Drupal

Mobile Supported

Drupal-SMF is a content management system that facilitates blog-based communication. Simple Machines Forum (SMF) is a threaded discussion forum that can be used with Drupal-SMF if required.

Note: Mac users will need to open Firefox as their browser when using Drupal-SMF.

Note: You will need to be an 'administrative user' to be able to access the Drupal-SMF administration functions. Contact the CloudDeakin Support to change your role if required. Refer to the Using Drupal-SMF guide for information on how to use Drupal-SMF's other features.

Create a Drupal-SMF site via your CloudDeakin site

Faculty Admin, Unit Chair and Academic Admin Support roles have the ability to create links to additional applications such as MediaWiki, EchoSystem, Drupal-SMF and the Learning Repository from within a site in the CloudDeakin application.

  1. Click the Resources link in the Site Navbar.
  2. Go to a module.
  3. Click Add Existing Activities and select Additional Applications.
  4. From the pop-up window, select Drupal.

Update the banner


Edit the home and help pages

  1. Navigate to the page you wish to edit and click the Edit tab.
  2. Make the required changes, scroll down and click the Submit button to save your changes.

Note: There are many hyperlinked options available in the edit interface. Please contact the CloudDeakin Support if you require information on any of these options.


Add pages

  1. Click on Administer then Page in the main menu to the left of the window.
  2. Type in a title for the new page and add any required content to the Body field.
  3. Scroll down and click the Menu settings link.
  4. Type in the Title of the page as you want it to appear in the main menu to the left of the window.
  5. Select a Weight for the menu item from the drop-down list (low numbers will appear at the top of the menu, large numbers will appear towards the bottom of the menu).
  6. Scroll down and click the Submit button. Your new page will now appear as a link in the main menu to the left of the window.

Edit or remove blog posts

  1. Click on Blogs in the main menu to the left of the window and navigate to the post you wish to edit or remove.
  2. You will need to 'drill down' into the post, to a level where you can see an Edit tab at the top of the post, or the Edit and Delete links at the bottom of a comment or reply.

    To edit or remove a post, click the Edit tab at the top of the window. You have two options:

    • Edit the content and then click on Submit at the bottom of the window, or
    • Click on Delete at the bottom of the window to delete the whole post.

    To edit, delete or reply to a comment:

    • Click on Edit under the comment and make your changes. Click on Post comment at the bottom of the window, or
    • Click on Delete under the comment.
    • Click on Reply under the comment to reply to a comment.

Manage blog comments

Administrators can choose to edit, delete or unpublish comments if they are inappropriate.

  1. Click on Administer then Content Management then Comments in the main menu to the left of the window. A list of comments published on the site will appear in the main window.
  2. You can then either manage or edit the comments:
    • To manage comments:
      1. Click on the box next to the comment you wish to manage.
      2. Select either Unpublish the selected comments or Delete the selected comments from the Update options drop-down list.
      3. Click on the Update button.
    • To edit comments:
      1. Click the Edit link that appears to the right of the comment you wish to manage.
      2. Make the required changes to the comment text and click Post comment.

Navigate the forum


Create different types of topics in the forum

  1. Click on Forums in the main menu to the left of the window.
  2. Click on the title of the relevant discussion board.
  3. Click on the New Topic button to the top right of the window.
  4. Type in a Subject and Body text.
  5. Click on the Additional Options... link and make your selection. The options available include:
    • Announce topic: this option can be used to send an email to selected user groups, advising them that the topic has been posted.
    • Lock this topic: this option can be used to close a topic so no-one can post any further messages. You might use this option when posting topics that do not require users to reply.
    • Sticky this topic: this option can be used to make a topic appear at the top of the list of topics in a discussion board.
    • Attach: include an attachment with the topic.
  6. Click Post.

Note: some options require you to complete a number of further steps after you have clicked Post.


Edit a post or topic in the forum

As an administrator, you can edit the topics and posts of others.

  1. Click on Forums in the main menu to the left of the window.
  2. Click on the title of the relevant discussion board.
  3. Click on the title of the relevant topic in the subject list.
  4. To edit an individual post, click the modify icon to the top right of the post. Make your changes and click Save.
  5. To edit a topic, click on one of the five buttons at the bottom of the listed posts:
    • Move Topic: moves the topic and all of its posts to another discussion board.
    • Remove Topic: deletes the topic and all of its posts.
    • Lock Topic: no-one can add any further posts to the topic.
    • Set Topic Sticky: the topic is moved so it appears at the top of the list of topics for the discussion board.
    • Merge Topic: merges the topic and all of its posts with another topic.

Delete a post or topic from the forum

As an administrator, you can delete the topics and posts of others.

  1. Click on Forums in the main menu to the left of the window.
  2. Click on the title of the relevant discussion board.
  3. Click on the title of the relevant topic in the subject list.
    • To remove an individual post, click the remove icon to the top right of the post. Note: you cannot delete the first post in a topic if there are replies to that post. You must either delete all of the replies first, or
    • To remove the entire topic, click the REMOVE TOPIC button at the bottom of all the posts.

Create a new category

  1. Click on Forums in the main menu to the left of the window.
  2. Click the Admin button in the horizontal forum navigation menu. A Login box will appear. Type in the password you use to access the site and click on the Login button.
  3. Click Boards under Forum in the left hand sub menu.
  4. Click the Create new category link that appears in the middle of the window.
  5. Set the position of your category relative to existing categories using the Order drop-down list.
  6. Type a name for the new category in the Full name text box.
  7. Tick or untick the Collapsible checkbox as required.
  8. Scroll down and click Add Category.

Note: A new category will only appear in the forum's list once a discussion board has been added to it.


Create a new discussion board

  1. Click on Forums in the main menu to the left of the window.
  2. Click the Admin button in the horizontal forum navigation menu. A Login box will appear. Type in the password you use to access the site and click on the Login button.
  3. Click on Boards under Forum in the left hand sub menu.
  4. Click on the Add Board button to the right of the Modify Boards list.
  5. Set the position of your board relative to existing boards using the Order drop-down list.
  6. Type a name for the new discussion board in the Full name text box.
  7. Tick or untick the boxes next to the membergroups as required from the Allowed Groups list. Ensure Regular Members remains ticked if you want all board users to access the new board. Ensure Guests is unticked so that users need to login to view the boards.
  8. Scroll down and click on the Add Board button.

Create a new membergroup

  1. Click on Forums in the main menu to the left of the window.
  2. Click the Admin button in the horizontal forum navigation menu. A Login box will appear. Type in the password you use to access the site and click on the Login button.
  3. Click Membergroups under Members in the left hand sub menu.
  4. Click on the Add group button to the right of the Regular groups list.
  5. Type in the Membergroup name.
  6. Do not adjust the default Permissions settings.
  7. In the Visible boards list, click on the box next to the discussion boards you wish the new membergroup to be able to view.
  8. Click Add group.
  9. Click Save.

Modify membergroup settings

  1. Click on Forums in the main menu to the left of the window.
  2. Click the Admin button in the horizontal forum navigation menu. A Login box will appear. Type in the password you use to access the site and click on the Login button.
  3. Click Membergroups under Members in the left hand sub menu.
  4. Click the Modify link in the Regular groups list next to the Membergroup you wish to modify.
  5. Adjust the values and click Save.

Add and remove a user in membergroup

  1. Click on Forums in the main menu to the left of the window.
  2. Click the Admin button in the horizontal forum navigation menu. A Login box will appear. Type in the password you use to access the site and click on the Login button.
  3. Click Membergroups under Members in the left hand sub menu.
  4. Click on the Name of the membergroup that you need to update.
    • To add members type the usernames, separated by commas into the List of Members to Add text box and click Add Members.
    • To remove members, select the box next to the user you wish to remove and click Remove from Group!

Modify membergroup settings

  1. Click on Forums in the main menu to the left of the window.
  2. Click the Admin button in the horizontal forum navigation menu. A Login box will appear. Type in the password you use to access the site and click on the Login button.
  3. Click Membergroups under Members in the left hand sub menu.
  4. Click the Modify link in the Regular groups list next to the Membergroup you wish to modify.
  5. Adjust the values and click Save.

Add and remove a user in membergroup

  1. Click on Forums in the main menu to the left of the window.
  2. Click the Admin button in the horizontal forum navigation menu. A Login box will appear. Type in the password you use to access the site and click on the Login button.
  3. Click Membergroups under Members in the left hand sub menu.
  4. Click on the Name of the membergroup that you need to update.
    • To add members type the usernames, separated by commas into the List of Members to Add text box and click Add Members.
    • To remove members, select the box next to the user you wish to remove and click Remove from Group!

Add or remove users to the Drupal-SMF site

Note: If you have set up your Drupal-SMF site via your CloudDeakin site, unit staff and students who are enrolled in the unit should automatically become registered users of the site.

If your Drupal-SMF site was set up for you, outside of CloudDeakin, then user accounts need to be created and removed manually.

To add members:
  1. Click on Administer then Site configuration then Bulk Users in the main menu to the left of the window.
  2. Click anywhere in the Add bulk users: username|email: text box.
  3. Enter Deakin usernames for those you wish to have access. Press enter after each username so they appear one per line.
  4. Click Save configuration.
  5. Click on Forums in the main menu to the left of the window.
  6. Click the Admin button in the horizontal forum navigation menu.
  7. A login box will appear. Type in the password you use to access the site and click on the Login button.
  8. Click Members in the Members section of the left hand sub menu to view the list of members registered in your Drupal-SMF site. You should see the users you just added.
To remove members from the site:
  1. Click on Forums in the main menu to the left of the window.
  2. Click the Admin button in the horizontal forum navigation menu.
  3. A login box will appear. Type in the password you use to access the site and click on the Login button.
  4. Click Members in the Members section of the left hand sub menu to view the list of members registered in your Drupal-SMF site.
  5. Tick the box next to the members you wish to remove.
  6. Click the Delete Selected Members button.

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