Drupal is a content management system that allows web designers to construct websites at a much lower cost. A web designer can setup Drupal so that the webmaster can easily add and remove content. Drupal also comes with an assortment of plugins that allow for designers to extend the functionality of the website. Over the years, a team of web designers have developed a large number of high-quality plugins. Below are the ten best Drupal plugins of 2013.
Palette is by far the most useful plugin released for Drupal 7. Users can now install themes and easily edit and change the colors by using Base Color Sets and a Color Picker. While editing the page, webmasters can view the live preview. This extension allows for theme developers to examine the effects that different colors have on the overall user experience. Palette works with almost all Drupal themes. It has four StarterKits to help users begin development quickly. Once the Palette has been installed, designers can test the Palette with four sample base themes. Designers also have base color sets that can be used to start making their own color palettes.
Most webmasters are aware of the power that Facebook can have for the success of the website. However, it can sometimes be difficult to manage how Facebook interacts with the Drupal website. The Facebook Traffic Driver provides users with real-time stats. The Facebook Traffic Driver can also place a cookie on the user’s browser that forces the user to like the page before accessing the content. Those webmasters who do not want the pop-up to remain on the page can use a timer that causes the pop-up to disappear after a specific time period. This script allows for webmasters to force users to like a page and increase the page’s exposure through Facebook.
Facebook likes have a variety of benefits for websites. A high number of likes can indicate that there is a strong affinity for the website and can help build credibility. Users that like a Facebook page are more likely to be engaged and will regularly consume content. Likes are also recorded by Facebook’s advertising program.
A newsletter is an effective marketing tool that allows for webmasters to continually reach out to customers. Not only can the newsletter provide users with important information related to the website, but the newsletter can also provide users with a reminder that the website exists. Managing a newsletter can be difficult without the assistance of the Drupal Email Newsletter Module. This is a simplified newsletter system that allows for the webmaster to import users through a CSV spreadsheet type file. Users can easily subscribe to the newsletter through a sidebar that is always visible.
One of the advantages of the Drupal Email Newsletter Module is that the plugin tracks the email bounce rate. Bounced emails are essentially emails that are not delivered. Email link tracking records whether a user clicks a particular link. Doing so allows for email marketers to determine whether their current marketing techniques are effective. Creating the newsletter is easy because this module uses a WYSIWYG editor. Essentially, what the webmaster sees is exactly what will be displayed to the end user.
Creating newsletters through the Drupal Email Newsletter Module can save users significant time because newsletters can easily be created using templates. Webmasters have full access to the source code and are able to create their own templates with sufficient knowledge of HTML.
Mega Menu Drupal allows users to create CSS Mega Menus without the need for any other programming language. These are menus located at the top of the page that drop down and provide visitors with a list of selections. This feature is based on the CSS3 Mega Menu Item. This feature is fully integrated with the menu system that comes with Drupal. Users will need minimal knowledge of html.
This plugin allows the use of two MegaMenu Themes: dark and light. There are also 9 colors to choose from. The range of available colors makes it much easier for a webmaster to integrate the MegaMenu into the webpage.
Mega Menu Drupal is highly compatible with all the major browsers including IE, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome. Browser compatibility is crucial as fewer users browse the web with IE.
The Views Hierarchical Taxonomy Filter allows users to extend views while optionally using hierarchical taxonomy select in a capacity of the exposed filter. This makes it easier to organize content on the website. As a result, the Views can have a filter that allows for selecting taxonomy terms of a specified vocabulary consecutively. The selection considers terms hierarchy before using AJAX for set of “select” fields where the value of each next relies on the value of the previous. It can be used alongside other taxonomy filters that are used for other vocabulary. This feature can also be used to help users save content.
Ideal for tapping into Australian markets and is also ideal for Australian Drupal users. The Drupal Ubercart Australia Post Module adds shipping calculations for domestic and international Australian shipments. The plugin lets ecommerce merchants choose which countries to allow postage to. Handling fees can be placed on top of the Australia post fee. Customers can find out how much postage will cost by entering their postal codes. Customers can add multiple products to a shopping cart and the combined totals will be calculated.
By default, Drupal has no elegant way of displaying a large number of photos. The Photo Gallery is ideal for websites in which photos play a major role. Doing so requires a plugin such as Photo Gallery. Photo Gallery is designed to seamlessly integrate into Drupal themes. It is designed with user-friendliness in mind to allow for photos to be organized and edited with ease. Photo Gallery is currently compatible with Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Safari.
For those who hate code, epic zoom is an ideal way to incorporate magnification into a Drupal website. This plugin can be integrated into any layout and float setup. Part of the reason why epic image zoom is so compatible is due to the three positioning functions that allow for the plugin to be integrated with complex layouts. The magnification level is fully configurable based on your preferences. The plugin also has built-in image preloading that allows for immediate magnified images.
Webmasters depend on regular feedback to determine what changes they should make to their websites. However, not all comments are created equally and poorly thought-out or unfair comments may not get the seal of approval from other users. The Creative Feedback Form with Voting System uses forms that can be rated by a user. The form comes with several color styles allowing for the webmaster to customize the form based on the design of the website. The script that creates the feedback form is lightweight, allowing for webmasters to avoid creating websites that not only take a long time to load, but are also not indexed well by major search engines. The form is also highly intuitive and user-friendly.
Many users of major search engines are familiar with the autocomplete function that creates a drop-down that lists suggestions. This functionality is now available for Drupal websites. When users type a small string of text, a drop-down list appears that allows users to select a string of text from a list. This feature saves the user time and also helps with difficult-to-spell words. Another advantage of visual search is that many users may not be familiar with the search terms that will generate relevant search results for the particular website. For example, users searching a plugin download website many not be familiar with the names of specific plugins that are available. The visual search will show these plugins in the drop-down.
The VisualSearch Views Exposed Filter takes very little time to integrate and only requires that the webmaster set Views filters as exposed