Blogging has become an inevitable part of businesses today. There are various broad ways to make your blogs more engaging and provide an advantage to your business like brand recognition, enhanced traffic, better conversions and improved leads. However, there are various lesser known ways that influence the effectiveness of your blogs that decides whether your visitor will engage with your brand, bookmark your site, and share your content.
There are many things to learn when you are going to start your next project with Drupal. The use of Drupal for creating engaging blogs is an entirely new learning experience and one of the biggest things is to enhance the core functionality of Drupal developments with modules contributed by its community. There are so many modules available that it becomes difficult to pick up the best ones. Here we have discussed the top 5 picks, that can give you the desired results.
1. Pathauto Module
This module helps to organize your content on your Drupal website. It generates URL/path aliases for different types of content automatically. So you don’t have to mention the path alias. The module also allows you to have URL aliases relied on a pattern system which uses tokens. Hence, the tokens become an indispensable part of the Pathauto module and can’t be done without. Pattern tab, Settings tab, Bulk Update, and Delete tab are the most frequently used tabs in Pathauto Module.
2. Views Module
The View Module is another popular module of Drupal that allows the website developers to sort and display type of content, date, subject, author, etc. It offers you a great tool for generating custom mash-ups of content, creating dynamic grids, lists, reports, tablets, navigation and RSS feeds. You can also use it for pulling out information from your website. Views can be configured for displaying various results based on the interactions made by visitors. With this module, you can modify the views of your blog so that you can generate page layouts of your own choice. Moreover, you can also create a monthly archive with this module.
3. Taxonomy Module
A powerful core module, the Taxonomy comes integrated with Drupal as its important feature. It allows the developers to create vocabularies and within these vocabularies, you can specify terms. After this, you can easily “tag” your content by those terms. It provides your website with a list of organizational keywords including the Meta tags, Meta descriptions, and categories. You can also customize defined sections of the Drupal site with varied themes using this module. It allows you to relate and classify your site’s content.
4. Similar Entries Module
This module works on specific algorithms that help in searching the related content or articles for the readers. It offers a list of links to website content connected to the existing node being viewed. This module uses MySQL’s FULLTEXT indexing and it itself integrates the important tables to the database for searching content connections. FULLTEXT is a query, which is used by this module for finding related content in other nodes through a natural language search that interprets the search string as a human language’s phrase.
It is also known as Radioactivity and is the “hotness” metric of content that checks it’s popularity. You can combine the content with views of blocks for the recognition of content using this module. Therefore, Radioactive module acts as a popularity checking tool of the content.