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This guide provides instructions and information about Stanford Web Services Jumpstart platform, based on Drupal 7.

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Getting started with your new site

Welcome to Jumpstart!

Your website combines the advantages of Drupal with a streamlined and simplified user experience provided by Stanford Web Services. We hope that your Jumpstart site will allow you to get started quickly with little to no training required.

Access to your site

Your website is initially delivered in development mode, which means that until you are ready to launch, the whole site is excluded from search engines and people searching on the web cannot find it. However, your site is available to anyone with the URL. In other words, if you email the URL of your site to anyone, they can access it. This can be helpful if you have multiple people you are trying to get feedback from.

If you want to hide your site while it is under development, go to the Add Features page to request Site Protection.

Getting started

Logging In

To log in to your site, click the SUNet Login link on the top right. Your SUNet ID has been granted Site owner access to your Jumpstart site. If you wish to add other users to your site, see the Add a new user page.

Your admin shortcuts bar

The admin shortcuts bar provides you with a Site Actions menu. This menu includes common administrative actions you might need to perform as part of ongoing site editing and maintenance, such as editing content and users.

Editing content

Your Stanford Sites Jumpstart website provides you with a set of starter pages that allow you to jump right in to editing and adding page content. You can easily edit every page and change page content, page titles, and where these pages live in the menu. Look for the Edit tab on each page once you have logged in. To find out more about editing content, review the Content Editor section of the user guide.

Adding images

Each page provides a Featured Image field that allows you to easily place an image on every page and include a caption and credits. To find out more about how to add, remove, replace, and insert images into your content, visit the Manage Images page.

Adding features and getting help

The admin shortcuts bar has links to add advanced features to your site, as well as a link to help resources. Feel free to familiarize yourself with the help resources available to you, including requesting assistance from the Stanford Web Services team (a link for this is provided on the Get Help page).

Launching your site

The Stanford Web Services team appreciates at least a two week advanced notice for launching sites, and aims to launch sites Tuesdays through Thursdays.

Note: During peak periods, some dates may not be available.

When you are ready to launch your site, click the Ready to Launch? link from the admin toolbar. From the Launch Checklist page, review the checklist items. Once you have reviewed each of the checklist items, click the Request Site Launch button.