What is a basic page?

A 'Basic page' is one of the simplest and most useful content types. Basic pages are each organised around a single topic and should make up the majority of content pages on your website.

See a basic page (staff login required)

Use a basic page for:

  • static or informational web content.

A basic page shouldn't be used for:

  • very long or dense content that would benefit from being a structured page
  • time sensitive content such as a news article.
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How to create a basic page

Basic pages can be created, edited and deleted by:

  • editors
  • site coordinators.

Once you log in to your website:

  1. Hover over the Drupal 'Content' menu, then go to 'Add content' > 'Basic page'.
  2. Enter a page title, summary and add all page content to the 'Body' field.
  3. Tick the 'Provide a menu link' box and choose a 'Parent item' for the page to sit under. This will add it to the main menu.
  4. Click the 'Publish' button to save and publish the page.
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Best practice

  • Add each basic page to the main menu so users have a clear navigation path.
  • Include a summary so search engines can display a relevant description in their search results
  • Avoid using the 'Aside' field for important calls to action – this field drops to the bottom of the page on mobile devices.
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Fields

Fill in all required fields and as many optional fields as possible to provide the best user experience.

Field name

Required field?

Notes

Title

Yes

Page title and H1 heading of the basic page.

Summary

No

Provides a short description of the page content that will display in search results. It will also display in teaser and card views (if relevant).

Body

No

Main content of the basic page.

Teaser image

No

Displays image on teaser and card views (if relevant).

Hero image

No

Replaces the default page header with a hero banner header.

Related content

No

Allows other pages on the site to be referenced in a short list on the page.

Aside

No

Used for content that is related to the body content such as reminders or contact details.

Tags

No

Allows the page to be tagged with taxonomy terms.

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