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Welcome to your new Drupal site!

This is your new Drupal website hosted at CERN. Drupal websites at CERN come with some out-of-the box functionalities.

Quick Tour

Before you get started, let's have a quick tour of your newly created website.

  • From the Main Navigation menu settings you can add/remove/update the menu items of the basic menu
  • In the CERN Theme settings you can change the colour palette of the website and also choose whether you want the Site Name, Slogan and Logo to appear
  • You can change the basic information of your website such as the name, slogan etc, in the Basic site settings page.

The Drupal Infrastructure

The Drupal Infrastucture at CERN provides a collection of useful functionalities for all Drupal websites.

  • Hosting the websites
  • Keeping track and updating the Drupal core
  • Hosting and updating the themes and modules that CERN exclusively provides.
  • Providing a set of extremely useful functionalities for your Drupal websites such as keeping backups, cloning your website, connecting your website to webdav, keeping statistics and many more. You can find more in the Site management documentation of Drupal infrastructure

The Drupal infrastructure is managed by the IT department of CERN.


The default enabled theme is the CERN Theme. If you want to know more about the CERN Theme and what it offers, you can have a look at the official documentation. If you want to know more about the theme structure at CERN, you can read this detailed article.


CERN also provides a set of useful modules to help you build and style your Drupal website.

  • CERN Components: provides a set of patterns that constitute out-of-the box layouts in order to render your content using pre-defined styles.
  • CERN Display Formats: provides pre-defined rendering formats for views. The formats are combined with the components and produce views to display your content.
  • CERN Landing Page: provides an out-of-the-box content type that gives you the opportunity to build your own pages piece by piece using pre-designed components such as Hero Headers, Image Galleries, Banners etc. Some example landing pages include Accelerators, the Standard Model and the Birth of the Web. If you want to have a predefined content type in order to build beautiful landing pages and you don't want to mess with HTML, CSS and JS, the Landing Page module is your answer.
  • CERN Indico Feeds / Events: The package CERN Indico Feeds provides integration with Indico and allows you to import Indico events in your website. The package CERN Indico Events provides a content type called "Indico Event" for creating nodes of Indico Events imported from the CERN Indico Feeds module.
  • and more...

The themes and modules are maintained by the Web Team of IR.


While working with Drupal at CERN, the following resources should be your best friends.

  • Drupal Community: Join the e-group of Drupal Community to receive informative emails regarding news of the themes and modules of CERN. You will also receive invitations for the regular Hack Meetings .
  • Drupal Community Forum: Do you have a question or a suggestion concerning your Drupal website? You can post it in the forum and the Drupal community of CERN will respond as soon as possible. The Drupal Community Forum is the suggested way to ask questions regarding Drupal, as it helps with knowledge transfer since your questions and the answers will be visible to everyone and encourages knowledge transfer.
  • Webtools website: This includes official documentation for the themesmoduleshow-to articlesFAQs as well as a guide for Drupal beginners.

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