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Recommendations (for and against) are my personal opinion only and may be out of date.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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Name D8 Personally Tested Last Updated
Layout builder (layout_builder) 2018-11-26

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  • Build layouts using GUI - arrange fields in columns/blocks (or add a block, or menu, or tag cloud, user info etc.) 
  • Easily override layout of individual nodes without needing to clone/design/apply a template (and reset to default easily afterwards)


Nov 2018: core, experimental in 8.6.x
May 1 2019: due for stable release in 8.7.0

Issue queue


  • Enable the layout_builder module (which also enables layout_discovery)
  • Clear cache.
  • Activation:  Content type -> Manage Display -> scroll down to Layout Options - tick Use Layout builder

By turning on Layout Builder, you switch from the standard Manage Display view (field, label, format/widget settings) and the layout builder GUI.



  • A migration path is being built for Panels / Panelizer.
  • Undecided (Nov 2018) how Layout builder will work in conjunction with Paragraphs