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
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.
Content Templates (Contemplate) NOTE: This module *may* be deprecated in Drupal 7 ! Here's your reason, basically the theming changes in D7 mean the field theming gets bound a lot lot later in the process, so it's not possible to generate the output into a Textarea for you to edit - that said, it is possible that we can come at this from another angle and use tokens instead BUT it means what you see in contemplate admin page will be nothing at all similar to the output. You can view more on taking this module forwards here The Content Template (a.k.a. This module was written to solve a need with the Content Construction Kit (CCK), where it had a tendency toward outputting content in a not-very-pretty way. But Content Template can actually be used on any node type and allows modification of the teaser and body properties before they go out in an RSS feed, search index, or are handed off to the theme.
About nodes All content on a Drupal website is stored and treated as "nodes". A node is any posting, such as a page, poll, article, forum topic, or blog entry. Comments are not stored as nodes but are always tied to one. Treating all content as nodes allows the flexibility of creating new types of content. It also allows you to painlessly apply new features or changes to all content. Behind the scenes, the Node module manages these nodes. List, sort through, and manage all the content on your site.Set defaults for how all posts are displayed.List and configure the "content types" for your site, and create new ones. Offering "content types" is a way Drupal allows you to have different kinds of nodes for different purposes. The Node module manages the creation, editing, deletion, settings, and display of the main site content. Each node has an unique ID. Creating content Creating custom content types Administering content Creating revisions User permissions
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
Pathauto The Pathauto module automatically generates URL/path aliases for various kinds of content (nodes, taxonomy terms, users) without requiring the user to manually specify the path alias. This allows you to have URL aliases like /category/my-node-title instead of /node/123 . The aliases are based upon a "pattern" system that uses tokens which the administrator can change. Requirements Versions The 7.x-1.x and 6.x-2.x branches are currently accepting new feature requests and are kept in sync as much as possible. Known issues Multilingual URL alias support is still a little unstable and should be tested before used in production. Recommended modules Redirect (D7) / Path Redirect (D6) when installed Pathauto will provide a new "Update Action" in case your URLs change. Co-Maintainers Pathauto was originally written by mikeryan and maintained by Greg Knaddison (greggles) . Pledges #D8CX : I pledge that Pathauto will have a full Drupal 8 release on the day that Drupal 8 is released. Downloads
CCK List This module adds a CCK list field type, that lets you add a list display to any content type, without having to manually enter HTML. To be more specific, it adds a textarea field. Every row in the textarea will be a list point. The output is generated by the theme system, so you don't have to worry about forming valid HTML or adding all those little classes yourself. Under the cck(d6)/fields(d7) display option you can choose to display the list as an ordered or unordered list. This module behaves like CCK Table. This module is sponsored by Themes 24/7 and is developed by Tyler Struyk