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Drupal Commons Community Installation and features

Installation :

Special part of installation of the Drupal commons involves increasing the following parameters in the PHP.

Maximum Execution time : 300

Maximum Input time : 240

Drupal commons won't install if above changes are not done.

Features :

Drupal commons is drupal with all the community features added in one single package.
It has lot of featured modules present for community website and community application.

Features tab : contains group of collective modules which we can use for different purposes
As admin configuration, SEO, dashboard, discussions, notifications etc.

Context module : Context allows you to manage contextual conditions and reactions for different portions of your site.

Flag : site administrator can provide any number of flags for nodes, comments, or users. Some possibilities include bookmarks, marking important, friends, or flag as offensive.

Heartbeats : Heartbeat logs activity for nodes, comments, users/profiles and organic group activity. heartbeat comments submodule to comment on a message. Message templates can be set to use node-comments when in node context.

Chart module : creates different charts using the statistics of the site.

OG Groups : Enable users to create and manage their own 'groups'. Each group can have subscribers, and maintains a group home page where subscribers communicate amongst themselves.
password policies : A password policy can be defined with a set of constraints which must be met before a user password change will be accepted. Each constraint has a parameter allowing for the minimum number of valid conditions which must be met before the constraint is satisfied.

Freelinking : The freelinking module implements a filter for the easier creation of HTML links to other pages in the site.

Userpoints : This module is useful in providing an incentive for users to participate in the site, and be more active.

Quant : Quant provides an engine for producing quantitative, time-based analytics for virtually any Drupal component. Quant takes raw data about normal Drupal actions, such as node creation, and plots the activity over time, with the selected time being configurable.

Shoutbox : Post messages instantly via AJAX , Optionally have messages auto-refresh via AJAX , Permissions can be set so that posts go live immediately or go to a moderation queue.

Strongarm : lets site builders manage default variable settings. All the default values provided by Strongarm are listed on this page

Tagadelic : is a small module, without any databases, or configuration, that generates a page with weighted tags. The cool thing is that by merely altering font sizes, these lists suddenly gain a dimension.

Vertical tab : Vertical tabifying all node forms, Vertical tabifying the content type forms, Vertical tabifying the block forms.

Wikitools : module provides some settings to get a more wiki-like behavior. It aims to be lightweight; all features are optional, and it provides no database tables of its own. Let users create new nodes when they type in a node name which does not exist. Let users search for nodes when they type in a node name which does not exist.

Wysiwyg : Allows to use client-side editors to edit content. It simplifies the installation and integration of the editor of your choice. This module replaces all other editor integration modules.
The getID3 - Drupal module facilitates the installation and management of the getID3() PHP library, used to extract useful information from MP3s and other multimedia file formats. This API module is used by other modules to ensure that getID3() is correctly installed. Developers who need the getID3() functionality can make this a dependency by their module, and then call the getid3_load() function to properly use the getID3() library without having to worry about whether it's installed or not.

Messaging Framework : to allow message sending in a channel independent way. It will provide a common API for message composition and sending while allowing plug-ins for multiple messaging methods.
A common use will probably be to display the badges along with the user's information within forums, comments, or node postings. These badges can be assigned individually by the administrator or attached to a role so that, for example, all users in the 'admin' role will show the 'Administrator' badge which could display as a graphic letter 'A'.

User expires : This module allows an administrator to disable old, unused accounts. This helps prevent dormant accounts from becoming security vulnerabilities.