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My list of essential Drupal modules

After setting up and configuring Drupal for a few websites, I have managed to compile a list of common/essential modules that I install for most websites. And here they are - my list of essential Drupal modules:

Core - optional

Contact - Enables the use of both personal and site-wide contact forms.

PHP filter - Allows embedded PHP code/snippets to be evaluated.

Search - Enables site-wide keyword searching.

Poll - Allows your site to capture votes on different topics in the form of multiple choice questions.

Taxonomy - Enables the categorization of content.


Image - Allows uploading, resizing and viewing of images.

Image assist - This module allows users to upload and insert inline images into posts. It automatically generates an Add image link under the textarea fields of your choice.

Image Gallery - Allows sorting and displaying of image galleries based on categories.



Meta tags - Allows users to add meta tags, eg keywords or description.

Pathauto - Provides a mechanism for modules to automatically generate aliases for the content they manage.

Token - Provides a shared API for replacement of textual placeholders with actual data.


Nice Menus - CSS/jQuery drop-down, drop-right and drop-left menus to be placed in blocks


FCKeditor - Enables the usage of FCKeditor (WYSIWYG) instead of plain text fields.

Spam Control

CAPTCHAM - Base CAPTCHA module for adding challenges to arbitrary forms.

reCAPTCHA - Uses the reCAPTCHA web service to improve the CAPTCHA system.

Email a friend

Forward - Forward this page module

[tags]drupal, modules, cms, content management system, web development[/tags]

4 thoughts on “My list of essential Drupal modules

  1. Thanks for this post, I found a few new modules I was not aware of yet!

  2. Nice!
    Simplenews , Views, CCK , Addresses and DHTML menus seems to be missing :)

  3. Thanks Ayesh. I found out about CCK and Views after writing this post and yes they are great. Haven’t heard of DHTML Menus though. I use Nice Menu and it is pretty good.

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