Drupal 7 Page Layouts and Content Types

Drupal 7 Page Layouts and Content Types
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Basic Content Types (Built Into Drupal)

Basic Page

A web page has unique content that should usually have a link from the main menu (the top, gold menu in the new design). A page may contain documents, images, or just regular text. Use basic pages for your static content, such as an 'About us' page.


A block usually looks like a box, contains text or images, and can be shown on one or many pages. You often see a block floating on either the right or left side of a page. The GT Theme offers a number of preset block layouts and block styles.

Georgia Tech Custom Page Layouts

If your site is using the GT Theme, and has had the custom GT Content Types page layouts module installed, you will also have three additional ways to organize content on your pages.  Every field (such as a row of blocks) that comes with each of these layouts is optional, so you can pick and choose just what you need for a particular page.

Horizontal landing page

This layout is most often used for homepages.

It allows up to four horizontal rows of blocks to be added below the main body text.

Vertical landing page

This layout is often used to show related content to whatever is at the top of the page.

It creates two vertical columns for blocks that can be added below the main body text.

Multipurpose page

Your Swiss army knife of page layouts, this layout works well for breaking up content-heavy pages into separate sections.

It provides three separate fields for body text, each with:

  • a horizontal block row beneath it, and
  • a sidebar beside it.

Switching Layouts

If you need to change from one layout to another, it is best to engage your website developer / administrator, as this process requires special privileges on many Drupal sites, and even on sites where a content editor can switch layout types, there is a risk of losing your content if you don't do the conversion properly.