As one of the best and most popular open source CMS currently available, Drupal owes to a great extent its status to the talented contributors that keep it alive. Though the standard version of Drupal is powerful by itself, it’s only when you add certain modules to it that you unlock its full capabilities. Here are 6 of the best modules out there that improve functionality.
As the name suggests, Date Module for Drupal enables you to allot dates to events and then circulate the value to a whole range of other modules. Date Module is simple in itself and easy to use, and it gets on this list because it lets you connect a whole lot of modules together. As a basic extension for the CCK content module, Date Module doesn’t require CCK to function.
Similarly to the Date Module, the Location Module enables you to label content more easily. Letting you link real locations with nodes, the Location Module is really useful because it can be used alongside the Date Module and other similar modules. Definitely a must check.
With the Sign Up Module you can make sure that the regular visitors of your website don’t forget about upcoming events or nodes. It basically enables users to sign up for a certain node or event and then sends those who signed up an email 24 hours before the event takes place. Sign Up Module can be really effective to keep users up to date with what’s going on, but it doesn’t work with all websites. Whether or not you should use it depends to a great extend on the involvement of your website’s users.
Arguably one of the most powerful Drupal modules, Content Access Module lets you manage permissions for all content types on the website. With it you can edit permissions based on role and author. The Content Access Module is just great if you have certain pages that you don’t want everyone to see and would like to permit only a few people access to them. Even if you’re satisfied with the built-in permission management control in Drupal you should still give Content Access Module a go because it adds even more control.
As a powerful web service that acts as a spam catcher, Mollon can be used to assess the quality of all the content on the website, including user comments or forum posts. When you use it you minimize the spam on your website dramatically. Note: it works really well with blogs also.
Making it easier for you to publish content already created at a future date, Scheduler is excellent if you want to avoid repetitious task: if you use it you no longer have to make the content public yourself on the day set for publishing. Moreover, it can also be used to unpublish content that’s already on your Drupal website. Scheduler is especially great if you have a bad memory and always forget to make public new content.
This article has been contributed by Arjun Khanna from Offshore Ally. Arjun is a part of the company’s team of smart and competent virtual assistants and link builders. He is a tech savvy guy who likes anything to do with technology, gadgets and web designing. Connect with him via Twitter.