How does Drupal's 'weight' module work?

December 21, 2022

Tags: Technologies, IT Staff Augmentation



One of the most striking features of Drupal is the Weight module, since it provides control and versatility to many of the platforms that are created in this environment. “This option adds weight to the types of nodes enabled,” the company explained in its documentation.


“Least weight nodes will sit at the top of the lists, while heavier items will sink to the bottom of the lists. This is useful for ordering non-chronological nodes like bios, ecommerce products or whatever you want and for ordering nodes on the front page”, they added.




This Weight module is just one of the data sorting options that Drupal offers, since you can also sort by date of creation.


How the Drupal Weight module works


  1. First, we proceed to install the module in Drupal.
  2. Weight is assigned to a node.
  3. The weight of the node is modified, either to place it at the beginning or at the end of a list or classification.
  4. The weight of a node in Drupal can be added either when the node is created or when it is edited.




Weight module in Drupal user roles


One way to organize Drupal user roles is through the Weight module. “Role Weights provides some utility functions to access user role weights for other modules that require this functionality (such as Path Access ), as well as some additional tokens for user role weights”, Drupal detailed in an article.




With this, what is achieved is to assign a specific weight to each user role, which will determine the permissions and responsibilities that each user will have in a platform created in Drupal. You can even organize the modules installed in Drupal by means of the weight.


Recommendations to Drupal developers


If you are a Drupal developer and you have a problem with the installation of the Weight module, we advise you a few things:




  • Always read the documentation, two or three times if necessary. You will find many answers to your questions.
  • Review the list of existing problems, available on the Drupal website. The developer community is always enriching the database with new solutions.
  • You must keep in mind the version of Drupal in which you are working, the type and version of the browser you are using, the type and version of the database and the configuration of the module as such.


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