Chapter 6. Working with the Default Modules


  • Enabling and disabling modules

  • Managing the enabled modules

  • Reviewing the default modules

Modules are packages that provide the functionality in Drupal. The default installation comes bundled with a number of modules that provide a wide range of commonly used features. Some modules provide content functionality, some are tools for the administrator, and still others are intended purely to help developers. Though the use of some modules is optional, all sites use a number of the modules bundles in the default installation; moreover, site owners frequently install additional third-party modules to gain more specialized functionality.

Drupal provides two interfaces for dealing with modules, each with a different purpose. One interface allows you to enable and disable modules. The other is the Modules Manager, which allows you to administer the site's modules. In this chapter, I look at both of the module interfaces as well as provide a quick overview of all the modules in the default installation.

Enabling and Disabling Modules

The default Drupal installation includes 44 modules; some are enabled during installation, others are not. As you saw in the preceding chapter, the Drupal installer gives you a choice of installation profiles. The profile you select determines the modules that are enabled during the installation process. Note that all the default modules are present in your installation, but not all are enabled. You can change ...

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