Editing Categories and Taxonomies

One of the most powerful aspects of Drupal is its use of ‘taxonomies‘ to organise content. A good example of how this works can be seen on your own user page, where by clicking on each of your ‘specialities‘, it takes you to a page that lists all other users who have listed that speciality.

Taxonomies – also called ‘Categories‘ – are used in a number of palces in the site. While most of these will remain static, one in particular will most probably grow and evolve as time goes on. This is the category for ‘Articles‘. If you look at the ‘E-Journal‘ page, you will see that the articles are organised under headings. This is dynamically organised, with each of these headings being a term from the ‘Article‘ category.

To add or edit terms in this taxonomy, click on ‘Administer‘ then ‘Categories‘.


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As in this instance we wish to edit the taxonomy for ‘Articles‘, click on the ‘list terms‘ link for the ‘Articles category‘.


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The page this loads lists the terms already belonging to the taxonomy. Any of these can be edited by clicking on the ‘edit‘ link show below. New terms to be added by clicking the ‘Add term‘ tab, and following the prompts.


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Once a new term has been added, ‘Articles‘ canbe assigned to that term. As each new term is populated, it will automatically appear on the ‘E-Journal’ page, will all pages assinged with the term listed below it.

An example of how this might be used is perhaps that papers presented at the 2007 PHANZA conference were to be added to the E-journal page, under the heading of ‘2007 PHANZA Conference’. First the new term would be added to the taxonomy, and then by clicking ‘Create Content‘ and choosing ‘Article‘ the new term could be applied to the article.