Useful Drupal modules

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Recommendations (for and against) are my personal opinion only and may be out of date. Feel free to email with corrections/suggestions.

Why haven't you mentioned Drupal 9? As of February 2022 I've updated all the sites I look after to Drupal 9 (experience: mixed). I haven't decided how to label future version compatibility as D10 will be coming soon as well. The upgrade_status module is superb. You're bound to have issues with composer. Also watch out for a nasty session headers bug with redirect_after_login.

What about sites still running Drupal 7? In short I still recommend leaving them on Drupal 7. Your decision is really if you will gain anything from Drupal 8/9 and for many then answer will be no, and one of the main hassles - apart from converting each content type one at a time, and setting up a new theme, will be recreating all your views by hand, as views can't be automatically upgraded.

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CKEditor Wordcount (ckwordcount) 2018-12-06

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Adds word/character/paragraph count to the CKEditor status bar (can optionally enforce a word/character limit)

Configured via Text formats and Editors (/admin/config/content/formats).

Requires the ckeditor wordcount library - example composer.json for that (put this in your 'repositories' section):

        "ckeditor.wordcount": {
            "type": "package",
            "package": {
                "name": "ckeditor/wordcount",
                "version": "1.17.4",
                "type": "drupal-library",
                "extra": {
                    "installer-name": "wordcount"
                },
                "dist": {
                    "url": "https://download.ckeditor.com/wordcount/releases/wordcount_1.17.4.zip",
                    "type": "zip"
                },
                "require": {
                    "composer/installers": "~1.0"
                }
            }
        },

and then require:

"ckeditor/wordcount": "1.17.4",

Patch needed:

https://www.drupal.org/files/issues/2018-12-06/ckwordcount_plugin_path_2850845-9.patch

(to ensure modules gives browser correct path of plugin.js - if your ckeditor input disappears, check console.log and it's probably that)

The notification module is a dependency.