Best Drupal Modules For Blogging

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Best Drupal Modules For Blogging

 May 15th, 2020

There are millions (if not billions) of websites, each having a blog.  So it should come as no surprise to you that blogging will help your website become successful.  However, if you are not sure what a blog is, you might want to read this.  Your trusted hosting provider should be able to support Drupal.  So here is a breakdown of some of the best Drupal blogging modules.

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Pathauto

Pathauto automatically generates URL/path aliases for various kinds of content (nodes, taxonomy terms, users) without requiring the user to manually specify the path alias. This allows you to have URL aliases like/category/my-node-title instead of /node/123. The aliases are based upon a "pattern" system that uses tokens, which the administrator can change.

Pathauto saves time as it automatically assigns URL's when you create your page, and those URL's provide context clues to readers and search engines.  This is done so that they understand your content's organizational structure.

Disqus

For those who are not familiar with Disqus, put merely, Disqus is a comment platform.  This platform helps your website by allowing you to build an active community.

Disqus Features

  • Threaded comments and replies
  • Notifications and reply by email
  • Subscribe and RSS options
  • Aggregated comments and social mentions
  • Robust moderation and admin tools
  • Full spam filtering, blacklists, and whitelists
  • Support for Disqus community widgets
  • Connected with a significant discussion community
  • Increased exposure and readership

Drupal Integration

  • Display recent comments, popular threads, and other widgets in blocks
  • Provide comments on any node type or user
  • Views 2/3 integration (number of comments)
  • Single Signon

Social Media

The Social Media module allows you to integrate your website with social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.  This module provides a centralized way of managing social media profile information and plug-in widgets.

Radioactivity

Radioactivity allows you to measure content popularity.  When combined with the module Views, you can make lists of popular content.

This is measured by:

  • Count: Activity (e.g., viewing the content) adds popularity.
  • Linear: As in Count. Popularity decreased by 1 per second.
  • Decay: As in Count. Popularity decreased by 50% per half lifetime. (this is where the module name originates from).

Views

Views will allow administrators and website designers to create, manage, and display lists of content.

"Each list managed by the views module is known as a "view", and the output of a view is known as a "display". Displays are provided in either block or page form, and a single view may have multiple screens. Optional navigation aids, including a system path and menu item, can be set for each page-based display of a view. By default, views may be created that list content (a Node view type), content revisions (a Node revisions view type) or users (a User view type). A view may be restricted to members of specific user roles, and can be added, edited or deleted at the views administration page."

The link above from drupal.org provides further information regarding this module.

Conclusion

The above-listed modules are the top modules you will want to have for your Drupal blog to make your website even more useful.  If you have not started a blog for your business or even personal reasons, you might want to consider the above modules and start your blog in 2020 now!

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