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Some Useful Drupal Modules for Your Website

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It is well known that Drupal is a powerful content management system. It provides a flexible, user friendly and highly professional website. A CMS helps to boost the performance of a website by incorporating a number of useful features in it. It gives an edge to a site over its competitors. Drupal development has fast gained the popularity because of its numerous features and benefits.

One of the best things about Drupal is the variety of modules offered by it. A module adds some extra functionality to a site. Drupal has a large number of modules available that help to boost the functionality of a site. Mentioned below are some of the excellent Drupal modules that can serve the desired purpose for you.

Administration menu: This is a very useful module that provides an easy to use administration interface. This module is most preferred by Drupal users. This module helps to easily access all administrative menu items and thus, simplifies the task of working with Drupal, especially for beginners. The best feature of this module is that it is compatible with all the browsers and any of the Drupal themes.

Views: This module provides control over the presentation of lists and tables of content. This module is well suited for creating reports, summaries and other similar content. This module can also build a query, execute it and then display the results. This is the reason why this module is also referred to as a smart query builder.

CCK or Content Construction Kit: This is another very useful Drupal module that allows adding custom fields to nodes with the help of a web browser. This module can be easily integrated with other modules to increase the functionality. There is documentation and tutorials available for this module that make it easier for users to utilize it to the fullest.

Views Slideshow: Sometimes websites may need to fit multiple pieces of information into a fixed space. This module allows you to create a view of the most recent articles, and then cycle through the view using the module. You can also set up a ‘Recent Highlight’ section to show the articles’ titles, images and teasers.

WYSIWYG: This module supports all types of client-side editors and thus facilitates editing of the content. It provides the flexibility of installing an editor of his/her choice to the user, without requiring any other Drupal module.

FileField: This is a very helpful module for those users who need to upload files in large numbers. This module also manages audio and video files for podcasting. Some of its features are ability to save files into per-field or per-user directories, full revision file management, extensive API, etc.

Ubercart: This is really an excellent module that fulfills the requirement of an e-commerce website offering a wide range of useful features like  catalog creation, product creation system, single page checkout, product attributes system, etc. although this is a very useful module but it requires other modules to be installed before its own installation.

Facebook connect: This Drupal module allows you to organize the user registration process by letting user register and sign in with their Facebook accounts using Facebook’s authentication API. By allowing your customers who have the Facebook account, access to your site with their Facebook username and password, you can surely make things more convenient for them.

E-commerce: This module allows you to create an online store or e-commerce Drupal site. With this module, you can easily add the required e-commerce features such as setting up a shopping cart or a product page, generating invoice, inventory management, preparing reports etc to a site in a simple manner.

These are some of the excellent Drupal modules that can enhance the functionality of a site to a great level. These modules are very user friendly and can be used by site owners conveniently. Make use of these modules to extend the functionality of your site and add desired features in it.

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Varun Bhagat is a technology geek and works in PixelCrayons as a Sr. Technology Consultant. He possesses in-depth knowledge of different web development technology and helps our clients to choose the best technology as per their needs.

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