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 magical trio of Drupal content management: Bundle copy, node clone and node convert

Creating content types and content can use-up lots of your time and energy. Our experience has shown that there are three key modules, which allow you to speed up this process drastically. These modules are particularly valuable for the creation of mock-ups with demo content.

The magical trio of Drupal content management

Use the Drupal module PDF to ImageField to generate images from PDF Files

If you use a filefield to upload PDFs you might want to display a preview thumbnail or to generate a gallery of images from the document. If so, the Drupal module PDF to ImageField is the solution you are looking for. he PDF To ImageField module provides automatic conversion of uploaded PDF files to images. The module is implemented as an additional widget for
File Field where PDFs are uploaded to. It places generated images into a Image Field on the same content type.

Use the PagePeeker Screenshots module to display screenshots from websites

The probably easiest and fasted way to fetch and display screenshots from websites is to combine the PagePeeker Screenshots with the Link module. Just install and enable both of the modules, add a link field to the content type and select "Pagekeeper thumbnail" as display format (Manage Displays). You can choose between a free, a link-back and a paid version of PagePeeker.

Alternative modules:

Simple Responsive Table, an awesome Drupal 8 module: Get responsive tables instantly!

Drupal lives from awesome modules which extend Drupal with great functionalities and modules which make things smooth and quick. Simple Responsive Table is the ultimate time saver and belongs to the latter. Simple Responsive Table is really an awesome module: Installation is quick, the module works instantly and is very easy to configure. Most importantly, it is of high value because it saves you lots of time fore manual coding.

Drupal Simple Responsive Table module

Use the module "Quick Tabs" for tabbed content

If you want to create tabbed content for your website, the module Quick Tabs is probably the easiest solution. As the name promises, this module allows you to create tabbed content quickly and easily.

Use the module "Quick Tabs" for tabbed content

Use the module "Commerce Fancy Attributes" to add a color and/or size selector to the cart form

This module provides a "Rendered term" attribute mode, that shows the rendered term instead of a radio button (degrades to a normal radio button when JS is off) on the add to cart form.

How to use the module to add a color selector:

Drupal module "Commerce Fancy Attributes"

Use the module SEO checklist to ensure basic Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

If you are not an expert of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) it might frequently happen that you are not aware of important functions that are required to ensure basic SEO. And basic SEO is absolutely key, if you want to grow the visitors of your website with the help of search engines such as Google.

User Default Page or Login Destination for login redirects in Drupal 8 and 7

The Drupal modules User Default Page and Login Destination allow you to customize the destination that a user is redirected to after logging in, registering or logging out.

Login

Drupal 8 SEO Book: Now anyone can optimse a Drupal 8 website easily!

Since long time we are using the module SEO Checklist for the optimisation of Drupal websites. For non-experts its a great reference, for experts a nice helper module to check if all the required steps have been completed. With the launch of Drupal 8 Ben Finklea, the CEO of Volacci, created a revised version of the SEO checklist. This new release adapts to the new "module landscape" and brings the optimisation a step further. Many thanks to Ben for the great work!

 Drupal 8 SEO Book

Use the Drupal module Menu Firstchild to create menu items without links

By default, Drupal requires that you enter a path for each menu link you add/edit from the Menu administration page. There are cases you may want to create a parent item, without any path, that simply links to its first viewable child item. Menu Firstchild provides this functionality.

Another similar solution (didn't worked smoothly in all cases): Special menu items

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