A website can contain many different types of content, such as informational pages, news items, polls, blog posts, real estate listings, staff listings, etc. In Drupal, each item of content is called a node, and each node belongs to a type of content. Each content type defines a unique set of features. For example an event type would probably include fields for start and stop dates, a staff listing page would include fields for title, department, contact info, etc.
Default Content Types
The following default content types are typically installed on all Drupal websites, although depending on the needs of particular site, they may not all be active. Additional content types are very easily created as needed.
Pages are the most typical type of web content. They include fields for entering the page title, main text, and metatag information. Books Books are structured, multi-page collections, such as site resource guides, manuals, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Books include an automatic Table of Contents as well as automatic Back and Next buttons.
Blogs are collections of Weblog entries. They are usually displayed on reverse chronological order. Each member of your site can maintain their own personal blog or the site can display a main, site wide blog.
The Book Content Type is a structured, multi-page documents such as resource guides, manuals, or Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). Books can have chapters, sections, subsections, etc.
Events include date information and can be displayed in online calendars. Events can include information on location, directions, contact information, and can be combined with signup and attendance functions for a complete online event planning system.
Your site includes a powerful news feed aggregator used to gather fresh content from across the web for display on your site.
A powerful forum system allows you to create collections of forums and sub-forums.
A story is similar to a page but includes a few additional features. By default, a story entry is automatically featured on the site's initial home page, and provides the ability for visitors to add comments. Press releases, site announcements, and informal blog-like entries are typical uses of the story content type.