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Posted on 2012-12-27
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Dear experts,

Could you please advice me what modules should I use to layout my front page main content? Should I use blocks? panels or anything else? I have used blocks in the past, but not panels, and since I have very short time to experiment I would really like an expert advice, could you please give me a hand?

Thanks!

Winter
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A couple of my personal opinions:

If you are going with a responsive theme so that the site is viewable in a nice format on all devices, then I'd go with Omega (make a subtheme) and use its powerful block and grid features to place the content. But see my comment about Panels below and your short experiment time.

If you're already using another starter theme (you have Zen in your tags) then I'd probably go with blocks unless there is a compelling reason not to -- for example, you don't want to give the end users access to blocks. With a short time to experiment, Panels might be a little overkill. For this layout I'd use a layout with a "sidebar second" (right sidebar) and just stack the blocks in each section.

Another module that might be very, very helpful are Context (helps to maintain the layout without using the Blocks page, and separates the front page's blocks from the rest of the site's layout).

Also, I notice that your buttons are (probably) images. Why not try a CSS-only version? The buttons would be much easier to customize, and you wouldn't end up with the white background box around them. I like to use http://css3button.net/  -- it's CSS3 that degrades nicely to normal CSS buttons. If they're already CSS, then this paragraph is useless :)

I neglected to ask whether you are using D6 or D7, but all of the above would apply to both.

If you have any other questions, or need more tips, let me know. I'm full of it. I mean full of them. ;)

Cheers!

Mike
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Hi Mike!!, thank you for your answer!!, I decided to use panel and stack each block in each section and then use In-Place editor to allow the end user to edit each section on the same page.  I guess that I can configure the main blocks permission to no be accessible by the end user such as the log in block.
I am using Drupal7 :).

thank you very much mike. I will sure keep asking many questions along the way.

Winter
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Also, thank you for you advice of using css only for the buttons, I will do it.Thanks!!!!
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