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Drupal, Why Use Custom Content Types?

Structure Content.

In Drupal, a custom content type is a predefined structure used to create and organize content on your website.

Content types define the fields, layout, and settings for the content you want to publish.

Drupal Core Content Types

By default, Drupal comes with a couple basic content types, Article and Basic Page.

However, you can create custom content types tailored to your specific needs.

Here are some key reasons for a custom content type:

Specific content structure

As I stated above: Structure. Content.

Custom content types allow you to create unique sets of fields and configurations that cater to particular content needs.

For example, you could create a "Product" content type with fields like price, description, image, and category.

This specific structure helps ensure that all content items within that type have a consistent format and organization.


Custom content types ensures that all content within that type maintains a consistent structure and format.

You can't insert a date into a file field.

This consistency not only improves usability and accessibility for content creators but also provides a better experience for site visitors.

Consistency is key!-ish

Easier content management

Custom content types can help you better organize and manage your content by categorizing it according to its purpose or function.

This organization makes it easier to find, edit, and update specific content items, ultimately streamlining your content management process.

Templating and theming

With custom content types, you can create specific templates and styles for different content types.

This allows you to maintain a consistent look and feel across your website, enhancing your site's visual appeal and making it more user-friendly.


Custom content types are reusable, which means you can use them across multiple projects or share them with others in the Drupal community.

This reusability not only saves time and effort but also encourages collaboration and the exchange of ideas within the community.

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