Top 12 Drupal Modules

I just got back from Webvisions here in Portland. There were a number of interesting presentations and conferences are always good to get revitalized. One presentation that was of particular interest to me was by Sean Larkin of OpenSourcery, where he covered Drupal as a development platform.

Here's a quick summary of their top Drupal modules (please forgive me if I've made any errors):

  • CCK (Content Construction Kit) - allows you to add different field types
  • Views - allows custom queries
  • Contemplates - allows editing of presentation
  • Theme API Module - allows editing the header and footer w/o a Node
  • ImageCache - upload high quality images and create lower resolution versions; also allows adding borders, backgrounds, etc.
  • TincyMCE - best WYSIWYG editor
  • IMCE - a file manager that works with TinyMCE
  • Gmap - module for Google Maps mashup
  • PathAuto - module allows you preserve older URLs
  • CustomError - custom 403 & 404 errors without needing to create nodes for them
  • Ecommerce or Ubercart - robust ecommerce modules
  • Devel Module - helpful for developers; grab arrays and see what's in them

For theming the you can find custom themes in the Theme Garden or start from the Zen theme

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Seems drupal relies on its performance on hardware upgradation rather than caching. The built in drupal cache system has some drawbacks too. But on a high traffic drupal site a cache module is essential. Any cache module that is recommended or that can be considered as top module in drupal?

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