Drupal Tips and Tricks

The installation, configuration and the work with Drupal obviously brings some challenges. Within this section you find some Tips and Tricks which shall help you to make your work easier.

The "best" Social Media modules

Best means for me: Easy to configure, easy to handle, flexible and reliable. Recommended modules for the integration of social media into your Drupal website: 1. Giving your visitors the possibility to share content, 2. linking your website to the social media profiles on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc., 3. encouraging your visitors to "Like" (Facebook) or "Publicly Recommend" (Google +1) the content of your website, 4. encouraging your visitors to "Follow" or "Like" dedicated accounts/sites on Twitter and/or Facebook, 5. publishing your social media posts on your website and 6. inserting the "main" social media buttons/links without a counter.

The "best" Drupal Rating modules

Best means in this case: Easy to install, configure & handle, flexible and reliable. Furthermore this attribute requires that the module is “Under active development” and that a stable version for Drupal 7 is available.

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The best and most stylish free Drupal themes: Ready to go! (2015)

The best free Drupal Themes 2015: Magazeen Lite

Beginning of 2015 Drupal 4U reviewed and tested the best free Drupal themes available. Doing so, our aim was to identify the most stylish and best free Drupal themes that are „ready to go“. What we mean by that?

The must have Drupal modules for Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

The modules listed in this article provide the most basic functionality regarding Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). They guarantee that your website is indexed by the most important search engines and that your content is displayed properly in the search results. They also provide you the most basic functionality required to grow your search result impressions/clicks and to improve the ranking of your content.

Use the TB Mega Menu to easily create highly flexible mega menus in Drupal

If you are looking for an easy and highly flexible way to create mega menus in Drupal, I recommend you the TB Mega Menu module. The module is very easy to install and configure. Thus it offers you a drag and drop interface with whom you can easily structure and configure the various elements of your menu. Beside standard features of a mega menu to create columns and group menu items, the TB Mega Menu module integrates with blocks. This gives you the great possibility to display any block in your menu (what means that you virtually can display any content).

The best Drupal CAPTCHA modules

On most websites there are some kind of forms that require the submission of data. Be it the simple contact form or the commenting functionality for blog entries or other content types. If so you will need a way to protect these forms from spam.

One way to do so is the integration of the CAPTCHA functionality: A CAPTCHA is a challenge-response test most often placed within web forms to determine whether the user is human.

Use Views and the Option "Rewrite Results" to create stylish hover effects for Images

If you've spent any time with Drupal, you've heard of — and likely installed — the Views module. If you haven't, then you're very likely working harder than you need to! Views is Drupal's query builder, enabling you to create lists of just about anything, as well as providing basic formatting and the ability to do basic formatting of your items.

The best one page parallax themes for Drupal (2014)

Surreal -  Responsive One Page Parallax Theme

With one page design I don't necessarily mean that the website consists only of one single page. It means that the website has a design that allows to display all the core contents on one page. Beside that it should be easily possible to add further contents separately. Only that way the advantages of a one page design can be balanced with necessities that might come-up in the perspective of SEO. For further details regarding „one page design“ and SEO see:

Use the module Responsive Menus to easily add a choice of responsive menus

Frequently it might happen that you implement a responsive theme but that you are not satisfied with responsive menu included. The module Responsive Menus offers you a very easy and quick way to add professional, simple and lightweight responsive menus to your theme.

The best Drupal modules for the integration of Instagram

Instagram for Drupal

Recently we reviewed and tested the available modules for the integration of instagram into a Drupal website. Doing so we tested the following modules:

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