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How to Install Drupal Modules for Enhanced Functionality and Performance

updated on Sep 14, 2014
How to Install Drupal Modules for Enhanced Functionality and Performance As is known that Drupal modules can add extra functionality, enhanced security and better control to the Drupal website, it is quite necessary and of great importance to choose and install the appropriate Drupal modules for successfully running your Drupal site.

What's more, as a well-known CMS which serves numerous big websites, Drupal offers its users easy and quick ways to install themes and modules with all kinds of modules available at its official site. Besides, there are many professional but cheap Drupal hosting preparing detailed installation tutorials for you and they are always ready to help you out whenever you meet any trouble.

Furthermore, we also sum up the steps needed to install Drupal Modules under the strong request of our readers who newly get the Drupal website built up and have no idea how to choose, install and uninstall the Drupal Modules.

In a word, with the newest version Drupal 7, you can manually add your favourite type of module through downloading and installing it and can also delete it by uninstalling. Note that the manual installation needs more additional steps, but it won't be too complicated and difficult for you. Details are displayed as follows.

Download Modules

As we mentioned above, you need to firstly search for the module needed to be downloaded in its official site as different modules function differently and perform differentiated tasks. After having selected out your most ideal module, you need to download its link on your local computer. By the way, most of the modules are downloaded as one compressed file in the format of .zip or tar. What's more, the compressed file is usually stored in the modules subfolder in the Drupal installation directory, and you can choose to install it in that folder or click the "Install new module" button to save it in another directory you can remember.

How to Install Drupal Modules - Download Modules

Unzip and Upload Modules

Attention should be paid that before you start to get modules installed, you need to unzip the downloaded compressed file in the chosen directory firstly. Furthermore, in the update tab, there are two ways available for you to upload modules including installing from a URL or uploading a module archive to install. In below, we take adding modules through "Install new module" for example.

How to Install Drupal Modules - Unzip and Upload Modules

Install Modules

Afterwards, you need to log into the Drupal 7 dashboard, and then go to the administration section to enter the "Modules" area in order to supervise the already-existed or ready-to-add modules. If you have clicked the "Modules" button on the administration list, you need to click "Choose File" button and select out the module you have already downloaded to your hard-drive.

How to Install Drupal Modules - Choose Files

Then, you need to upload module by the mentioned two routes and then don't forget to click on the "Install" button. Up to this step, the whole installation is finished and you will receive a notification that the installation was completed successfully if everything goes right.

In addition, in case you want to enable this installed new module, you just need to click on the "Enable newly added modules" button which is on the bottom of the notification list. Then, scroll down after entering into the user interface and you will find there is a check box of the ready-to-enable module on the left hand. Then, you need to check the corresponding checkbox to fully enable it later and click on "Save configuration" button to save changes.

How to Install Drupal Modules - Enable Newly Added Modules

Disable and Uninstall Modules

In case you want to stop using the installed and enabled modules, we also prepare the concise and simple explanation for how to disable and uninstall modules. In short, it is as easy as steps to enable and install a module. To be specific, when you try disabling one module, its built-in features couldn't be used in the same time with remained data in the database intact. It means that you can easily reuse the module you disable before the next time, which makes things easy and time-saving.

Additionally, if you try uninstalling one module, its related data would be removed from the database. It needs to point out that although some of the data can still exist in your file system, so you'd better delete all files if there are some vulnerabilities packed in it.

How to Install Drupal Modules - Disable and Uninstall Modules