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Top 5 Must-Have Drupal Modules - Best Modules for Drupal Websites

updated on Sep 14, 2014
Top 5 Must-Have Drupal Modules - Best Modules for Drupal Websites When running a Drupal website, some useful modules are necessities if you require more functionality, better control, enhanced security, optimized website performance, or some other advantages. As thousands of developers are working on Drupal core and modules, there are numerous Drupal modules available on the web, including over 23,600 free ones at

In this article, we have introduced the top 5 must-have Drupal modules that are recommended to be installed and used on every Drupal website. All of the 5 modules are carefully tested by ourselves, and their quality makes them deserve to be awarded as the best ones.

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When Drupal has been properly installed on a web hosting account, now it's time to get some must-have modules. Here are the best 5 modules with great features and popularity.

No.1: Views

  • Requirement: Drupal 6.x or higher & CTools
  • Downloads: 4,359,987
  • Maintenance status: Actively maintained

Views tops the Drupal module recommendation lists at many websites for its brilliant features that allow you arrange the content on the Drupal website as you want by defining a set of criteria. It is basically a powerful GUI interface to the Drupal database.

With the use of Views, you can present website content in lists, grids, tables, and some other styles. This module is flexible and easy-to-use, so you can handle it by yourself even if you are relatively inexperienced in database management and the related fields. Of course, it would be better if you have some SQL knowledge which enables you to know what the advanced functions of Views is doing in the backgrounds.

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Views Drupal Module

No.2: Content Construction Kit (CCK)

  • Requirement: Drupal 6.x or higher
  • Downloads: 1,856,089
  • Maintenance status: Actively maintained

Content Construction Kit (CCK) is a valuable Drupal module that allows you to add custom fields to different types of Drupal content (nodes) or define a new content type using a web browser. Combined with Views, you can create detailed lists of almost any type of content you may think of.

The installation and use of CCK requires no coding or any other complicated tasks, and you can order the fields according to your own preference, without limitations. Besides Views, the module can well integrate with some other modules, such as Panels, Token, and Devel.

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Content Construction Kit Drupal Module

No.3: Pathauto

  • Requirement: Drupal 6.x or higher & Token
  • Downloads: 2,094,030
  • Maintenance status: Actively maintained

Pathauto is a necessity for every modern Drupal website that requires clean and readable URLs. The module automatically generates URL/path aliases for various kinds of content – modes, taxonomy terms, and users – without requiring the user to manually specify the path alias.

For example, Pathauto enables you to post your blog posts under blog/blog-page-title/ instead of the default node/123/. The aliases of blog-page-title are based upon a "pattern" system that uses tokens which you can change. Doing like this, your website pages are not only memorable for readers and visitors, but also findable for search engines.

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Pathauto Drupal Module

No.4: Token

  • Requirement: Drupal 6.x or higher
  • Downloads: 3,030,703
  • Maintenance status: Actively maintained

Tokens are little snippets of text that can be used as replacement patterns. The Token module, therefore, provides a central API for modules to use tokens to achieve their own values. For example, if your website sends out an email and you want to add in the user's name, Tokens saves your time and energy.

It may sound confusing for newbies, but when you have installed some other modules that use Token and provide tokens via the API, such as Organic Groups, Pathauto, Commerce, and Comment Notify, you will find that Token is easy-to-use and more than helpful.

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Token Drupal Module

No.5: Administration Menu

  • Requirement: Drupal 6.x or higher
  • Downloads: 2,059,848
  • Maintenance status: Actively maintained

The Administration Menu module, which is available since Drupal 6, is a lightweight module that renders all the administrative features below "administer" in a clean and purely CSS-based menu along the top of the screen for logged in users and then gives access to admin features. As the module is permission based, it only gives the user access to the level that your permissions allow.

Besides, Administration Menu is theme-independent, which means that no matter you are novice user coming from another CMS, a site administrator, or web developer, this module is a helpful tool and time-saver. It can work well in all themes and browsers.

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Administration Menu Drupal Module