Term index

Like anything else, Drupal and Acquia have their own terms and concepts that might be unfamiliar to you if you’re new to either. We’ve put together this glossary of terms (including a brief definition for each) and links to additional information about each item.

Term Definition
Block A container for information (that can be placed in regions) for display on your website.
Build artifact

A generated codebase created as the result of a build process. It may include, but is not limited to:

  • Any third-party packages or libraries managed by Composer or NPM.
  • CSS or JavaScript files compiled by task runners, such as Grunt.
  • The results of custom processes scripted and carried out as part of the build process.
Content The information that you want to provide to your website’s visitors.
Content type A structured data type that defines how content is added to a website and displayed.
Docroot The root level directory of your Drupal installation and its websites, which contains its files and directories.
Distribution A packaged set of files that include Drupal core along with a set of themes and modules, that is normally designed to address a particular need.
Environment The section of the server and application stack in which a web application exists.
Install The process of creating a Drupal website, or the collection of files and code that make up a website.
Multisite A group of websites contained by a single docroot.
Module An extension or plugin that adds functionality to your Drupal website.
Permission An individual ability (relating to website access or administrative access that can be provided to users.
Realm An identifier for the different types of Acquia Cloud subscriptions that is incorporated into a server’s full, unique name, which is used in certain command-line scripts.
Region An area defined by a theme, into which you can place a block of content.
Role A collection of permissions that can be applied to a group of website users that have similar requirements.
Theme Files and settings that determine the visual style of a Drupal website.
Tier A description of your server architecture or subscription.

Additional resources

The Glossary page on Drupal.org contains additional information about these and other Drupal terms.

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