Top 10 Drupal Modules that admin must know!
Drupal has a huge heap of modules to dig from. You need not be a coder to walk through drupal, if you have modules to guide you through. Site administration without some modules could be a rough ride with few sharp corners. Here are 10 such modules that admin cant live without!
A must have admin interface that renders all the administrative items in a very organized and attractive menu in the top sidebar of your website. It even allows you to customize your admin experience. None the less it is a life saver for people who are not comfortable with Drupal - as you can easily add, modify or update content with this module.
The views module provides a flexible method for Drupal administrators to control how lists of content are presented. The Views module allows the site administrator to order, specify, organize and manipulate content using specifications that they can control.
CCK allows you to add content types as well as additional fields to existing content types. With CCK the site administrator can easily add fields to form like the user profile form or create a completely customized form. If your site needs a staff list or an event area or a blog, you can easily create it with CCK.
This module adds an easier way for administrators to gain superior filtration and sorting of the content on a Drupal site for administration purposes. All the site content can be sorted by author, user, user role and created data. It is much easier, attractive and organized alternative to using the Content management>Content page.
If you have a lot of content, this module is indeed an invaluable one!
Provides a framework in which many rich text editors can be imbedded. It offers a uniform way of exposing WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) like content editors to users based on the input formats. Installing a rich text editor in this module is well documented. There is currently a choice between about 10 different editors.
With Pathauto, administrator can set an automated URL for each content type they have. This module facilitates automatic generation of URL instead of having to designate a URL for every piece of content that is added. It helps to add user friendly URLs that are good from SEO point of view as well. This allows you to get aliases like /category/my-node-title.html instead of /node/123.
This module is an intelligent content moderation web service that catches spamming incidents on the site, fake registrations etc. Mollom handles incoming posts intelligently, in much the same way a human moderator decides what posts are acceptable. Therefore, Mollom enables the administrator to block anonymous users from posting comments and other products on their site.
8. About This Node
This module allows user to create a block that shows the details of the node – date of creation, type of node etc. With this module, admin can see at a glance the required information without clicking “Edit” or digging into revision history
9. Protect Critical Users
Prevents the currently logged in user to delete itself, and also prevents the 1st user (the Drupal super user) from deletion.
10. jQuery Menu
When this module is not enabled Navigation menu needs to do full page loading thus slowing up the navigation process. jQuery menu provides dynamic menu blocks for Navigation.