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.

Note: the presence of the Social content type in the Editorial theme is an artifact of the Classic theme. It is non-functional.

Once created, the Social content type can then be displayed through the Social Media Icon Sidebar content set, the Header, or the Local Footer of a GW Drupal Classic theme website.

Sample social media sidebar with icons for Facebook, RSS, LinkedIn, GW University Twitter, Discover GW YouTube channel & Online Strategy training videos YouTube channel

To use the Social Media sidebar, you must:

  1. First, create a Social content type for each network you'd like represented
  2. Then add each Social item to the Social Media Sidebar content set



  1. Hover over My Workbench > Create Content
  2. Click on Social
  3. Expand the required Subtype dropdown to pick the applicable social media network
  4. Use the Title field to name your icon
    • This is an internal administrative field that will not display to your website visitors
  5. Leave the Body text editor blank
  6. Click File Browser > Browse in the Social Media Icon section
  7. In the Images directory folder, locate the applicable social media icon
    • Icons have been pre-loaded for Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, RSS, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube
    •  Alternate Text should be the social media network's name
  8. Under the Link section:
    • Title is the text that will display next to the social media icon
    • URL is where the icon and its title will link to
  9. Click the Publishing Options panel at the bottom of the page
  10. Change the Moderation State to Published
  11. Click the Save button


  1. Hover of My Workbench > Create Content
  2. Select Content Set
  3. Set Social Media Icon Sidebar as the required subtype
  4. Under Onsite Content, type in the name of the Social icons you previously created
  5. Click the Add Another Item button to add additional icons if necessary and repeat Step 4
  6. Click the Publishing Options panel at the bottom of the page
  7. Change the Moderation State to Published
  8. Click the Save button

On the Homepage

By default, the homepage of the GW Drupal Classic theme website has a content pane on standby for displaying the Social Media Icon Sidebar. To allow yours to display there, you simply need to give it a Site Placement value of "Home" before it is published.

If the Social Media Icon Sidebar does not display, that likely means that its content pane has been deleted. A Site Administrator will need to restore the GW Content Set - Social Media Icon Sidebar Home Page content pane back to the homepage via the Customize this Page button in order for the feature to work as expected.

On a Subpage

  1. On the desired page, click the New Draft tab
  2. Scroll down to the Right Sidebar Content and/or Left Sidebar Content fields
  3. Type in the name of your Social Media Icon Sidebar content set
    • Drupal will display a list of matching content items
  4. Select the appropriate item
    • You must select from the list. Do not simply type its name into the field
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page
  6. Click on the Publishing Options panel
  7. Set the Moderation State to Published
  8. Click the Save button