Top 11 Most Popular Drupal 8 Ready Modules of 2017

by Hamza Zia  March 6, 2017

Modules are essential components of Drupal that add extended functionality to the website and turn a simple website into a very powerful beast!

Best Drupal 8 Modules

One of the best features of Drupal 8 is that it integrates several essential modules into the core of the CMS. This is a major improvement over Drupal 7! In this article, I will highlight several Drupal 8 ready modules for different use cases.

Admin Modules

Admin Toolbar

admin-toolbar

This module replaces the original admin menu with a responsive version that greatly improves the original menu’s functionality by adding drop-down menus. This speeds up the access to all administration pages. You could extend the functionality further by adding extra links for flushing cache and running Cron jobs.

Field Group

fieldgroup

The field group module allows easier organization of the content by grouping the fields together in either vertical or horizontal tabs, divs, accordions etc. This module greatly enhances the user experience for content editors.

Linkit

linkit-drupal-8

This is an extremely useful module that allows auto-complete feature for all internal and external links. Now, the content producers do not have to remember the exact URL. Adding the URL and the process of hyperlinking is now easy because of the very user-friendly UI of the module.

PathAuto

path-auto

Relevant and easy to remember URLs are an essential practice for website’s SEO. This module automatically generates relevant and easy to remember URL according to your web page.  These URLs ensure that the pages on the website rank better in search engines and that the pages perform well in SERP.

Drupal 8 Modules for Website Builders

BigPipe

Page load time is one of the most important parameters for both the users and search engines. If the page does not load quickly, the users will abandon the website and search engine might penalize your website!

This module implements BigPipe caching, originally introduced by Facebook, in order to speed up the website. The module first renders the cached components of the page and then loads up the dynamic components. This way, the page load speed increases dramatically.

Features

features

This module allows you to transfer and use your website’s configurations and components to other websites without any major issues.

Drupal 8 Blog Modules

Blog

The Blog module used to be a core module in Drupal 7, but has been removed from the core of Drupal 8 to a contributed module. This module, as the name suggests, allows the website administrators to build and maintain a blog.

ShareThis

sharethis

For a blogger, increasing the online reach is the top priority at all times. Social media remains the most important aspect of any strategy of increasing the reach of the blog. This module allows you to add social sharing buttons that let the visitors on the blog quickly share the content across their social media profiles.

Drupal 8 Newsletter Modules

MailSystem

mailsystem config

The Newsletter Module for Drupal 7 has, unfortunately, not been ported over to Drupal 8. However, the MailSystem module can be used as a workaround. This module allows you to set the templates and themes for the outgoing mail. You could also send regular newsletters to your subscribers through the module.

Drupal 8 Picture Modules

The Drupal 8 core includes the responsive_image module into the core of the CMS.

Image Effects

image effects

As the name implies, this module allows you to add additional effects to images and the image UI such as the example above.

Colorbox

colorbox

This module allows images on your website to be displayed in a convenient overlay over the current page. This allows for a distraction-free usage of images within the text.

Conclusion

In this article, I introduced several Drupal 8 ready modules that are essential for setting up and managing various aspects of the website. Drupal 8 is still work-in-progress with new modules being introduced on a regular basis and older Drupal 7 modules being ported to Drupal 8. If you think I have missed out an important Drupal 8 ready module or would like to contribute to the discussion, do leave a comment below. If you wish to try these modules without the hassle of setting up a Drupal environment yourself, then try Cloudways managed Drupal cloud hosting for an easy one-click installation of Drupal.

If you are looking to speed up your Drupal website, you might be interested in reading our blog post on: Speeding Up Drupal.

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About Hamza Zia

Hamza is a Drupal Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed Drupal Hosting Platform. He loves to write about Drupal and related topics. During his free time, he can be seen obsessing over Football, Cars, Android and Gaming.

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