This curriculum is designed to enable a new Drupal Content Author to understand the basics of page and module building after being trained using the ZenSource Lotus Administration interface, our foundational open source Drupal authoring environment.  Each instructor is ZenSource Trainer Certified with advanced Drupal knowledge as well as the communication skills to effectively train content authors of all skill levels.  

Training is conducted through instructor led training over 1 day.


  • This training is designed for a non-technical person but one should understand basic website concepts like hyperlinks, media assets, menus and page layout structure.  
  • Previous Content Management System (CMS) experience is helpful but not required.
  • A separate training demo web site will be setup with a ZenSource Lotus instance where users can practice outside of their website environment.


Drupal 101

This session will train core team authors on high value templates, modules, navigation and other base features using the Drupal standards that will be applied to your specific site implementation. This training goes deeper into more complex dynamic content modules and navigation features as well as basic accessibility for content authors.

Item Detail
Logging in & Navigating the Admin Where to login, Drupal environment usage and a tour of the admin and its features.
Adding & Editing Page Content Create content for base page layouts.  E.g. create and edit wide pages, pages with navigation.  Types of pages with more structured content vs. more modular content and their intended uses.
Adding & Editing Modules Create basic content modules (accordions, link lists, etc.) and a dynamic taxonomy driven module (related news, sliders, etc.).  This covers page specific modules as well as global, shared module usage.
Layout Manager How to use the visual page builder interface - drag modules to pages, add additional sections and blocks to customize your page layout.
Media Library Management How to manage and organize the media library for images, files, video assets, and third party CDN (e.g. YouTube, Vimeo)
Navigation Editing navigation – adding pages to navigation, editing global nav vs. in page or rail navigation.  This also covers nav flexibly for children display and nav refresh options.
Taxonomy Editing and adding taxonomy to a page or module.
Basic Accessibility for Authors Overview of maintaining page content for accessibly standards. This will include topics such as page header ordering, alt tag best practices, transcripts and captioning.