In this fast-paced world, everyone wants to get things done with a minimum of hassle. This idea is particularly seen in the way we all try to conduct business in the online world.
Just a decade ago, web development and deployment of business websites and blogs were a (complex) matter of writing lines upon lines of code. Over time, this evolved into content management systems (CMS) that have removed a lot of hassle from creating, deploying and maintaining business websites and blogs.
Today’s CMS offers a simple solution to storing and managing content. They allow everyone to create a website without delving into the depths of HTML, CSS, jQuery and programming languages. In the case of many CMS, you could build a website using the point and click GUI.
In this article, I will discuss Drupal, a very popular CMS created by Dries Buytaert. It powers
popular websites such as The White House, Grammys, Lamborghini etc. The following are the main reasons why Drupal should power your next project:
- Out-of-the-box functionality
- Extreme customization
- Mobile Ready
- Huge Module repository
- Advanced Administrator controls
- Organization of content
- Extremely secure
- SEO friendly
- Clean code
- Thousands of modules
- Extensive API Support
Drupal offers a powerful out-of-the-box solution because a number of useful user-created features have been packaged into the core distribution of the CMS. This means that all the basic functionality is available right after you finish installing Drupal. In practical terms, this allows users to create a blogging or news website without additional modules.
Drupal is one of the most, if not the most customizable CMS available today. In fact, Drupal is often referred to as a Content Management Framework rather than a Content Management System because of its extensive customizability. A skilled Drupal developer could tweak every component and aspect of the CMS and add custom functionalities such as custom content types, custom nodes, and fields. The layout of a Drupal website could be completely customized and extended through the addition of custom blocks.
Huge Module Repository
Ok, so we’ve established that Drupal has almost everything you need out-of-the-box. But more often than not, you need a functionality that is not a part of the Drupal core yet.To fulfill that need, you need modules. Modules are packages of code that can add or extend the functionality of Drupal websites. There are loads and loads of modules available for Drupal. Installing these modules is a breeze, and the extendability they offer is often the very thing your website needs.
Gone are the days when a monitor on a desk was your only gateway to the digital world. Today people use screens and devices of all descriptions to access the internet. This poses a problem for web developers since the websites designed just a decade ago were only required to run on screens with minimum variations in size. The great thing about Drupal is that web developers don’t have to worry about this issue since Drupal is fully responsive and thus mobile ready, right out of the box. Drupal powered websites automatically scale beautifully for every screen type automatically.
Advanced Administrator Controls
As your website grows, you will inevitably involve more people in the administration activities. When you have a team of people working on your site, you wouldn’t want to give everyone the complete control of your site. To solve this problem, Drupal offers an excellent administrator controls system. You can add and customize permissions for each individual user independently without worrying about security issues.
In keeping with the need for speed I mentioned in the introduction of this blog, Drupal has evolved to be one of the fastest CMS out there. A fast website offers a lot of advantages including happy visitors and high rankings in SERP. To further increase the speed of your Drupal website, check out this blog post 10 Tips To Speed Up Your Drupal Website
Streamlined Organization of Content
So you’ve got a huge website with millions of visitors every month. Your website has loads of content now and that is great!
But wait, what if you want to find a particular blog you posted 2 years, 4 months and 28 days ago? Fortunately, Drupal offers several ways of organizing content such as URL, tags, taxonomy and custom lists. In addition, you can also integrate various search engines such as Elasticsearch quite easily in your Drupal site to find content readily.
Security the area where Drupal trumps all other CMS. Unlike other CMS, security is built into the core distribution of the CMS. This is why Drupal is the number one choice for government websites around the world such as The White House, Boston’s official website, see this comprehensive list of Drupal powered government websites. Here are the security measures that further fortify your Drupal website’s security.
In this very competitive world, the position in Google’s SERP determines the profitability of the business. Drupal ensures that your websites have a very fair chance of ranking high in search engines. In particular, the clean URL structure, fast speed and a host of under-the-hood features ensure that all search engines give preference to Drupal powered websites. To further improve the SEO of your Drupal website see my blog post on Drupal 8 SEO Tips For Optimizing Your Website’s Reach And Traffic.
Easily Modifiable Clean Code
The beauty of Drupal is that it caters to all types of users. So, if you are a developer and do not a particular feature of your Drupal website, you could dive into the core code and tweak it to your satisfaction. Clean and well-organized code lies at the heart of Drupal so that anyone can tinker with it and modify the platform to their particular needs.
Being open source is perhaps the strongest point of Drupal. Since everyone could see and change the code of an open source software, the software could be easily modified to fit the particular user requirements. Anyone from anywhere in the world can become a contributor for Drupal and fix any bug. Similarly, anyone can code a patch for Drupal and help make Drupal better.
Another great aspect of Drupal is the vibrant community around it. Whenever you get stuck during Drupal development, just ask the excellent Drupal community about it and you will get several solutions. There are hundreds of meetups around the world centered around Drupal, with thousands of attendees and tens of thousand of ideas. As the Drupal community grows, so does Drupal and every new member, regardless of the skill level, receives an equal treatment!
Drupal has an excellent documentation at its official site. Most of the times, any problem you come across can be easily solved by going through this documentation. In addition, there are a very helpful tutorial and blogs that cover all aspects of Drupal development.
With so many great points, it is easy to see why people all over the world opt for Drupal for their web projects. Drupal does have a steeper learning curve than other CMSs but the fruits of your labor are so much sweeter. For the Drupal community, it is not just a CMS, it is a lifestyle ;). And you are welcome to join this lifestyle anytime you wish.