DrupalCamp SC Session Notes: Making Drupal Admin Easier

Roger Soper presented Making Drupal Admin Easier at DrupalCamp SC here at SouthEast LinuxFest in Spartanburg, SC. The purpose of the talk is to make our lives as Drupal Admins a little easier. At the same time, the modules that he presented also create a better user experience for people who enter content. Ultimately, it makes it a more pleasant experience for the users, saving time for admins and users.

Here are my notes from the session:

Admin themes, Garland is default. Rubik is an alternative.

Admin menu (sidebar)

  • easier access to items in the admin menu

Block edit

  • give you edit / configure links on blocks to make on-the-fly edits


  • a way to admin blocks

Taxonomy Manager (tagging)

  • built in taxonomy, you have to id every page
  • enable double tree (drag and drop)
  • managing tag sets

Filter perms

  • if you use CCK, each field has permission (if the fields are not re-used)
  • filter by role

Check heavy UI

  • 10 roles, 3k permissions…need give someone lots of perms, except a few
  • it’s like a checkall box at the top of the perms page

View Bulk Operations

  • allows you to select all content nodes (even the ones behind pagination)

Content Type Overview

  • shows you all content types in one view

Tab Tamer

  • you know that view / edit / delete tabs
  • allows you to change the text (name) in the tab
  • allows you to enable, hide, and disable the tabs on an individual basis

Better formats

  • give user different input formats
  • allows you to give individual user roles a different default input format, WYSIWYG, Full HTML, filtered HTML

Content lock

  • locks down a content type when another user is editing a node, for example, an article

Critical users

  • protects critical users from being deleted
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Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager. At night, he wears his cape and is a captain for the Open Raleigh brigade, as well as a co-chair for NC Open Pass. Jason is the author of a book titled The foundation for an open source city--a resource for cities and citizens interested in improving their government through civic hacking. While writing the book, he discovered his unknown superpower of building communities of passionate people. Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife, two kids, two border collies, chickens, lots of tomato plants, and a lazy raccoon somewhere in an oak tree. In his copious spare time, he enjoys surfing, running, gardening, traveling, watching football, sampling craft beer, and participating in local government--not necessarily in that order, but close to it. You can follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets

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