I’ve recently been converted to the idea of why you would want to use Panels in a Drupal site. There is a lot of documentation out there on the very particular pieces of Panels.
As someone new to Panels, what I have found frustrating is lack of a larger overview of how all the pieces fit together. This post is meant to be a rough overview based on what I’ve discovered in a short amount of time. I hope this serves as a handy way for others new to Panels to get a sense of the landscape.
This is not an exhaustive list. These are merely the modules that have seemed useful. These are also not all required – it depends on your project needs.
This is not going to be a tutorial on any one module, but more of a big picture overview of how they relate. I am still learning about Panels, so some of this might be incorrect, or poorly paraphrased. I will try to update this post as I learn more.