In Drupal 6 and 7, the administration pages are fairly basic.  Most website administrators are going to spend a lot of time on the Content page, with some folks also living on the Users/People page.  These are large lists of content or users filtered by published or unpublished, types or roles, etc.  These pages don’t have much that can be easily extended via other modules, so if an administrator wants something more powerful, other methods have to be evaluated.  Thankfully, Drupal’s large world of contributed modules has everything most administrators would ever need for a much better administration experience.

The most popular Drupal module is Views (http://drupal.org/project/views), which provides a method for building data displays and even filterable content pages.  In fact, Views is installed by default and used on every Drupal site we build.  The administration panel of Views is fairly complicated, so we do not recommend site administrators who have not been trained in Views usage make changes.  But often it means that our teams can just login to the site and make some quick changes to a View or two and add new functionality or solve some problems.

In some cases, Views can save our development team hours of programming.  Although Views is powerful, it is not a tool that solves every problem.  Listing website content or users, though, is something that Views does very well, and that’s why it's a great tool for administration pages.

A great tool to get your administration started with the power of Views is the Administration Views module (http://drupal.org/project/admin_views).  This module uses Drupal’s built-in overriding systems to replace the Content, Comments, and Users listings with a View table that looks really similar.

Administration Views also uses another module called Views Bulk Operations (http://drupal.org/project/views_bulk_operations) to allow admins to check boxes next to each row and then select an action to take on the selected items.  Views Bulk Operations even offers a larger selection of options, even including the ability to bulk modify content fields.  Some of these are powerful, but should be used with caution as they are definitely administration power tools.  And Administration Views just provides a good base for your administration.  From there, by modifying the View we can add content data fields to the table listing.

Our developers and programmers can add and customize filtering options to meet your administration needs, as well helping you learn to use these and other related tools.

As always, before making any unusual changes to your Drupal website, and anytime you have doubts about what you're trying to accomplish, we encourage you to chat with our Client Services team to make sure you're on the right track. We're always here to help!