Drupal is a free and open-source CMS that is extremely popular among a wide variety of sites from the White House to The Onion. Check out some of the benefits of using Drupal as your CMS listed below.
Open source community
The collaboration and friendly atmosphere of Drupal is difficult to beat. With source code that continues to improve through communal efforts, the desire to build great things with others is evident. This community feel doesn’t stop with the open source, however. The Drupal forums are also very large and active with plenty of knowledgeable users who are ready to help.
Search engine friendly
Drupal is typically extremely search engine friendly, offering more SEO features in its basic components than a CMS like WordPress. HTML/CSS is also easily manipulated to includes loads of important metadata. Additionally, with a more focused code and URL rewriting capabilities, chances are you will love the results when you type your stuff into Google.
The interface of Drupal is extremely user-friendly and streamlined, making it a breeze to manage. This is coupled with a huge range of possibilities to customize roles for those affiliated with working on the site. You can also very easily change the settings of these roles with great ease.
Want to become an expert at Drupal? You’re in luck! The amount of resources for the Drupal user is nothing short of staggering. If you can’t get a question answered on Drupal’s website (a big if), a quick Google search will generate loads of materials you can use to hone your skills.
Sorting and tagging content is a highly structured process that gives you huge amounts of control over your content. Features such as hierarchical categories allow the user to arrange these categories with one or several parent categories. This highly structured system also makes rearranging of categories an easy process.
Drupal is an absolute powerhouse when it comes to high-level functioning. If you want your site to be exceedingly fast and able to handle loads of traffic, you’ve come to the right place. Even if your site is very large, loading times and traffic control are pieces of cake.
Pre-made designs and ones that are customizable are separate from the actual content of Drupal pages. This makes making small or sweeping modifications a cinch. This can be especially useful when performing A/B and Multivariate testing, given the speed with which you can switch in between different versions of a similar design.
How does Drupal match up against other CMSs like WordPress and Joomla? Check out this infographic from an earlier H9 post.
What have been your experiences (negative or positive) with Drupal? Let us know in the comment section!