For the past weeks, every day I learnt a little about Drupal. For me Drupal is a wild horse that has to be tamed to unleash its full potential. Here are two things beginners should do right away

Don’t let Drupal’s CKEditor Apply Source Formatting

1. Open the Drupal 7 admin interface and click on Configuration at the top

2. Listed under Content Authoring you will find an option Wysiwyg Profiles, click on it:

Drupal Wysiwyg Profiles.png

3. (Optional) Alright, before you continue, I suggest that you grab the WYIWYG module and install it, so you can enjoy the more comfortable TinyMCE editor – there’s a great guide how to install this module here

4. Ok, click on Edit for your editor (row: Full HTML)

5. There will be several fields, click on CLEANUP AND OUTPUT

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6. Uncheck the option Apply source formatting. To store this, you need to confirm it by clicking Save. Click Save on the next page as well (again) to make sure it applies the option correctly to your editor

Customize Your Editor: Add Headline Button For Quick Editing

I’ll admit, I’m a WordPress geek and getting used to Drupal is not easy. One of the things I love about WordPress is that the default editor comes with lots of buttons for easy editing. In Drupal, you’ll first have to enable most of the useful buttons (why they are not enabled by default is beyond me)

1. Repeat step 1-4 above

2. Click on Buttons and Plugins this time

Drupal 7 Buttons And Plugins.png

3. Check the option “Block Format” and any other you may find useful

Drupal Block Format.png

4. Confirm with clicking Save once and then on the following page again

After disabling source formatting and adding a Block format buttons, Drupal content is a lot easier to handle. I can now quickly copy and paste things into the HTML editor and click “Enable rich-text” and then move on to edit the text and quickly insert headlines using the newly added button

I’m very happy that I decided to go with Drupal for some new sites, it’s so much better for expanding a simple website. WordPress does not even come close to this. Advanced webmasters should not be afraid of trying Drupal, it will help you to quickly expand your sites and create full-blown job boards, social platforms and much more. With WordPress you’d need loads of plugins for the same functionality and WordPress was never intended to be a CMS anyway, it’s a blog platform and not a CMS like Drupal or Joomla.