Drupal - Details

With Drupal, your organization can register and maintain individual user accounts, RSS-feeds, customizable layouts, flexible account privileges, logging, blogs, forums, administration menus, and “out of the box” options to create a classic "brochureware" website or an interactive community website. Drupal has a large community of users and developers. More than 350,000 user accounts have been created on Drupal.org, and over 2000 people have signed up for developer accounts. This vibrant community means that support is easily available and that new features are constantly being developed. The architecture of Drupal allows new features and custom behavior to be added by third parties. Although Drupal offers a sophisticated programming interface for developers, no programming skills are required for basic website installation and administration. Drupal can run on any computing platform that supports PHP (version 4.3.5+), Apache or IIS, and a database, such as MySQL or PostgreSQL, to store content and settings.

Pros and Cons of using Drupal

Since Drupal is open source software, your organization can get a lot of bang for the buck (for zero bucks, that is). With Drupal you get all of the basic features that are common to other OSS and COTS Content Management Systems. Many organizations will only require a small subset of all of the features that any Content Management System offers. Thus, for these organizations, Drupal makes a lot of sense.

And, for organizations with complex site requirements or workflows, Drupal is also very cost effective. With thousands of community-contributed modules extending the core features of Drupal, chances are that it already supports whatever feature you can imagine. Using this vast library of enhancements allows WebFirst to develop customized complex sites in a fraction of the time it would take using other technologies, even when we have to customize an existing module for a client’s specific requirements..

One of the challenges of using Drupal is in the area of usability for the administrator. Some aspects of Drupal's administration interface and terminology can be confusing for new system administrators. Fortunately, WebFirst’s experienced Drupal administrators can guide you through your transition to a new CMS. We also have experience customizing the Drupal workflow and administrative interface to meet an organization’s specific needs and taxonomy. In essence, we know how to hide the complexity and focus the power of Drupal on your specific requirements. Moreover, the Drupal developers are working to resolve the usability issue with the future release of version 7.0.

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Drupal Association

The Drupal Association is an organization dedicated to helping the open-source Drupal CMS project flourish.