Talking Drupal #442 - Mercury Editor

March 18, 2024
Today we are talking about Mercury Editor, What it does, and how it could change your editorial life with guest Justin Toupin. We’ll also cover Webform Protected Downloads as our module of the week.


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  • What is Mercury Editor
  • What is powering Mercury Editor
  • Do you see any risk building on top of Paragraphs
  • Does Mercury Editor cost anything
  • Can companies hire Aten to add features
  • What are some key features
  • What makes Mercury Editor unique
  • How stable is the content
  • What happens if Paragraphs stops being supported
  • How can the community help


  • Brief description:
    • Have you ever wanted to have downloadable content on your website, only available to visitors who have filled out a webform? There’s a module for that.
  • Module name/project name:
  • Brief history
    • How old: created in Sep 2010 by berliner, but the most recent releases are by james.williams of Computer Minds
    • Versions available: 7.x-1.1 and 8.x-1.0-alpha2 versions available, the latter of which works with Drupal 9 and 10
  • Maintainership
    • Actively maintained, the latest release was a week ago
    • Security coverage
    • Introductory blog linked on the project page
    • Number of open issues: 18 open issues, none of which are bugs against the current branch
  • Usage stats:
    • 804 sites
  • Module features and usage
    • Having thought leadership content like white papers or reports gated behind a lead capture form is a common pattern for websites, and this module is designed to make that easy to set up
    • You use the module by adding a handler to your webform, similar to triggering an email send
    • In the configuration for your webform protected download handler you have options for how much verification you want for the download link, whether or not the link should expire after a period of time, and so on, in addition to uploading one or more files that can be downloaded by people who submit the webform
    • The module provides tokens for the download URLs, so you can easily include them in a submission confirmation message or email