More Great Finds in Drupal 7
Written on Sep 11 2010
I blogged several weeks ago about improvements in the upcoming Drupal 7, which before the next few months is anticipated to replace version 6. Since then, I’ve found some more goodies:
- Webforms are no longer their own content type, but can be ‘added’ to any other content type. This may not seem like much, but it’s huge for this reason: suppose you have a site that uses different types of content for different language areas, or different segments of the site. And, suppose you have menus or theming rules that are based on this node type, such that one part of the site works or looks different from another.Well, up through Drupal 6, you had to account for the fact that a Webform (for those of you who aren’t familiar, Webforms are pages that house, say, contact forms for visitors to use) was its own content type, and thus you had to engage in theming acrobatics to get it to work properly. Now, though, you can make any node type you want into a ‘webform’– such that a regular page could have a form built into it for visitors to fill out. Sweet!
- Custom CCK fields, available through Drupal 6 only within ‘normal’ content (e.g. nodes, or pages), is now available for taxonomy terms — i.e. you can add custom fields to individual categories– and user profiles. Rather than using the somewhat annoying Profiles module which doesn’t interface as well with other types of content, user profiles can now use custom CCK-type fields just like nodes used to have all to themselves. So, now if you want to add, say, extra pictures or a video field to a user’s profile, you no longer have to use the somewhat roundabout Content Profile module, which creates a node per user.
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