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Modules 101, Supersized! Introduction, installation, removal, & recommendations, or, The What, When, Where, Why, and especially How, now with additional What.


This is a practical introduction to Drupal modules.

First we'll cover the basics of what modules are, when to use contributed modules, where to find them, why choose one over another, and —step-by-step— how to install and uninstall modules in both Drupal 6 and 7.

Then we'll move on to discussion of various really useful contributed modules to take your site beyond the basics of Drupal 7 core. There are modules to improve, allow, and/or help with everything from accessibility to workflow, from images to input formats, and beyond.

This session will be of interest to beginner and intermediate Drupallers, as well as those who manage or hire Drupallers or who are just trying to decide whether to use Drupal.

Questions answered by this session:

  • What are modules?
  • When should I use contributed modules?
  • Where can I find contributed modules?
  • Why should I choose one module over another?
  • How do I install modules (step-by-step)?
  • How do I uninstall modules (step-by-step)
  • What are some recommended contributed modules for Drupal 7?

Accompanying materials, aka "the handouts":
(will be updated for BADCamp 2012)

Previous (Drupal 6) versions of the second part of this session (http://sharonkrossa.com/drupallets/top-modules-drupal-6x-version-21) have been described by attendees as simultaneously "really helpful" and "like drinking water from a fire hose".