What is Drupal?
Drupal is an open-sourced Content Management System (CMS) launched in 2000. It is written in PHP, or hypertext preprocessor, and depends on a 3rd-party framework called Symfony to maximize its power.
Drupal powers many government and enterprise-level websites all over the world, due to its advanced built-in security and robust performance.
Why Choose Drupal?
There are many web-building systems out there, so why should you consider Drupal? Here we’ll break down the important aspects to consider and why Drupal might be the best option for your business.
Reliable Built-in Security
Many security-conscious government institutions trust Drupal to build their websites because of the advanced built-in protection. According to Sucuri, only 1.28% of websites created using Drupal were hacked in 2019. Better yet, this low disruption rate is an improvement over 2018’s already low rate of 3.7%, proving that Drupal is committed to continually strengthening their platform.
Drupal is known to provide constant software updates, thereby removing all deprecated codes from previous versions and ensuring a high level of security and performance. They also publish regular security reports on their website to keep the general public informed and up-to-date on all security matters.
Robust Content Management Function
Drupal's content management function can handle and organize large volumes of content and complex data. When choosing Drupal, website owners can store and organize their web content in nested sections and subsections. This function makes Drupal the ideal fit for institutions and businesses that have large volumes of diverse content types.
This function also makes Drupal a great choice to build a community platform site. A Drupal website can run various accounts with different permission layers. The interface is user friendly, making easy for interested parties to manage site content without any coding experience necessary.
Advanced Support Resources
Drupal values and encourages community contribution. The company has a dedicated user community that focuses on exchange ideas, sharing resources, and educating each other on all things Drupal. As of July 2020, the Drupal community has more than 1.3 million members, proving to be an extensive and valuable resource for every level of Drupal user, from entry-level to expert.
If you run into trouble with your Drupal system, it’s likely you can find the answer to your question on one of the many built-in community forums. These community case study pages, or community portals, are a hot spot for many Drupalists who love answering questions and providing useful resources by posting videos and blogs.
For enterprise-level companies, Drupal also provides products and assistance through Acquia, an open-sourced customer support service. It offers solutions for professional developers, ensuring you’re never left in the dark when it comes to technical issues.
Flexibility and Scalability
Aside from Drupal's reliable standard features, many developers also choose this software because of its versatility. Drupal allows users to create integrated digital frameworks with custom templates and 3rd-party extensions, giving developers the freedom to build personalized websites, with little limitation. Drupal has the capabilities to support a wide range of websites, ranging from complex, interactive sites to your basic point and click sites.
After launching your Drupal site, users can make changes and update their websites regularly, ensuring their website remains relevant and the quality is consistent with industry trends. This feature also allows users to scale their Drupal websites along with their business needs. For small to medium-sized websites that expect to grow in the future, Drupal is an excellent fit for your needs today and will continue to be an excellent fit in the future.
For companies that require different site addresses for different internal and external purposes (for example, public relations, human resources, or internal communication), one single Drupal installation can power multiple websites simultaneously. Just one more reason why Drupal has the flexibility and scalability to suit any business.
What is Drupal's Biggest Challenge?
This software is designed with web professionals in mind, so it requires extensive knowledge about web development and coding to set up. Beginners may find Drupal to have a steep learning curve, and they might not be able to explore all of the capabilities of the application.
Our Drupal Web Development Service
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- Website audits
- Site building
- Web hosting
- Custom UX/UI design
- Website maintenance
- Continual support and upgrades
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