Panels An Overview of Panels The Panels module allows a site administrator to create customized layouts for multiple uses. At its core it is a drag and drop content manager that lets you visually design a layout and place content within that layout. Integration with other systems allows you to create nodes that use this, landing pages that use this, and even override system pages such as taxonomy and the node page so that you can customize the layout of your site with very fine grained permissions. Integration with CTools module Panels 3 utilizes the CTools' system of "context" so that the content you place on the page can be aware of what is being displayed. Panels uses Contexts - What are they? In a Panel, you can create contexts, which represent the objects being displayed. In addition, these contexts can be checked for information and use that not only to make content available to be displayed, but to choose which layout to display! Panels can also be used for items smaller than pages.
Views You need Views if You like the default front page view, but you find you want to sort it differently. You like the default taxonomy/term view, but you find you want to sort it differently; for example, alphabetically. You use /tracker, but you want to restrict it to posts of a certain type. Views can do a lot more than that, but those are some of the obvious uses of Views. Views for Drupal 8 Views is in Drupal 8 Core! Recommended versions of Views! For new installs of Drupal 6, we recommend the 6.x-3.x branch. The 6.x-2.x branch of Views is in critical/security maintenance mode only. Dependencies The Drupal 7 version of Views requires the Chaos Tool Suite also known as CTools. Views' bug squad The Views' bug squad is a group of people who have dedicated a few hours a week to help provide support and fix bugs in the issue queue. Views documentation Views 1 Views 2 (This link goes to the Advanced Help project page. Sponsorship This project is sponsored by IO1. Our book
Helping with development Welcome! Contributing code is both an important and effective way to improve the Drupal project and its capabilities. We're delighted to have you join our global community of developers! Ways to contribute code: Drupal core, contributed projects, and patches The Drupal code ecosystem encompasses the core of Drupal (the files that you get when you download Drupal from the Drupal project page), and "contrib" projects, which encompass all contributed code (modules, themes, installation profiles, etc.). More information about helping Drupal core is available on the Drupal Core Contributions page. Improving existing projects and core with patches If you'd like to make improvements (bug fixes, new features, and so on) to existing projects, such as Drupal core, or one of our contributed modules or themes, this section is for you. All project pages on drupal.org have a Version control tab which contains information on how to use Git to create patches for a given project. Contributing new projects
Chaos tool suite (ctools) This suite is primarily a set of APIs and tools to improve the developer experience. It also contains a module called the Page Manager whose job is to manage pages. In particular it manages panel pages, but as it grows it will be able to manage far more than just Panels. For the moment, it includes the following tools: Plugins -- tools to make it easy for modules to let other modules implement plugins from .inc files.
Token Tokens are small bits of text that can be placed into larger documents via simple placeholders, like %site-name or [user]. The Token module provides a central API for modules to use these tokens, and expose their own token values. Note that Token module doesn't provide any visible functions to the user on its own, it just provides token handling services for other modules. For Drupal 6, the Token module provides a "Token Actions" module which can be enabled separately. This provides several "actions" for the Drupal core Actions/Trigger modules to use that take advantage of the Token replacement functionality. Modules that use the Token module and provide tokens via the API include Organic Groups, Pathauto, Comment Notify, and Commerce. Pledges #D7CX: The basic token API is now a part of Drupal 7! #D7AX - I pledge to make this module as accessible as it can be.
Display Suite Display Suite allows you to take full control over how your content is displayed using a drag and drop interface. Arrange your nodes, views, comments, user data etc. the way you want without having to work your way through dozens of template files. A predefined list of layouts (D7 only) is available for even more drag and drop fun! By defining custom view modes (build modes in D6), you can define how one piece of content should be displayed in different places such as teaser lists, search results, the full node, views etc. Watch a screencast to see it all in action! Advanced options ExportablesAdd your own custom fields in the backend or in your codeAdd custom layouts in your theme (D7 only)Change labels, add styles or override field settings (semantic fields).Full integration with Views and PanelsExtend the power of your layouts by installing Field GroupOptimal performance with Object cache (D6) or Entity cache (D7) integration Drupal 7 Modules included: Drupal 6 Information Credits
Zen Zen is a powerful, yet simple, HTML5 starting theme with a responsive, mobile-first grid design. If you are building your own standards-compliant theme, you will find it much easier to start with Zen than to start with Garland or Stark. This theme has fantastic online documentation and tons of helpful code comments in its PHP, HTML, CSS and Sass. At many points in my Drupal career I’ve loved, leaned on & learned from the Zen theme. The theme “Zen” turned out to be the public favorite and won the “Best Drupal Theme” title. - Award announcement for the Drupal Hall of Fame Award by Packt Publishing Zen now comes in two flavors! Documentation The Zen theme is wonderfully documented. drupal.org/documentation/theme/zen 7.x-5.x features at a glance: Note: There seems to be a conflict between some host installations of the SiteZen site builder and the Zen directory name which causes broken tabs, css files to be "not found", and other issues. Please contribute your ideas in the issue queue.
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