10 Reasons to Use Drupal

Posted on Fri, July 25, 2014 in Web Design, Web Development, by Santiago Bendavid

Drupal is a web development framework / platform. With a background focused on generating online communities and user-generated content, Drupal is a versatile platform that allows efficient website development.

The first release was published in January 2001, and since then, the community has kept growing. For that reason, at GRAYBOX, Drupal is one of our favorite content management systems. Here 10 reasons why you should make Drupal one of your favorite CMSs too:

1. DRUPAL IS FREE SOFTWARE

The customer benefits are:

  • No licenses are paid
  • There isn't a dependency on suppliers
  • The software is constantly evolving because all the people working on this system publish their successes, so others can benefit for free

2. DRUPAL HAS A CONSOLIDATED COMMUNITY AND A SOLID PRESENCE ON THE WEB

Drupal has had many years of product exposure and more than a million web site installations worldwide. Big names like MTV, British Council, Sun Microsystems, the White House, Twitter Developers, IKEA, Garmin, and BestBuy Mobile, are among those who use sites are built in Drupal.

3. DRUPAL MAKES EVERYTHING POSSIBLE

To rephrase Drupal’s purpose in a redundant but important way, its focus is content management. Any community or group of users who uses the web to manage a project, to communicate, or to publish information on the Internet will find Drupal meets their goal, whether their site’s focus is retail, media, or other content, on computer or mobile platforms. Drupal also supports social network integration.

4. DRUPAL IS MODULAR AND SCALABLE

Drupal is based on a development environment and small module set-up that makes allows for the operation of the entire site to be changed possible that. Thus, it can be adapted to meet any site or development requirements. It also adapts to add new modules and themes very easily.

5. DRUPAL IS INTUITIVE

Drupal lets you post and manage content, search and view areas with restricted access from anywhere with just a browser and Internet connection. Site content can be managed and created without knowing any HTML.

6. DRUPAL IS MULTI-LANGUAGE

Drupal was designed to meet the requirements of an international audience. It provides a complete framework for building a multilingual website, a blog, a CMS, or an online community. All text can be translated using a graphical interface, importing existing translations, or integrated with other translation tools.

7. DRUPAL HAS A CONTROL SYSTEM WITH ROLES AND PERMISSIONS

Drupal has a powerful permission system that allows users to have different permissions or profiles and perform some action specific to unique permissions. It also allows the management of content in a decentralized manner: There can be more than one administrator with different degrees of access.

8. DRUPAL IS PRIMED FOR SEO and special accessibility

Drupal is prepared to work with UTF-8 encoding, a generation of clean and permanent URLs based on different content criteria (title, date, author, subject, section, etc). The backend is clearly separated from the frontend via the theming layer. This allows web coding in XHTML Strict and facilitates the implementation of AA/AAA levels of accessibility.

9. DRUPAL IS READY FOR MOBILE DEVICES

Its platform enables development versions for mobile devices. Whether making small adjustments to the desktop version, initiating the development with the methodology mobile-first, or developing a completely new version only for mobile devices, Drupal is ready and helps you to do it easily.

10. DRUPAL INTEGRATES SOCIAL NETWORKS

Drupal can integrate Facebook or Twitter users by associating their profile with a website. It automates content to be published to different social networks. For example, content can be automatically published on Twitter or Facebook when a user creates an entry into the site.

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