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Recommendations (for and against) are my personal opinion only and may be out of date.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.

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Group (group) 2017-02-07

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Alternative to the Organic Groups module. Allows you to create groups - e.g. classes, subscriptions, multiple communities.  Drupal module of the week post. Blog post.  It is by all accounts solidly written, but I found the initial UI confusing (in a "so what do I do now?" way) - you probably need to watch the YouTube video to understand it.

Features (features) 2018-09-17

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Not recommended

Update: most people are now moving away from features. There is a Configuration Management initiative under discussion in Drupal 8.

Package up selected configuration for "features" (e.g. a blog or a photo gallery etc.) for reuse on other sites.  Not the same as the new D8 Config sync, which is for exchanging configs between different environments of the same site and requires a cloned DB sharing the same UUIDs.

Simple OAuth (simple_oauth) 2018-11-22

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An implementation of  OAuth 2.0 Authorization Framework RFC - based on a PHP League package.

AddToAny Share Buttons (addtoany) 2017-02-07

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Nice, clean, SVG sharing buttons. Project page says it's specifically optimised for Drupal.

Autofocus (focus) 2017-02-08

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Autofocuses the first field of form (forms can be specified).  No sign of a D8 port.

Image Lazyloader (lazyloader) 2017-02-27

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Images are hidden until they scroll into view.  Can specify distance before loading is triggered, also placeholder image, loading GIF and any pages to be excluded.  There's been some Drupal 8 development but unclear how complete it is.

Autosave (autosave) 2017-02-08

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Saves snapshot of content type form using AJAX.  Content types and save frequency can be configured.  No sign of a D8 port yet.

Automatic Nodetitles (auto_nodetitle) 2017-02-07

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You can hide a node's title field (for reference, every node has to have a title) and generate it automatically, similar to pathauto.  No-one's porting this to D8 yet.

Datetime Range (datetime_range) 2018-11-19

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"Essential"

Now in core, but you need to enable it.

Adds an 'all-day' option.

Mollom (mollom) 2018-11-22

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Deprecated

Not recommended

DO NOT USE - security issue and Acquia will no longer support or maintain it.

Spam filtering SaaS from Acquia. Free for up to 50 "ham" messages a day.  Scans message then provides a captcha if appropriate, scores each message for reputation, spam etc.  I never tried this module and anecdotally I've seen mixed reports / people suggesting it's not all that good.

Coder (coder) 2018-11-21

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Checks your code against Drupal coding standards.

No need to install this - isn't actually a module, it's a set of phpcs rules installed as standard in /vendor/drupal/coder/coder_sniffer

Block Visibility Groups (block_visibility_groups) 2017-02-08

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Rather than change visibility for individual blocks, you can group them together and assign complex visibility settings to all of them. Module page promotes it as a simpler alternative to Panels.

Flood Control (flood_control) 2017-02-08

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Protect against brute-force login attacks. Unclear what's happening with porting of this.

Feeds (feeds) 2018-11-21

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"Essential"

As of Sep 2018, up to alpha3 in D8 (but not personally tested).

Lets you import CSV/RSS etc.  files and various other formats and map them to nodes/user/taxonomy terms, either one-off or periodically.

Alexa (alexa) 2017-02-06

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Integrates with Amazon Echo. Allows Drupal to respond to Alexa skills requests.  See Dries' blog with video demo.

Field collection (field_collection) 2017-02-08

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Allows you to group a set of fields together.  In active development for D8 but still a lot of open bugs at time of writing - project page says it will likely be replaced by Paragraphs.

Refreshless (refreshless) 2018-11-21

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Only loads the parts of page that change when navigating between pages.

Unclear if still being maintained (no updates since Sep 2016) - part of the issue is it requires a core patch.

Trash (trash) 2018-11-22

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Adds a trash bin for all content, so you may later restore (or permanently delete) it.  Depends on Content Moderation module.  Alpha in D8.

CKEditor Custom Config (ckeditor_config) 2018-12-06

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I've not actually used this but I adapted it's code to enforce a configuration setting (I wanted to remove the HTML dom elements that are shown in the status bar).

The module allows you to supply your configuration using the UI.

Node Export (node_export) 2018-11-20

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Tto actually export node content. An 8.x version has begun development:

composer require 'drupal/node_export:1.x-dev'

Twig Extensions (twig_extensions) 2020-02-13

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Text filters, array and date manipulation.

(haven't tried this yet)

Restrict Login or Role Access by IP Address (restrict_by_ip) 2017-02-08

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Can specify single IP address or ranges. Two modes: restrict login, so they can only login from certain IPs, and restrict role, so they can login from anywhere but only access a role's permissions from the defined IPs. There's a D8 dev branch, last updated June 2016.

Entity Access Audit (entity_access_audit) 2018-11-22

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This is a way of visualising - via grids of ticks and crosses - which roles have access to different operations on different entities.

Introductory blog post

Web Profiler (webprofiler) 2017-02-26

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"Essential"

Install the devel module first.  The profile is a toolbar at the bottom of the screen. Features:

  • useful shortcuts (e.g. clear cache)
  • view info about current user, their role and permissions
  • server HTTP response
  • cache, DB and DOM loading performance
  • memory use
  • which blocks and views have been loaded

Tip: there are further reports ("collectors") you can turn on in the module preferences, and there's a shortcut to these from the menu in the first icon (Drupal logo). The toolbar is only a summary, all icons are clickable to view a full report. Each report is saved in the DB for later reading.

This module was ported from Symfony

@font-your-face (fontyourface) 2018-11-19

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Not recommended

For using typekit, google fonts etc.  But it's simpler to do web fonts manually in Twig templates/CSS.
D8 stable/mature - however it's confusing how you're meant to setup Typekit etc. and there are problems with uninstall it…  (there was an old D7 "typekit" module - deprecated).

28 Aug 2018: can't be uninstalled cleanly. The method described in #24 here works: https://www.drupal.org/project/fontyourface/issues/2916712#comment-12751073 if for example, you get an "The "font" entity type does not exist." message when running drush cr

Config Ignore (config_ignore) 2018-11-20

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"Essential"

Selectively ignore configuration entries during an import - e.g. site settings / the system.maintenance message.

Google Authenticator login (ga_login) 2018-11-22

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"Essential"

Use in conjunction with tfa to support OATH based HOTP/TOTP systems.

reCAPTCHA (recaptcha) 2020-02-10

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"Essential"

Use in conjunction with the Captcha module to prevent spam on forms.
As of Jan 2020, still ONLY supports v2 of Google's reCAPTCHA API (there's an active issue for v3 support)
There's also an option for non-js fallback.

Tested with D7 and D8.

Patch needed for AJAX forms (e.g. Webforms with AJAX support turned on) to stop the ReCAPTCHA UI disappearing when page is reloaded.

Node Page Disable (node_page_disable) 2020-02-20

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"Essential"

Adds an checkbox labelled 'Retain /node as an active url?' to /admin/config/system/site-information

This lets you disable the /node page which would otherwise list all published content.

Note it doesn't let you individual disable /node/xxx access by content type.

This is for D7 only - in D8 you go to /admin/structure/views and disable /node there.

PDF Reader (pdf_reader) 2017-02-07

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Render a file field with one of several PDF readers.  Mixed success with pdf.js support - seems to force a full screen view.

IMCE (imce) 2017-02-08

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Adds a file browser to the CKEditor link dialog, so you can select files that have already been uploaded. Settings in Admin > Config > Media. In many cases will be better IA to add a dedicate file field to the content type and use that, or wait for the new media browser (currently being designed, follow the Drupal UX group.)

Module builder (module_builder) 2017-02-26

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"Essential"

Add a UI to easily create scaffolding for new modules (including hooks, plugins, permissions etc.) NB: first, you need to download drupal-code-builder from GitHub and place it in a /libraries top-level directory (see module builder's README.txt).   You can preview and edit the output files before writing to disk - and each module's configuration is saved  as a node, so you can add another hook etc. at a later date, regenerate the files and copy/paste the extra things you need. Video walkthrough.

CKEditorHeight (ckeditorheight) 2018-11-19

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Makes CKEditor fields respect the "rows" setting of the fields. (Has to be converted to pixels - there's a global setting, configured via a pixel factor and offset.)

Role Delegation (role_delegation) 2018-11-20

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Ordinarily, if you grant a user "Administer Users", they can do everything *except* change the roles (they don't even see the checkboxes).  You could give them 'Administer Permissions', but that also allows them to do other things.  

This module lets you set which roles they are allowed to enable for a user.  Administrators still see the roles checkboxes in the usual place (below 'status' on /user/123/edit), but everyone  gets a new 'Roles' tab.  

Works with D8 but not updated since April 2016.

Patches:

I'm not using any patches, but there are a couple RTBC-ed  the queue.

 

User restrictions (user_restrictions) 2019-04-01

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"Essential"

Block registrations (wildcards on email address and username)

Useful if you're getting persistent spam registrations from certain domains.

Tested with D7.  This used to be in core in D6.​​​​​​​

Resave nodes (resave_nodes) 2020-04-21

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"Essential"

If you want to manually refresh a series of nodes.
Mainly useful if you have a rule or a hook that relies on a node being saved, to update a computed field etc.

You can choose the node type.

Memcache API and Integration (memcache) 2018-11-19

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"Essential"

Enable memcache_admin submodule to access stats page.

Requires the PECL PHP memcached module.   I've written a blog post explaining how to install this on Acquia Dev Desktop

Role Watchdog (role_watchdog) 2018-11-20

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Logs every time a role is changed. Users get a Role History tab and there's a notification feature. 

Not ready for Drupal 8 yet (15 Sep 2018 - there's a dev branch, but when you install it complains about missing role entity, and drush updb does nothing) 

Serial Field (serial) 2018-11-23

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"Essential"

Creates a field with a serial number, so you can have the equivalent of a MySQL AUTO_INCREMENT field for a content type (if nodes are deleted the old serial number is not reused).

Although this only has a dev branch which hasn't had updates since April 2016, it does work in D8.

There's no direct migration path previous versions, but people have written their own migrations.

Check issue queue for patches - including:

 

 

Spambot (spambot) 2019-04-05

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"Essential"

Scans email addresses/usernames/IP addresses against the stopforumspam.com database and then blocks or deletes the accounts.
You can set the threshold - i.e. how many times an email address needs to be listed in the spam database before action is taken.
You can also have it scan your entire existing database, not just new users. (It does this via a configurable cron run.)

Tested with D7.

Table trash (table_trash) 2020-04-26

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Add extra tables JS support for views (and many other pages) - e.g. search box, dynamic column sorting, rearranging columns, exporting to clipboard etc.

If you get "TypeError: tables.DataTable is not a function" when using datatables module, first, try going to /admin/config/content/table_trash/global_settings and saving the existing settings.

Pathauto (pathauto) 2017-02-07

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"Essential"

Generates URL aliases for new content automatically - using token-based patterns per content type - e.g. /reports/[node:title]

When you install this, the settings are in /admin/config/search/path – normally this page has no tabs, with this module you get Patterns, Settings, Bulk Generate, Delete Aliases). 

Contact Storage (contact_storage) 2018-11-22

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"Essential"

Store all contact form messages in the database (as an entity), rather than just emailing them.

Integrates with views, if you want a view of messages.

Messages are accessible (can be edited or deleted) at /admin/structure/contact/messages.

(May be useful considering From: address SPF/DMARC problem with contact forms, i.e. there may be cases where some emails aren't delivered.)

Flag (flag) 2017-03-13

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"Essential"

Handle favourites, reading lists, spam, friend lists etc.  Can be applied to any entity (nodes, users, comments etc.)  It appears as a clickable link. Can choose between page reload and AJAX when user toggles it.  Linked with views, and you can trigger events when flag count reaches a threshold.

String Overrides (stringoverrides) 2018-11-19

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"Essential"

Replace text on the site.

Allowed Formats (allowed_formats) 2018-11-20

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"Essential"

Control which text formats are available per field. (Often you'll want some fields to be simpler than others - e.g. you might want restrict everyone to a single format so they don't see a dropdown menu. 

You can hide the 'About text formats' link and the list of available HTML tags, again per field, in the Form Display tab using the widget icon.

Double Field (double_field) 2018-11-23

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"Essential"

Store a pair of fields together (numbers and text, boolean, email, telephone, Url).  As normal you can specify the quantity of double fields per entity, or allow an unlimited number.

Don't use it for:

  • links - you might have one field for the URL and one for the description, but the display widget won't let you merge them into a clickable link.  That's what the dedicated link field type is for.
Administration Views (admin_views) 2019-12-21

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"Essential"

D7 only (as this is in D8 core as standard).

Converts /admin/people into a fully-fledged configurable view (i.e. fields, filters, exposed filters, header/footer, pagination settings etc.) 

(Dependency: views_bulk_operations)

Upgrade Status (for Drupal 9) (upgrade_status) 2020-05-16

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"Essential"

Very useful module for scanning installed modules (including your own custom code) for compatibility issues - gives a detailed report of necessary fixes.

NB: scanning using the UI (rather than Drush) won't work on a dev server without a valid SSL certificate.

Entityqueue (entityqueue) 2017-02-07

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Build a custom list of nodes. The setup is via Admin > Structure. Currently D8 alpha.