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I remember when I first started with Drupal. There was just a handful of modules compared to today. I want to say something like 600 or so...

In fact, there were few enough, I had printed the whole list of all top Drupal modules and took a stack of paper home to read about each one. Fast forward to today's module count and it's coming close to 6,000!

Can you say "Holy metric ton load of Drupal modules to search through Batman!" How do you really know which are good and which are bad?

To start, keep this in mind. Drupal is open source, and pretty much anyone can contribute back to the project. While Drupal's future of version control will place a few more barriers to entry to just anyone submitting potential duplicate modules, (therefore preventing the wonderful module of shame issue ) you still don't really know which modules are coded well and which are not - unless you dig into their code.

So, the quick answer to this problem about knowing which are the top Drupal modules, is to use Drupal.org's /project/usage stats. This is the one place you can see which modules are used the most by the most sites (at least those reporting back to Drupal.org).

In this video, I start at number one and head down to module 50 within the usage stats. I've not worked with all of them, but I'm familiar with what most do. I provide an overview of the modules and what they do within Drupal.

If this approach is a good one, and you'd like me to keep going, then please leave a comment on this posting!

I found the video very useful. Over the years I've been through Wordpress and Joomla/Mambo. I guess I'm a late adopter, but I made it, finally. This is a great intro to the availability of capabilities in Drupal. Tweeted.

Thanks!

You should probably mention that XML sitemap has site-crippling performance issues for frequently updated sites with tons of nodes.

Any those problems have been fixed in the 2.x version. Give it a try. :)

Hey Matt, thanks for the video and thanks for the link (I didn't know this list existed), I assume this is really useful if you are new to Drupal and see those 6000+ modules in front of you ... which is a bit scary :)

However I'm passed that phase already and looking forward to meeting some new modules that might be interesting! I generally try to google for Drupal + use occasion of the module, which is not always that easy.

Maybe a video on underrated modules or modules you've found most useful on some of the websites you did ?!

In general: keep them coming, I love video tutorials to learn about Drupal, definitely the best way to stay Drupal Addicted :)

I like that idea, i would like to see new helpful modules in Drupal. thanks for the video, very interesting.

This was very helpful; thanks! I hope you make a video for the next 50.

Very comprehensive!

It would be more interesting to see the trends during the D6 to D7 transition, specifically with the upcoming auto-download / auto-update (drush-like) feature in Drupal 7.

Also, I'd like to share a slideshow presentation I made targeting modules for Drupal newbies. You'll find it here.

Many thanks for this video. I added "Global redirect", "Tagadelic", and "Embedded media" on my TODO list.
+1 vote for video on next 50 modules.

The http://drupal.org/project/modules page is also sorted by "Usage statistics"..

Really helpful video! Great thanks!

Hello Matt,

thanks for the video and the list. I have just started working with Drupal and it is a bit overwhelming since there are so many different approaches to a problem. So I am really thankful for hints like this one.

Regards Ricbi

Hi Matt,
For me deciding which module I should use for a specific issue is a big problem since there are so many and I don't have time to try out two or three. So thanks a lot for sharing this list and all your other tutorials :-)

Thanks Matt!I enjoyed your well-structured video on Calendar, and because you mention future video(s), perhaps a series? delving deeper into Calendar, I want to encourage you to explain how to theme the calendar for different types of event items.

I currently use MS Excel to maintain a fairly complex calendar and its formatting possibilities are many. What I keep returning to for ease of use is COLOR for event types. So I created several new content data types, one for each type of event. Now I'm stuck making those data types show up on the calendar in different colors. Can you help? Ideally someone will contribute a "colorful calendar theme" module and you'll just explain how to use it.

Thanks Matt! I enjoyed your well-structured video on Calendar, and because you mention future video(s), perhaps a series? delving deeper into Calendar, I want to encourage you to explain how to theme the calendar for different types of event items.

I currently use MS Excel to maintain a fairly complex calendar and its formatting possibilities are many. What I keep returning to for ease of use is COLOR for event types. So I created several new content data types, one for each type of event. Now I'm stuck making those data types show up on the calendar in different colors. Can you help? Ideally someone will contribute a "colorful calendar theme" module and you'll just explain how to use it.

this is truly a great effort on your part. I thank you for the links.

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