Modules - An Introduction | Zoho Vertical Solutions Help

Modules - An Introduction

      Modules in Vertical Solutions let you categorize and track various aspects of your business such as Sales, Marketing, Customers, Products, Meetings and the like. Modules are represented in the form of tabs such as Leads, Contacts, Deals, Tasks etc. 
      Data becomes useful and effective when it is structured and categorized. modules in Vertical Solutions take care of this. Consider you have all the data in a spreadsheet. The module in Vertical Solutions is analogous to the column in the spreadsheet. Modules display the data in a simple and visually appealing way, helping you to take data-driven decisions effectively.
      Each module can collect and store thousands of records with a range of built-in options that help you sort, filter, and view the records as required. Modules also provide you with options to perform actions like creating macros, mass updating fields, and sending mass emails. 
      When you log into your solution, the modules are listed in the form of tabs for easy accessibility. For example, in the below image, Contacts, Accounts, Deals etc are the modules. You can switch between modules easily with this arrangement.


There are two types of modules in Vertical Solutions. They are Standard Modules and Custom Modules.

Standard Modules

      Vertical Solutions provides you with a few standard modules that you can readily use. The standard modules provided are Leads, Accounts, Contacts, Potentials, Documents, Reports, Tasks, Events, Calls, Forecasts, Products, PriceBooks, Vendors, Purchase Orders, Invoices, Sales Orders, Quotes, Feeds, Cases, Solutions, Campaigns and Social. 
      These predefined modules come with a set of default fields and layout. You can edit most aspects of a standard module to suit your requirements. For example, if there is a field called Twitter in the Leads module and you think none of your leads use Twitter, you can remove this field from the Leads layout. Similarly there are many other customization options provided for Standard modules. The customization options and their exceptions vary depending on the module you wish to modify.
When you create a new app/solution from your Developer account, you can select the standard modules you want to include for the particular solution.


The modules selected while creating the solution will be the available default modules for the end-user. 

For more details on the standard modules offered by us, please refer to our Standard Modules and Fields documentation.

Custom Modules

      Sometimes, the standard, predefined modules present in Vertical Solutions may not always meet your requirements. In such a case, Vertical Solutions lets you create a new module depending on your business needs. For instance, Leads, Contacts, and Deals will not be ideal for an educational institution. Students, Teachers and Parents would be more appropriate modules for them and they can create these modules. A hospital might need modules called Doctors, Patients, and Nurses.
      To address these unique business requirements, you can create your own modules. With the Custom Modules functionality in Vertical Solutions, you can develop new modules using built-in tools that need no programming skills. These custom modules can seamlessly integrate with core modules and need not be stand-alone modules. 

Creating Custom Modules

To create Custom Modules, log into your developer account and navigate to the specific solution.
  1. Click on the solution from the Home page.
  2. From the left menu panel, click on MODULES from the BUILD sub-menu. 

  3. Click on the + New Module button on the top right. This will take you to the module builder page. 

  4. Enter the name of the new module you want to create in the space provided. 
  5. Change the layout name, if required.
  6. Add New Section to the module by dragging and dropping from the New Fields section.
  7. Drag and drop required fields from the New Fields section to appropriate section of your new module. You can rename sections of the module from this Module Builder page.

  8. To edit any field and its properties, click on the ellipsis near the corresponding field. To make the field a mandatory field, select Mark as Required. You can set or edit the Read Write permission for different profiles for a specific field by clicking on the Set Permission option. Edit Properties lets you change the field label and properties. You can also remove the field from the layout by clicking on the Remove Field option. 

  9. Once you have added all the fields, Click on the Save button in the top right corner to save the custom module. 
  10. Upon saving the module, you will be prompted to select the profiles that should have access to the module. Select the appropriate profiles and click on Save.


Please note that module views are layout specific. You can create upto four layouts for each module to fit your specific requirements. This includes one standard layout and three custom layouts.

To create a new layout for any module:
  1. Navigate to the Modules Home page by clicking on the MODULES option from the BUILD sub-menu. All modules in your account will be listed down on the home page.
  2. Click on the ellipsis corresponding to the module you want to create a new layout for.

  3. Click on Layout.
  4. In the next window, all the layouts already created for the module will be listed down. You can edit the layouts from this window. To create a new layout, click on New Layout. 

  5. Module Builder for the new layout will be shown in the next window. 
    1. Name the new layout.
    2. Add required sections and fields, and edit them to fit your requirement.
    3. Once all the fields are selected, click Save
    4. Select the profiles that should have access to the layout and click Save. 
For the end user, the pre-defined modules the partner selected during the first step of solution creation as well as any custom modules defined for the specific solution will be available. When the user creates a new record in the module, if more than one layout is available, they can selectthe layout that best fits the requirement.



Please note that the end user can add new layouts or edit existing ones provided by the solution provider. However, while editing the fields added by the solution provider in any layout, the options will be limited as compared to other fields. For example, such fields cannot be renamed. 
For more information on page layouts, please refer here.

Published Components Behavior in Modules

The table given below specifies the actions that can be performed over Modules.
Property
Upgrade Type
Modify Access
Create a module
Upgradable
Developer and Subscriber Editable
Rename a Module
Upgradable
Developer Editable
Show/Hide a Module 
(organize modules)
Non-upgradable
Developer and Subscriber Editable
Rearranging Modules
Non-upgradable
Developer and Subscriber Editable
Module Permissions
Non-upgradable
Developer and Subscriber Editable



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