Some Must Have Drupal Modules To Get A Better Site

Whenever you build a Drupal site, you must add some interesting modules. These modules enhance the overall appearance of the site giving it a cleaner look. These are the modules, say drupal developers, which absolutely must be included, no matter what.

1.)   Views:

Views module enables you to sort out the front page view a little differently. It gives you a little more flexibility to do it your way. It also works well when you want to restrict the post to a certain category. The idea of the article module appeals to you, but you do not like the way it displays an article. This is when you can use views module to your benefit. With the views module, you can even provide ‘unread forum posts’. You can easily have monthly archives linking viewers to a post with the link mentioned in the archive.

2.)   Content Construction Kit (CCK):

‘Fields’ is the new module name given to CCK in Drupal 7 versions. Even with these changes, the CCK module still offers some important Drupal 7 tools. If you wish to get your site upgraded from version 6, you can use the migration tools which are offered by this module. It also boasts of a PHP filter option. Some people consider this a very important feature of Content Construction Kit.

3.)   ImageCache:

With ImageCache, you can setup presets of images for processing the images. Drupal gets a request from the web server in the event of absence of an ImageCache derivative. Drupal, on getting this information, passes it on to ImageCache. ImageCache uses this information to dynamically generate a file. Usually, using ImageCache module is not a herculean task. However, if you do face any issues, you must immediately refer to the Documentation and Troubleshooting guides to get some help.

4.)   Pathauto:

As the name suggests, this is the automatic generation of a path or a URL. It does this for a variety of contents like nodes, taxonomy terms, and users. When using the Pathauto module, the user need not manually provide a path alias. Tokens are used to create aliases which are based on a pattern and the administrator has the full freedom to change these; having said that, multilingual URL alias support is considered to be a bit unstable. It should be tested first and then used in production.

5.)   Display Suite:

This is the latest module for a better site building experience. Display Suite can be used to alter node output. The Display Suite search module is another great module that users will love. It allows developers to get search results. It does this not just as a search excerpt but as an actual module.

6.)   Date:

With the date module, you can add date fields into the content. You can also add beautiful looking pop up calendars which are powered by javascript. It also has Views integration.

7.)   Email:

Drupal 7 allows you to easily add email addresses as fields. This is commonly done and is pretty easy to use.

8.)   Webform:

With the webform module, you can easily take surveys in Drupal. An email receipt may be received by those who take this survey. It also sends a notification to the administrator. Drupal developers believe that this is an amazing module as you can export the results into any Spreadsheet application, the most common one being MS Excel. Basic statistical reviews are also provided by this module. Webform is a great way to include contests, personalized contact forms or petitions on the site. This is one of the most commonly used modules for a good site building experience.

Author’s bio:

Declan is considered as one of the most famous drupal developers and he loves to include interesting drupal mosules to come up with interesting and creative looking sites for his clients. An IT graduate, he loves working on the computer all day long and even in his spare time.

 

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    Charlie Brown

    Hello, I am one of the drupal developers in San Francisco and I must tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. This article is so informative and so helpful, especially to any of the amateurs who are trying to experiment with the different Drupal modules. This will definitely help them. Regarding Webform, I could not agree more. I recently used this module to run a contest for a popular website and the response that we got was tremendous. This is just absolutely amazing. Thanks for putting up a list though. I guess I’ll have to do something similar soon.

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    Devendra Dembla

    Very informative! I loved how you have tried to explain the modules in detail. However, being one of the drupal developers in San Francisco, I would love to mention a few more modules that you could use to build a good site. I think that apart from these wonderful modules that you just mentioned, Context and Content Taxonomy are some amazing modules that one could use as well. Link and Media could also be used to make the site a tad more entertaining. All the same, I absolutely loved this piece of writing. It will help many in their quest to discover good modules for Drupal.

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    Raj Kiran

    I am not a professional. Infact, A few months ago, I did not even know what Drupal was. However, after I came across it, I was totally spellbound. Drupal gives you so much freedom to make a good site and the modules that you just mentioned, you made things simpler. I’m sure the drupal developers in San Francisco use these modules extensively. I am just still learning the ropes and I hope I can manage to pull it off. With regards to ImageCache, I have used this module several times and I haven’t really come across any issues so far. However, now that you have warned us, I will keep a watchful eye.

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