Drupal Garden Features - dummies

By Lynn Beighley, Seamus Bellamy

To give you a chance to view and play with all the Drupal Gardens features, you can create a new site and choose the Custom option instead of one of the installed templates:

  1. Make sure you’re logged in, and then click the My Sites link.

    Doing so opens the Drupal Gardens Site manager.

  2. Click Create a New Site and enter a site name. Click Continue.

  3. Choose Create Your Own Template from the Template drop-down list.

    The Features list displays all possible features, all turned off as seen in the following illustration.

  4. Click each feature in the list to see more information about it.

The available features and the modules that control them are described in the following list:

  • Comments: Allows site visitors or registered users to comment on your site’s content. This is the same functionality as turning on the Comments module.

  • Follow Us: Adds social networking links to your content. This feature is the same as the Follow module.

  • Share This: Allows visitors to share links to your site’s content across their social networks.


  • Stay Notified: Provides e-mail notification of comment follow-up when comments are posted. This feature is the same as the Comment Notify module.

  • Mailing List: Creates a form where users can sign up for your mailing list. This feature is the same as the Mailing List module.

  • Rotating Banner: Adds banners to your site that rotate between images. Banners are created as blocks. This feature is the same as the Rotating Banner module.

  • Twitter Feed: Adds a widget containing your recent Twitter posts to your site.

  • Get Feedback: Provides a fixed feedback link on the side of site to let users provide feedback to you. This feature is controlled by the Gardens Feedback module.

  • Media Gallery: Allows you to create galleries of images and videos with lightbox preview and slideshows. This feature is the same as the Media Gallery module.

  • Webforms: Creates forms for your website. The webforms feature lets you design custom forms for your site and collect the information your visitors submit.

If you didn’t turn on one of these features when you created your site, or didn’t choose a template with one of these features on by default, you can still turn them on by using the Modules administration link. The following illustration shows the Drupal Gardens modules page, with some of the Drupal Gardens modules visible.


If there’s a downside to Drupal Gardens, it’s that you can’t install new modules. Currently, you’re limited to modules that are already available.