Drupal 7 Modules You Should Install (And Uninstall)

Drupal 7 Modules

If you are running Drupal 7, then the list of modules you’ll be installing is a bit different from previous versions. Much of the functionality of modules like CCK is now included in Drupal Core, and that has made a significant impact on the way we develop Drupal sites in D7.

Following is a list of modules that should probably be installed on all D7 sites. While all developers will certainly have their own pet modules they always use, the attempt here is to come up with those modules which are virtually universally needed.

How to Turn Your Social Marketing Campaign Into A Train Wreck

If you want to waste a ton of time and money and really fail at social media marketing, I have some excellent advice: start up a legitimate social media campaign or newsletter, spend a bunch of money on advertising, build a website or two, sign up for TwitterMySpaceFacebook, and then get distracted after a few weeks and blow it off. Trust me, I know what I’m talking about on this one. This approach will never work.

Drupal Views for Developers

If the original intent of Views was to insulate the non-technical Drupal Administrator from all this programming mumbo jumbo (as I suspect it was) then the developers clearly missed their flight. Views is more of a development tool than it is a CMS functionality, and therefore it is something that PHP developers who work on Drupal sites should be familiar with.

Avoid Vampire Websites

Vampire Site

A few years ago it seems every corporate Internet marketing professional got on the blog-social-“TwitterSpaceBook” bandwagon and forgot all about their websites.

Drupal Views – A Quick Explanation for Non-developers

Regardless of your background in PHP development, if you’ve played around with the Drupal CMS system at any length, you’ve undoubtedly run into this crazy piece of functionality called “Views”. Usually end-users hit this when there is an element on their webpage they want to change but when they click on the little “gear” icon to modify the block, they discover that there is no content in the block to change. It appears to be empty in the administrator screen, but when viewed on the live site there is data in the block. Where does it come from?