Web properties are consistently getting interactive and user centric. Handling media has become a vital component for websites / portals / intranets. Media handling capability in Drupal has become a preferred choice for building web solutions like E-Commerce, Social Networking, Showcase Websites, Company Intranet Solution, or similar.
Numerous companies from Media, E-Learning, and Journalism domains use Drupal as their WebCMS and all these sites are media rich (videos, pictures, music, document files, etc).
Media initiative has been taken very seriously by Drupal community and there are different modules available which strengthen Drupal to handle media exceptionally well.
About Media Project Initiative
Drupal community has a focused team (since 2011) that works to improve media handling in Drupal. Lot of media focused modules have been created, needless to say related issues have been resolved. It has now enabled users to add an extensive framework to Drupal site and create media assets, upload them, manage them in gallery, and use them in different types of content. While enhancing features in Drupal 7, a significant development was done to handle media. it became more user friendly and intuitive.
Highlights on how Drupal’s extensive module library ensures easy media handling
Some modules that ensure using media in Drupal becomes easier, are listed below. By leveraging these modules it becomes easy to add media / files as a field while defining the structure of a type of content, i.e. media and files become a data type.
Also, with the help of these modules, media becomes a part of WYSIWYG editor which makes it easy to add media in different types of content. Also, media widget ensures that the method of adding media is not only standard but also user friendly.
Some modules that enhance Drupal’s media handling capabilities are:
- Media Field
Adding third party media files and video players to Drupal site
Apart from media capabilities mentioned above, it is also possible to add media files i.e. video, image and audio files from various third party providers. So, in Drupal it is possible to add media from other web-based service such as YouTube, MySpace, MetaCafe, Daily Motion, Last.fm, Yahoo Music Video, Soundcloud, etc.
Also there are numerous video players that are available and can easily be embedded in Drupal. Moreover, more than one custom players can be easily managed in Drupal. These players can easily be themed to match the look and feel of the site. Also, player specific variables such as width, height, skin, auto-play, etc. can easily be configured. Some of the players that are integrated in Drupal easily are as follows.