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4 Brilliant Drupal Modules You Should Have

By admin May 8, 2015
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Drupal is an open source CMS (Content Management System) that powers millions of websites and applications across the World Wide Web. It is a very popular choice by many corporates due to the stability, flexibility, security and features that it offers its users as well as development professionals. Drupal is fully open source (meaning free to use and you have the ability to customize it as well) and is built in the PHP programming language. If you are choosing to go with Drupal development, you won’t be disappointed with what you can do and accomplish with this brilliant CMS platform. You can easily find a Drupal development professional or a company to help you with your Drupal project and it is more affordable when compared to other technologies such as Python or Ruby for example. Below, we will discuss some great modules you should consider when you are created your Drupal-based website or application:

VIEWS – This is by far one of the most popular modules for any Drupal version out there. The simple reason why View is so popular is due to the fact that how development professionals have the ability to easily organize the content within the Drupal CMS using the View module. The View module allows a Drupal development professional to create MySQL queries which can be run against the Drupal database allowing you to view the requested information in different formats for its users. This module allows a developer a huge array of options to structure and display information such as galleries, blogposts, graphs, articles and so on. It even allows its users to easily and efficiently display the related content making it a win-win for anyone that uses it. Granted, it can be configured according to your Drupal development needs but it does take some time getting used to like anything else really. One recommendation that we have based upon our past experience is to ensure that cache is enabled and to increase the amount of time views are cached. Overall, this module is a must-have and is something that you will thank us for once you know how to use to correctly.

WYSIWYG – This module stands for “what you see is what you get.” It is an absolute must-have for any Drupal website that is maintained by a non-technical or not so technical person, whichever way you want to put it really. This module allows a Drupal user to easily edit, add and maintain content within a Drupal-based website similar to a Microsoft Word application or an Open Office Writer software. If you are not that technically sound, then this module is a must-have for your Drupal website or application. Ask the Drupal development company you working with to install this module for you or if you are building your website in-house, then ask the Drupal development professional who is creating your website to install it for you. Ultimately, this Drupal module allows you to make changes to your Drupal website without the use of HTML coding which is definitely on the technical side for majority of users. If you are not a developer, then this Drupal module needs to be installed for you so you cane easily maintain and update your Drupal website or application.

PATHAUTO – Path Auto is a Drupal module that is primarily used for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) purposes. Having a website these days is not enough as you need to have a website that is SEO ready and enabled which is what this module allows you to do during your Drupal development phase. The Path Auto module allows the website administrator to create customized URL’s for your content in a format that is much easier to understand versus auto-creating them. This module is not easy to configure by any means but it is one of the most flexible Drupal modules that is used to create customized URL’s for SEO best-practice purposes. If you want your Drupal-based website or application to get found online through the Search Engines, then this is the Drupal module you need to have installed. Ask your Drupal development professional to install this OR the Drupal development company you are working with to configure this for you to ensure you are getting traffic through your SEO efforts.

METATAG – This is yet again another brilliant Drupal module that you need to have for your website for SEO purposes. If you are looking to increase your traffic through your SEO efforts, then this Drupal module is a must-have. This module allows your developers to set Metatags on every webpage that is read and used by the Search Engines. This Drupal module allows you to have Meta Tags and Meta Descriptions on your Drupal website which again is a must-have if you want to get found online within the Search Engines. Ask the Drupal development professional you are working with to install this or the Drupal development company you are partnering with to ensure this module is installed within your Drupal-based website to get the most out of your SEO efforts.

Summary
It’s no surprise that Virgin, War Child, Prince of Wales, Fox, The Onion, Yahoo and many more are relying on the Drupal CMS to help them with their enterprise business needs. Whether you are a small company or even a multi-national organization, Drupal is well-known for being secure, dependable, flexible, and feature-rich making it a brilliant solution. With more than 20,000 modules that are available, you have a whole array of options during your Drupal development phase to really get that extra oomph for your Drupal website or application. Ensure of course that you are working with a dependable, trusted and experienced Drupal development company that can deliver exactly what you are looking for and can also advise you on the best modules according to your business needs. The above list is by no means a complete Encyclopedia of the best modules that are available but definitely are good-ones that should be considered when you are creating your Drupal-based website or application. If you are looking for an experienced, trusted, affordable and capable Drupal development partner, please feel free to reach out to the team at Mind Digital for any of your development or digital marketing needs you have.

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