Three neat new features in Drupal 7

Drupal 7 has been in development since February 2008, and it’s finally starting to head towards an actual release. It’s currently in a code freeze, which means they’re no longer adding new features, and instead concentrating on fixing bugs and polishing things up. After that, they should be ready to release!

In the mean time, we thought we’d take a look at the development version of Drupal 7 and highlight some of the new additions (keep in mind this version isn’t for production sites yet, and that some things are likely to change before release).

Activity Module

One of the most important features of a social network is that page that lets you see what people you know are doing. On Facebook, the first page you see when you login is the News Feed – a list of everything that your friends have done recently.

Activity is a Drupal module for creating a page like that. It lets you see when people sign up, make comments, post content, join groups (with Organic Groups), or become friends (with User Relationships).

Menu and Cobalt

Developing a Drupal site involves jumping back and forth to alot of different pages, and with the default Garland theme, it can get a little old. That’s why the first thing we do when starting a new site is to install the Admin Menu module.

Admin Menu

The Admin Menu module adds a translucent dropdown menu to the top of the page, allowing you to access any admin link with one click.

RefTagger Drupal Module

UPDATE: This module is now available on Drupal.org. http://drupal.org/project/reftagger

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