Drupal is a very powerful and scalable content management system with standard features like easy content authoring, reliable performance and efficient security. These features make it a great choice for many websites and applications, we use every day. The core principles of Drupal are flexibility and modularity. Drupal’s modules expand its functionalities and themes and can be mixed and matched to enhance its core abilities. The add-ons that allow you to expand Drupal’s functionalities are known as “Contributed Modules” or just “Modules”. Modules have the ability to introduce all kinds of functionalities from core administration to content handling and from media management to e-Commerce. Here are some of the best Drupal modules:
Views, one of the most popular Drupal module, allows one to create, manage and display lists of content. Each list managed by Views is known as ‘View’, and the output of a view is known as ‘display’. With Views, you can create a slideshow of your images, and create new pages that list all recent updates to your site. You can also create sidebar block showing the 5 most recent comments on your website. Privileged users can have access to perform bulk actions on Views and end users can access to control resorting or filtering information.
BigPipe is a browser rendering concept. This concept was created by Facebook to double the speed of their site page loading time. Drupal 8 leverages the BigPipe module and delivers web pages from servers to client in a way that improves load time and actual page load time of sites. BigPipe allows you to break web pages into chunks of content called Pagelets and pipeline the generation and render these Pagelets. It reduces time to load (TTL) of pages.
This is the most difficult to understand Drupal module. It doesn’t have visible effect but still is of great importance. By using this module you can put variable like elements under which designated text replaces the placeholders. Many other modules depend on this module for their functioning, hence it is very important. You can learn about it in details here.
Rules is a fundamental Drupal module that enables site users to create Event, Condition, Action (ECA) rules. Also, it allows site builders to bring automation to their sites. Developers have the flexibility to create complex rules, extend and modify the nature of the Rules module itself. Site builders can create and modify fairly complex business logic without writing code. You can create notification emails to author when a comment is posted, so they can review and respond. Rules can be triggered manually via the Rules API.
This is the HTML editor module, is it also called as WYSIWYG editor. This allows Drupal to replace text area fields with the CKEditor. This module loads faster and is developer friendly. You can insert images, tables and hyperlinks through this module. It has a built-in spell checker and it doesn’t require any installation on the client computer.
Features modules enables you to import and export configuration and code as a package or collection which can be moved across Drupal sites. Feature modules contain additional information in their info file so that configuration can be checked, updated or reverted programmatically. Using Features modules, you can export the rules created using the Rules module into many other websites you have.
Lightning is a collection of Drupal modules provided as a distribution. It provides decoupled features that can be used to accelerate Drupal project building. By deploying a distribution for a specific use case and then adding any required customizations, you can launch a new website quickly. Lightning enables all the users to rapidly establish new sites and helps new users to learn curves faster.
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