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Drupal's admin pages can be beautiful!

Published: 26th Jul '15
Adminimal Material

So, it turns out the Drupal CMS can be beautiful. I kid you not! Anditko has updated the Adminimal theme with a material skin based on Android Lollipop. I've mentioned Adminimal before, an admin theme that greatly improves the look and feel of Drupal’s CMS, and the latest update takes it that step further into the land of stunning.

I've talked about a couple of modules to handle repeatable fieldsets before, with a comparison between Field Collections and Inline Entity Form. At Drupal Camp London this year I learnt about a new method: Paragraphs. Below I'll go through the basic setup and implementation of the module comparing it to the previous modules I used.

I gave a talk at Drupal Camp London this year, focusing on the UX of CMS users a.k.a the forgottten Drupal user. Below are the slides and a few notes to accompany them.

Drupal fields; improving select lists

Published: 11th Jan '15
Drupal and select lists

Everyone knows what a select list is, what it looks like and how it works. But that doesn't mean it can't get better, here a few modules that can be used to improve the experience for users when selecting items.

It's a well-known frustration that the core image management within Drupal isn't great (to put it mildly). Compared to CMS' such as wordpress it falls very short, there are however a few modules you can install and configure to help manage images better within your site. 

My last post on field collections involved revisioning with Workbench Moderation and the issues faced. Since then the module has been developed further, but I've also come across a potential replacement: Inline Entity Form. This is a short comparison of the two modules.

A while ago I wrote a post on Content Editors being the forgotten Drupal user, and how we could improve their experience. Well it's been over a year now and, as with anything online, things have changed and new stuff has appeared or been found. So here's a few extra modules that I think can improve the CMS users experience of Drupal.

Field collections are awesome, we all know that. When it comes to revisioning it starts to turn sour, go deeper and include workflow moderation and it really turns dark.

Forms are everywhere, whether they're asking users to register, comment on a post or submit an enquiry we ask users for a variety of information. Such actions should be as easy for the user as possible. Drupal core does the job but it's not as friendly or easy as it could be, below are a few modules you can use to greatly improve the experience.

With most websites a great deal of thought goes into the end user, how will they view and want to interact with the site? What are their key workflows? etc. So often content editors are forgotten about and left with only the basic tools to fully manage their site. Installing a few modules, making some quick configuration changes and adding some code snippets can enable users to more effectively manage their content and their site as a whole, leaving a happier admin as well as front end user.