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Recommendations (for and against) are my personal opinion only and may be out of date.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? I will be adding this, but as of August 2021, this site you are reading is the only Drupal site of mine I've been able to upgrade to D9, so although you can check D9 compatibility status of all modules (use upgrade_status, it's superb) I can't speak from personal experience about any of them.

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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