As you probably know, Drupal modules are essential components of the Drupal CMS. Their role is to add an extra functionality to your website which can make it as powerful as you wish.

If you are new to website creating, it can be hard to choose between different modules.

We have asked our web development team to name the most interesting ones which are must-have as well.

Here is the list of the essential Drupal 7 modules that will add compelling functionalities to your website and make it more powerful.

#1 Chaos Tool Suite

Why this tool?

Dev team comment: required for other modules to work more simplified.

This is the most popular and powerful module for Drupal 7. At the moment, this module has 8 million downloads and it is used on 900 thousand websites.

In short, you need this tool to simplify development and to be able to implement other plugins and modules more easily.

#2 Views

Why this module?

Dev team comment: Easy CRUD pages for content

This is another vital module for building websites in Drupal, as well as the most popular one along with the Chaos Tool Suite.

The Views is a Drupal module that gets content displayed in an easy way. It provides you with the possibilities to show every website field and any type of display. For example, this module will make it much easier to build a Slideshow on the website.

#3 Views Bulk Operations (VBO)

Dev comment: Shortens the time for coding and saves servers from going down

By adding this module to the website or platform, you can augment the previous one (Views) which allows you to execute bulk operations on the displayed rows. In addition, this module saves the website from reaching the PHP limits

#4 CKeditor

Why this module?

Dev team comment: Rich text editor a la “What you see is what you get” which means that any text you write in the edit page will be shown live.

As described, this HTML text editor brings many powerful editing functions. It is very fast and doesn’t require any kind of installation on your computer.

CKEditor is a worldwide popular Drupal module that already has a place on many websites and applications around the world. Websites of companies such as Adobe, Microsoft, Oracle, Citi, Disney, and Siemens, to name a few, are t using this module.

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#5 Pathauto

Why this tool?

Dev team comment: Automatically generates URL/path aliases for all kinds of content

If you want to rank your website on search engines as you desire, clean and understandable URLs are essential.

Pathauto is the right module for that. Once installed, Pathauto automatically creates understandable and clean URLs for various components of your Drupal website.

Just keep in mind that in order to function correctly, before you add Pathauto, you need to install Token and Chaos Tools modules.

#6 XML sitemap

Why this module?

Dev team comment: Helps search engines to more intelligently crawl a website and keep the results up to date

Again, to fulfill website’s SEO requirements you need an XML sitemap if you want to make your website search engine friendly.

This module automatically generates a sitemap and keeps your site results up to date with sitemap.org standards.

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#7 Google Analytics

Why this module?

Dev team comment: Regardless of the type of websites, this is a must-have tool given it’s the most popular traffic tracking tool for websites.

This module helps you to add and edit the Google Analytics code into your site directly. In short, this module saves your time finding the pages and the places to put the tracking code in.

#8 Entity API

Why this module?

Dev team comment: It provides a unified manner of handling entities and their properties by extending Drupal core’s entity API.

In short, this module expands the API further by adding support for saving and deleting entities and many other improvements.

#9 IMCE

Why this module?

Dev team comment: This is an image/file uploader and browser that supports personal directories and user quotes.

This module is simple yet effective. It allows basic operations such as upload and delete, but it can also perform resize and preview of the images and many other important operations.

#10 Mime Mail

Why this module?

Dev team comment: This module allows you to receive HTML email, and it can also be used by other modules.

Once the mail is received, this module functionality accepts an HTML message body, mime-encodes it and then displays it as a full message.

Also, If the HTML has embedded graphics, these graphics are MIME-encoded and included as a message attachment which is also the work of this module.

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In addition, we have listed other effective modules that you can take into account when working on Drupal projects.

  • Field collection

Dev team comment: This module provides a field-collection field to which any number of fields can be attached. However, this module is not approved by the official Drupal Security team but is properly tested by the Drupal community, therefore, it is safe to use.

  • Scheduler

Dev team comment: Scheduler gives a content editor the ability to schedule nodes which are going to be published and unpublished at specified dates and times in the future.

  • Reroute

Dev team comment: This module intercepts all outgoing emails from a Drupal site and reroutes them to a predefined configurable email address.

What’s next?

Among these functions, Drupal 7 offers loads of other perpetual modules that can spice up any website. If you are a developer, a professional advice can help you to avoid unnecessary modules that can put a burden on website resources and make it slow

So, if you are still indecisive or feel that you need help to choose the proper module for your website, don’t hesitate to ask us for recommendations. We will gladly help you.

How can we help?

If you are creating a website for your business or developing your business project on Drupal CMS, you certainly need professional developers who are all about Drupal CMS. A devoted development team is always checking whether the chosen modules are tested and approved by the Drupal Security Team. 

In the end, choosing the right development team will save your time and effort and let you be focused more on other business requirements.