Here’s a trick. Go to WhatCMS.org and type www.magento.com in the field box and press ‘Enter’. You will see the result shown below.
— Peter Grond (@pgrond) November 28, 2013
Surprising, isn’t it?
Drupal can be termed as the original content management system (CMS) solution. Currently, there are two versions of Drupal in mainstream use, where Version 7 leads the market. Even though Drupal is being used by 1.9% of all websites (as reported by W3Techs), it powers the websites of many great publications like The Economist, Billboard, Men’s Health and Newsweek. Websites of Harvard University, University of Texas, and Duke University are also using it. Even, the internet registration regulatory body ICANN.org trusts this CMS for its website.
Why use Drupal Modules?
Like other CMS software, Drupal allows you to extend its functionalities with the help of add-ons. These add-ons are known as “Contributed Modules” or simply Modules. Currently for Drupal 7, there are 8,124 modules out of which 5,474 are actively updated and maintained. These modules have the ability to introduce all sorts of functionalities from media management to e-Commerce, from core administration to content handling.
Must-have Drupal 7 modules
While there is great choice when it comes to putting modules, there are some which are must-have for a Drupal website. However, before installing any module, you must read the documentation that comes with those modules. A good practice is to make a backup of your Drupal website before installation.
This is perhaps the most difficult of Drupal modules to understand. It does not have a visible effect, but it is of great importance. It allows you to put variable-like elements under which designated text replaces the placeholders. Let’s say if your website is programmed to email the latest blog updates, a token [like an email] will be used for such a purpose. Many other modules rely on the Token module for their functioning. This is why we rate it as the most important.
If you are running a content based website, you will need to have automated and SEO-friendly URLs for a Drupal website. This can be done for various content types. For example, you can make sure that all your blog posts are posted as ‘/blog/blog-title’. In this case, ‘blog-title’ will be a token. So, the Token module should be installed beforehand.
All this automation will be of no use if you do not get information of your site’s traffic. The module is easy to install and it tracks all the necessary information about your website’s traffic.
Unless you are a fan of plain text, this module is a must-have, especially if you are running a blog. WYSIWYG allows the use of client-side text editor modules which are required to be installed separately. So, if you want formatting buttons in your text area, you need to install this module.
It is the HTML editor module that is available for Drupal. Simply put, it gives a Word-like text input functionality by replacing the default Drupal textarea. Through this module, you can insert images, tables and hyperlinks. It even has a built-in spell-check capability. For a demo, you can click here. To download the module, please click the button below.
Social shares are the proof of your popularity. Even if you do not have any shares, it does not mean you are never going to get any. Use the ‘ShareThis’ module for the purpose of integrating social sharing buttons in a variety of forms.
The best capability of Disqus is that it allows you to develop a commenting system while keeping spammers at bay. Disqus gives you the option to ask for sign-ins while commenting. For signing in, you do not need a specific Disqus ID as popular social media sign-ins (like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc.) are offered. Therefore, you have a great chance at getting reliable feedback which in return creates more content—and thus, giving you an SEO edge.
Drupal does not have a very nice file management system. The Media module is going to save you from a lot of hassle. It integrates with the Drupal core and makes files and media management easy by introducing a ‘Unified User Interface’. It even handles the media assets store on a third-party host.
Backup and Migrate
Like anything, there is a chance your Drupal website might break. This is why keeping backups is essential. ‘Backup and Migrate’ is the defacto module for this purpose. It stores a backup of your MySQL databases and files. When required, it helps you in their restoration or migration. This module allows you to take backups to email, FTP or S3. You can schedule backups too. Plus, by installing more modules, you can backup your files directory and store your backups on Dropbox.
Firstly, to install Views, you need to install the ‘Ctools’ module which basically works like a framework for this module. Secondly, you need this module for a lot of different tasks. It helps in tasks where lists of certain content types are to be produced. It also helps in sorting out the default front page view. Therefore, if you know your SQL well, you are going to love Views.
If you think you know more modules, do let us know about them in the comments below.
Taking Drupal to the Cloud
The graph shown above puts an interesting fact out. Drupal may not be used by many sites, but it is preferred by high traffic sites, and it is common knowledge that cloud hosting is the best for high traffic sites. But, it is easier said than done. That is why investing in a managed cloud hosting service is a great idea. At Cloudways, we will handle all performance vitals (like uptime, scalability, backups, etc.) so you can focus on your core business functions. Click the button below to get a free quote!
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Saad is the Senior Editor at Cloudways - A Managed Cloud Hosting Platform. He is a technology enthusiast who loves to blog about emerging technologies and trends. When he is not blogging, he goes to the beach to find inspiration for his fictional stories.
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