Glossary of Terms


Review our alphabetized list of tutorials and important terms in GW Drupal.

403 Error Page/Message

The 403 Access Denied Error Page (or simply, 403 Error) displays whenever a website visitor tries to access a page that has been unpublished from public view.

404 Error Page/Message

Almost all websites have what is called a 404 Error Page (or simply 404 Page) built into their framework. The 404 Page presents a message to users who have a bad or broken link.

A-Z Lists

There are several options for A-Z lists in GW Drupal.


To ensure that your website content is available to anyone, regardless of the device being used to access your website and taking into account challenges and disabilities a user may experience.


GW Drupal allows you to create archives of Articles and Events in both the Classic and Editorial themes.


A structured page content type to present date-driven news items, speeches, publications or other content that has a publication date. Article pages can be automatically aggregated into news feeds.

Button Links

The WYSIWYG text editor includes styles to turn text into button links that serve as call-to-action links.


A version of webpages stored in the short term memory of Drupal to allow pages to load faster. Clearing the cache can help to load new changes that do not immediately display.


Exclusive to the Classic theme, the Carousel can be used to feature the title, image, and a summary blurb for up to nine pieces of content in a horizontally scrolling format.

Content Cloning

Sometimes, you need to replicate the content of an existing page into a new one with some minor tweaks. For instance, if there are a series of events with nearly identical information.

Content Sets

Content Sets allow you to group multiple pages or supportive elements together into a single unit. For instance, grouping several pages into a quick links List or multiple Heroes into a rotating Hero slider on your homepage.

Content Sharing

Often, there is an overlap in the information that needs to be shared across two different GW Drupal websites.

Custom Content Panes

Custom content panes create a standalone content pane on the page - outside of the regular content inventory - into which any text or images can be placed. They are only accessible on the page(s) where they have been added.

Customize this Page

The Customize this Page button displays all of the active content panes on a page. Each content pane is designed to display a specific type of content and includes some configuration options.

Drafts & Published Content

As you work on content in GW Drupal you will want to save what you have done. You can save content as a draft, only visible to logged in users or as published content visible to anyone. 

Editor's Picks

Displays handpicked Articles in two columns; supports an image, title and summary.


A structured page content type to feature events, including a special right sidebar that displays when & where your event is, contact info, a customizable call-to-action button (ex: to RSVP). This is the required content type to create an Event Feed.

Feature Spotlight

The Feature Spotlight is designed to allow a site owner or content manager to feature a single content item with summary text, an optional image, and a "Read More" link to encourage users


GW Drupal sites can display feeds of content from multiple sources. Sometimes you may want to display a feed of your own content, such as displaying your latest Article headlines on your homepage.


A Global content element, it displays at the bottom of all website pages and typically displays contact information, important links or call-to-action links, as well as links to relevant social media accounts, at the site owner's discretion.

General Content

A page content type used to create basic pages.

Global Content

Global content elements repeat across multiple or all pages of a website.


Groups Promotions together in sets of 2, 3 or 4 in a horizontal row


A global content element, it provides a space to present the university logo and/or to identify the site owner.

Hero Banners

The Hero is the banner image appears across the top of the pages of your website.


Depending on whether your website uses the Editorial theme or the Classic theme, you will manage your homepage content via the Customize this Page interface (Editorial theme) or by using Site Placement tagging (Classic theme).


Font Awesome icons can be used to call attention to sections of a page or replace images with simple visuals.

Image Teaser

The Image Teaser content set features the Main Image and title of up to four Promotions in 2x2 grid format or a single row (depending on your GW Drupal site's theme).


Links guide a user to another page on your site, an external site, or a document.


The List content set subtype allows you to create a list of links (commonly referred to as Quick Links) that can be reused throughout your website.

Logging In

After an account on a specific GW Drupal website is created, active GW faculty, staff, students and affiliates may use their GW UserID credentials to log in.

Logos & Brands

Logos and Brands are used to identify the site owner and must adhere to university brand guidelines.

Media Slider

A slider dedicated to featuring Promotions with video overlays.

Mini Panels

Exclusively designed for the Editorial theme, Mini Panels allow you to place up to three (3) items side-by-side and are particularly useful for placing dynamic and/or a

Node ID

A unique numerical identifier automatically assigned to every piece of content in Drupal websites. The Node ID remains constant, even if an item is renamed.


Panelizer sets a given page back to its default layout and settings.


A structured page content type designed to present details about a person in biography format. You can dynamically aggregate Person pages into an A-Z list to create a directory.

Photo Gallery

The Photo Gallery content type is used to display a series of related photos.


Promotions use short chunks of text, images, links and videos. They can be standalone elements or used to promote a subpage, service, event, etc.

Promotion Slider

AKA, the Promo Slider, this content set subtype allows you to feature Promotions in a rotating slider that will scale up or down based on the content area it is placed into


Redirects are used to send users who are going to outdated URLs to a new, more appropriate URL.

Repeating Sidebar

The Repeating Sidebar content set allows you to display sidebar items throughout the entire website or throughout a specific section via Site Placement versus adding the item(s) to each individual page.

Rotating Hero

The Rotating Hero content set allows you to group multiple Hero banners into a rotator.

Rotating Sidebar

Available in both themes of GW Drupal, the Rotating Sidebar content set subtype allows you to group together Pages and Promotions into a single rotating element.


Optional left and right sidebars can be used to display navigation and supporting elements.

Site Placement

GW Drupal uses Site Placement taxonomy terms to organize and govern where content is displayed.

Social Media Sidebar

Exclusive to the GW Drupal Classic theme, the Social content type can be used to display linked social media accounts related to your organization.

Summary (a.k.a. Teaser Text)

Content displayed in a feed, such as a list of Articles, usually displays a summary blurb.

Taxonomy Lists

In websites, taxonomy is a content categorization tool.

Taxonomy Terms

In GW Drupal, the taxonomy is a set of keyword terms (a.k.a. tags) used for content categorization.

User Accounts

Managed by the Site Administrator of the website in question, there are three account types in GW Drupal, each with varying permission levels for content management and website customizations.

Utility Links

An exclusive feature in the GW Drupal Editorial theme that allows site owner to display up to eight custom text links above the Main Header.


A page content type containing fillable form fields. Submissions can be sent to multiple email addresses, and results can be downloaded into an MS Excel or CSV file.

Workbench Access

The Workbench Access module allows Site Administrators to grant users editing permissions to specific pages or sections on the website.

WYSIWYG Template Samples

This page provides examples of all the WYSIWYG templates available in the GW Drupal Editorial Theme. 

WYSIWYG Text Editor

An acronym for "What You See Is What You Get", it is the text editing tool used in GW Drupal. Exclusive to the GW Drupal Editorial theme are tabs, accordions, and page layout templates within the text editor.