11 Cool Drupal modules for site builders | April 2016

Apr 22, 2016

Joris Snoek
Digital Consultant
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Let’s start straight away with the things that struck me about Drupal module updates of last month:

1. Image effects

The Drupal 8 and Drupal 7 core both have features to facilitate graphics, including scaling and cropping.

To perform other actions, Drupal 7 had additional modules: ImageCache Actions and Textimage:

  • Placing overlays, for example for round corners
  • Adding a watermark, for example your logo
  • Placing text over image, for example your company name
  • Making images lighter/darker

In Drupal 8 these additional image features are now available in this module.


2. Currently logged in users

Provides a list of logged in visitors with additional information, such as:

  • Since when logged in
  • Hostname
  • IP address

You can also force users to log out when you are a site admin.


3. Drop down login

Create space on your page and place the login block under a dropdown button.


4. Views Send

Do you want to send a bulk email to a selection of users in your Drupal website? For example to inform them about an update? Through this module you can use Views to make a selection and then use fields from that selection to send personal bulk emails.


5. Google Analytics Reports

Provides a graphic report of page visits to your Drupal website using data from Google analytics. Has been around since 2011, but just had a stable 3.0 release.


6. Quick tabs

Simple, but effective and popular to create tabs in content on your Drupal website.


7. Bootstrap Site Alert

Are you running a Drupal theme on the Bootstrap HTML framework? Great! Then you can now easily display a message at the top of your website - through this module. For example to inform users about upcoming maintenance or a performed update.


8. Code filter

An alternative for the Geshi module: gives the correct highlighting to code in your Drupal content.


9. AJAX Comments

By default Drupal has a good system for comments/responses, but when someone is giving a response (for example to a news item) then the page will always load again. The response is not instantly placed underneath the item, like for example Facebook is doing.

This module ensures a response will be placed without refreshing the page.


10. User IP log

Convenient administration module that stores IP’s from logged in Drupal users. This let’s you analyze if there is suspicious activity.


11. Views Accordion

Simple but popular module, similar to the above mentioned ‘Quick tabs’: this makes an accordion of Views results.



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