Architecture: Display

Posted by jaffar on July 24, 2013 at 2:40 AM

5 Mistakes to Avoid on Your Drupal Website 4

Architecture: Content

Content is the essence of your website, the reason it exists. Determining the structure of content is the first

step in creating website architecture.

Best Practice

Plan your content structures, including fields and content types. Clear content architecture helps ensure

good performance, a better user experience, and easier maintenance.

(You may find overlap here with Display Architecture, because Views often depend on certain content


Mistake: Too many content types.

Result: This will confuse content creators.

Example: Content types “news” and “article,” which are almost identical.

Solution: Reuse and standardize content types.

Mistake: New fields created for every content type.

Result: This is a waste of resources and drain on performance.

Example: Two different fields for school city and teacher city.

Solution: Reuse and standardize fields. Check your field report at example.com/admin/reports/fields.

Mistake: Content types with no nodes.

Result: An unneeded content type adds unnecessary complexity.

Solution: Reassess your needs as you build the site. Filter your content list to identify unused content

types. Move content and delete unneeded content types.




Drupal is one of the most flexible content management systems in existence.

This eBook provides best practices in five crucial areas of building and maintaining an effective

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Acquia’s consulting staff has discerned patterns of mistakes as they have audited numerous Drupal

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ŽŽ Performance: Tools for performance analysis, common approaches to optimizing your site, and

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