Drupal is an open-source content management software for different types of industries. It provides a perfect platform for creating customized content and managing them efficiently to enable business growth. Drupal specializes in managing websites for Healthcare , Media & Publishing, Education and Government organization. It brings flexibility in handling your business and also supports creative and editorial workflows. Its content monetization and multi-channel publishing tools help you increase revenue and grow your brand. Drupal is also scalable as its multi-site functionality allows you to centrally manage and control the brand while giving content independence to each department.
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Pros: I've used Drupal for over 5 years now and have seen it evolve throughout version. It is a great content management system, has great flexibility and allot of add-ons modules for almost anything you can think.
Cons: It does have a learning curve and there is allot of settings that can get you confused, but this is expected with such a large type of software of this nature. This is not a weekend project type of CMS, you will have to take a few weeks to learn and customize your site.
Overall: I've used Drupal for people that dont have knowledge in HTML so they can control the content of their site. It makes it simple for people to update their sites with almost anything they want.
Pros: Drupal fully open-source and will run on just about any server operating system. It has a massive worldwide community community that collaborates on security fixes, module creation. What this means is If You Can Dream It Drupal can do it Loggins & themes won't cost you a penny. This is in stark contrast 2 enterprise-level modules that are pay only when working on the WordPress platform. Some of the biggest Enterprises in the world use Drupal including Conde Nast, Sony and even the White House.
Cons: The one drawback to Drupal is the learning curve is extremely high is not for the faint of heart but for those that are willing to put in the time you can build anything stable fast and secure with Drupal.
Overall: We have created multimillion-dollar Enterprise level sites on a platform is Rock Solid reliable fast I'm downright amazing. You can build something as a simple blog can International multi-level site with Drupal.
Drupal is extremely feature rich: there is a huge range of modules for most functionality, making it one of the most flexible CMS tools available for building complex websites.
There is a learning curve to understanding Drupal, both as a dev and as a CMS user. This means it's not the best choice for a simple website, and it requires developers with a good knowledge of Drupal in order to implement it effectively.
Make sure you understand the commitment to getting the most from Drupal - an agency or internal dev team with a good knowledge of the versions (6 and 7 are very different beasts).
I've used Drupal 6 on a number of large websites and intranets within the sporting events and academic sectors, which required the ability to publish lots of information on a regular basis, and to create a rich user experience. It has proven an extremely robust and useful tool.
Pros: It's a decently powerful, flexible CMS, and free to use.
Cons: Compared to Joomla, update paths are awkward and intimidating and customisation is a huge hassle.
Overall: After developing several sites on Joomla, I was required by a client to support and customise one built on Drupal, and it's been a markedly inferior experience. It's much harder to expand and customise, where Joomla was effortless, and notably upgrading the core of the site is genuinely scary, basically amounting to "Back it up then delete and replace all the core files" - how is there not a push button upgrade path in this day and age?
Pros: Drupal is a very flexible framework for building a website. You can do anything with it. But you have to have a solid knowledge of the software and programming in general in order to do it.
Cons: Some plugins are better than others. Anyone can submit a plugin, so the quality can vary. You have to rely on reviews. There is no official quality control
Pros: Based on CMS Drupal, we develop small informational blogs. The platform provides a large selection of properties when building rubricators, it has the ability to control user access rights.
Cons: There is no built-in tool for importing and exporting data, and a small number of plug-ins to extend the basic functionality of the platform forces our programmers to write some modules on their own. Low level of security sites created on the basis of this CMS.
Pros: Full secure and stable CMS for websites.
Cons: Limited documentation and poor UX experience.
Pros: I liked how easy it was to use and the large variety of free templates there are on offer to the public.
Cons: The admin UI is not as good as some other website admin user interfaces.
Pros: - Many out of the box modules like user management which doesn't require custom development
- Easy customization option for create of new modules
- Inexpensive and easy to maintain compared to other CMS
- Extensive support by the community and hence very powerful
Cons: - Complex modules/plugins (example coupon management) are not available out of the box
- Themes are limited, wish it could offer ready made site templates for the base to start with
Pros: For the most updated version that I used, the data/text entry was very easy.
Cons: Some versions of the Drupal software I used required HTML coding within the text boxes, which I was not well-versed on. Considering how another version I used didn't require this, it was very frustrating and felt unnecessary to do so much extra work for the same results.
Overall: I used Drupal at an electronic publication and found one version to be easier to use than the other two. The best version was seamless as far as entering text and data, while the other two versions (for lesser-known publications) required HTML coding within the text boxes. It felt very outdated to use. I'm not sure how much the company spent on the lesser version of Drupal, but it was a lot more time-consuming and, overall, resulted in a lot of lost productivity for me.
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