Here’s a riddle for you — “What is easy to install, configure and handle? What can be flexible and reliable at the same time?” The right answer is... Drupal modules! Yes, you’ve guessed! Your Drupal system can gain many unique capabilities when you install new, user–contributed modules for Drupal 8 that will give your system more tools to work with.
February was incredibly rich in module replenishment and we decided to prepare a short overview of these updates and describe the state of Drupal 8 modules.
Outlining Drupal 8 Modules Release Available
- Let’s begin with the IMCE module. This is an image/file uploader and browser that supports personal directories. It performs basic operations allowing you to upload, delete, resize, and preview, sorts files by name, size and date, supports private file system and other related procedures.
- The next module we touch upon is the Rules. It contains flexible scheduling system that allow you to schedule any component or action, and gives you an option to create custom redirections, system messages, breadcrumbs etc.
- Views Slideshow module can create a slideshow of any content and not only images that can appear in a View. User can have a number of images or any other components presented in a slideshow. Applying this module you will have all your items organized!
- Colorbox is another useful module. Why is this one handy for drupalers? Images, iframed or inline content etc. can be displayed in an overlay above the current page. Colorbox enriches website performance by excellent integration with image field and image styles. It alsogives an option to choose between a default style and a number of other styles that are included.
- Flex Slider module enable its user to build responsive, resizable slideshows.
- One more cool framework designed to power cross browser or cross device websites using responsive design techniques is called AdaptiveTheme. It allows you to create layouts for tablets and smartphones without any coding.
- If you are a content manager, you really should install the Scheduler module, because it gives you the ability to schedule nodes to be published and unpublished at specified dates and times in the future. Drupal 8 makes your job easier!
- The Panels module allows a site administrator to create customized layouts for multiple uses. At its core it is a drag and drop content manager that lets you visually design a layout and place content within that layout.
- To help searchers to more intelligently crawl a website and keep their results up to date, integrate the XML sitemap module. The sitemap created by the module can be automatically submitted to search engines.
- SMTP Authentication Support module supports SMTP authentication and can connect to servers using SSL if supported by PHP. It allows Drupal bypass the PHP mail() function and send email directly to an SMTP server.
- You should also consider the Metatag module. This one makes it easier to configure meta tags for all website pages during short period of time. It provides proper meta tags management (you can add your own meta tags), and gives a standardized API for developers to manage and control the meta tags for the sites they build.
- The main change to Devel module in Drupal 8 is the introduction of the WebProfiler submodule. It accelerates development of your site or module by quickly generating nodes, comments, terms, users, and more.
The number 12 is ubiquitous — it's the number of months in a year, hours on a clock face and the number of contributed modules for Drupal 8 in February. Furthermore, Besides these new modules, many of the contributed modules in Drupal 7 are under active development and they will be ready for Drupal 8 soon. We will keep you informed about the ongoing improvements and revolutions in the Drupal world!