Why Drupal?

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What is Drupal?

Drupal is a free, open-source content management system (CMS) used to build websites and applications. Although it is recognized as a CMS, different kinds of applications can be built upon it. What is a CMS? You can smash here for the previous blog that covers this information.

Drupal is free to download, and anyone can modify and extend the platform. It is the most difficult, but also the most powerful. It requires a familiar understanding of HTML, CSS, and PHP.

Uses

There are many different types of uses for Drupal including:

  • Blogs
  • Personal websites
  • Online stores
  • Social networking
  • Forums

So, who would use Drupal? There are at least 1,042,335 live websites using Drupal. Business such as NBC, BBC, the US government, and universities use the framework to communicate with humans everywhere.

Differences

Now there are all kinds of different CMS’s out there, so why choose Drupal? Well, here are a few reasons.

Functionality

Drupal is complex compared to other CMS’s like WordPress but that gives it some advanced functionality. There are more functionalities like advanced menu management, graphics modification tool, user’s management and more.

Drupal’s user permissions are also more advanced than other CMS’s. With Drupal, you can have site administrators, content editors, individualized access to private content, and more.

Security

Security is the main concern for every client. Due to the vast open source community, Drupal has enterprise-level security which provides comprehensive security reports.

Flexibility

Drupal can support thousands of pages and thousands of users. In Drupal 8 there is also improved page performance, including its caching feature which helps the page load faster. This CMS is more robust for handling complex projects.

Modules

Modules are basically plug-ins that extend Drupal core. There are two main types of modules: Core modules which are included in the default install and are located in the main “modules” directory in the root directory. Settings for core modules can be changed in the Drupal admin interface. Contributed modules extend the features not currently in Drupal core or core modules. These are modules that have been created by users in the Drupal community who have made their code available for use.

Modules for functionality include:

  • Managing user accounts (the core User module)
  • Managing basic content (the core Node module) and fields
  • Managing navigation menus (the core Menu UI module)
  • Making lists, grids, and blocks from existing content

Closing Thoughts

I can’t say if Drupal is the right CMS for you, but it does have some positive things just like any CMS.  Check it out you might like it.

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