The benefits of Drupal

At the moment, Drupal is our favourite Content Management System (CMS) — how we manage website content. We’ve been using it a lot, for a variety of different projects. Of course, we can work with any CMS and have plenty of experience working with and developing web solutions in other CMS programs such as Wordpress, Joomla, Django and Moodle. But these days, we’re really liking Drupal and recommending it to a lot of our clients, so I thought I'd tell you a bit about it.

Drupal best satisfies the seven-point criteria we use to evaluate CMS:
1. Functionality
2. Usability
3. Scalability
4. Extensibility
5. Security
6. Reliability and performance
7. Support

Drupal is an open-source (non-licensed) CMS, an innovative system designed for maximum usability and update capabilities by administrators. It’s superior to custom-built systems in that it's supported by an extremely large developer community (more than 700,000 people in 228 countries) and has been solidified by years of widespread use and developer contributions. Being open-source, Drupal has no proprietary licensing fees and doesn’t tie the website to a single vendor firm. It’s portable, has a transparent security focus and is sophisticated yet affordable. All these things come together to create higher value for the cost when compared with custom-built systems.

Even the White House uses Drupal. That’s got to count for something, right?

If you’re a technophile and want a breakdown of the Drupal advantage in more technical terms, we’ve produced the following summary. (And for the rest of you, the bottom line is this: consider Drupal.)

The Drupal advantage
• most popular and most powerful open-source CMS
• huge install base
• massive, active development community
• an effective application framework
• clean, extensible code base
• many high-quality modules available for add-on capability
• keeps custom, proprietary code to a minimum
• builds highly functional custom modules to accomplish essentially any task
• high performance
• built-in caching
• integrates easily with third-party caching mechanisms
• infinitely scalable
• SEO friendly, right out of the box
• standards-compliant HTML/CSS
• capable of custom (HTML) page titles, meta descriptions
• customizable, friendly URLs
• permalinks
• simple Google Analytics integration (without writing or inserting code)
• extremely well documented
• mature (Drupal is going into its seventh major release)
• flexible, powerful theme engine that separates content completely from
• a Drupal site's look and feel is limited only to the constraints of imagination and the modern web browser
• easy to install and support, runs on Windows or practically any AMP (Apache, mySQL, PHP) stack
• powerful taxonomy system for categorizing content
• user registration and profiles
• role-based permission system
• out-of-box RSS feeds
• browser-based administration

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