Views define how you want to view content on your Drupal-powered website. Using the Drupal Views is not a cumbersome process. Just go through the following steps carefully to incorporate the Drupal views effectively on to your website:
- Download the views module from http://www.drupal.org/project/views, extract all the files and move them to the modules folder.
- Next important step is configuration of the views module. Go to the modules page and make sure that all the view components are enabled. Once that is achieved you would see an extra tab-‘views’ under site building.
- Views module comes in very handy to get an RSS feed page in Drupal. Edit the view by adding an argument ‘RSS Feed Selector’ and then add ‘/feed’ to the view which has the RSS feed selector argument. End result your very own RSS feed page, isn’t that simple?
- Customizing views in Drupal is also an easily manageable affair. E.g. To get a view where authors name, title, date, etc. are mentioned instead of the conventional full post display is possible by changing the fields that the block will show. However, to be able to successfully customize a view it has to be either a table view or a list view.
- Drupal views also provide excellent display controls in the form of filters which help in sorting of different fields. E.g. you can choose to display blog posts from a specific category only. By giving this free hand Drupal leaves the controls in the hands of the end user which is what makes it an amazing open-source Content Management System (CMS).