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.
RulesThe Rules module allows site administrators to define conditionally executed actions based on occurring events (known as reactive or ECA rules). It's a replacement with more features for the trigger module in core and the successor of the Drupal 5 workflow-ng module. Example use cases Build flexible content publishing workflows changesSend customized mails to notify your users about importantCreate custom redirections, system messages, breadcrumbs, ...Build an eCommerce store using Drupal Commerce And many more... Features Obviously, you may use reaction rules to react upon any event with custom conditions and actions.Allows functionality to be re-used via components (Drupal 6: Rule sets only).Flexible scheduling system that allows scheduling any component / action.Users can share their customizations by using the built-in import/export feature. Integrations Modules may use the Rules module's API to provide new events, conditions, actions or default rules, which can be customized by users.
An Introduction to Drupal’s Display Suite(DS) « Drupal-loversPosted by drupallovers on March 30, 2012 One of the rites of passage for beginner Drupal users is to learn Panels. It’s a useful tool for laying out pages and redesigning content pages without any code knowledge. However, not everyone is a fan. Panels is sometimes criticized for being hard to use and for having performance issues. In this tutorial we’re going to introduce you to a powerful alternative: Display Suite. Why Display Suite? We’re going to use Movies as our example. So far, so good. The goal of Display Suite is to allow us to move from the layout above to the layout below. Getting Started with Display Suite To start working with Display Suite, you just need two modules: Download and install both modules. Go to Structure > Display suite so to see the options available. You’ll now see a list of all the things that you can redesign with Display Suite. Get started by clicking on the content type you want to redesign. You’ll now see all of your fields. The end result can be seen below.
Entity APIThis module extends the entity API of Drupal core in order to provide a unified way to deal with entities and their properties. Additionally, it provides an entity CRUD controller, which helps simplifying the creation of new entity types. Requirements Drupal 7.2 or later; suggested Drupal >= 7.15 Documentation You can find documentation in the handbooks. Overview For site-builders This is an API module, so it doesn't provide any end-user features. A Views display plugin and field to render or link to any entity (by view-mode)A CTools content plugin to render any entity (by view-mode)It ships with the Entity tokens module which makes sure there are tokens for most entity properties and fields, i.e. it provides token replacements for all entity properties (or fields) that have no tokens and are known to the entity module (read about the entity property info API below). For developers Changes Credits The project has been sponsored by Maintainer Wolfgang Ziegler (fago)
Display SuiteDisplay 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
ViewsYou 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
WorkflowThe workflow module allows the creation and assignment of arbitrary workflows to Drupal node types. Workflows are made up of workflow states. For example, a workflow with the states Draft, Review, and Published could be assigned to the Story node type. Transitions between workflow states can have actions assigned to them. In our example, we could assign an action so that when the story moves from the Draft state to the Review state an email is sent out. If you are interested in the future of the workflow module, please join the workflow group on groups.drupal.org . Watch the FOSDEM 2005 video where John VanDyk presents actions and workflows if you are unfamiliar with the concepts (video is at homepage.mac.com/drupal/*-drupalconf-workflow.ogg (replace the * in the filename with the word 'please') and requires something like VLC ). If you are still using Workflow 5.x it it strongly recommended that you update your site to Drupal 6 or 7. NEW Jan 29, 2013: NEW Feb 20, 2013: NEW Mar 8, 2013:
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.