What Is Drupal? Why Should I Use Drupal?
When it comes to designing a website, there are many options available. You can choose to hire a custom web designer or design it yourself. If you choose to design it yourself, there are also many options but the easiest options you have is to use a website builder or a content management system (CMS). There are many content management system available including WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and many others. This brings the question what is Drupal?
What is Drupal?
Drupal is an open source and free content management framework written in PHP. Unlike WordPress and Joomla which are full content management system (CMS), Drupal isn’t really a CMS, it’s a framework. A framework that can be used to build a CMS. It can be used to deploy blogs, eCommerce sites, document libraries or social networks. The Drupal framework supports 2.3% of all websites worldwide. Drupal is not as user friendly as its counterparts; WordPress and Joomla because it requires a bit of technical knowledge to build complex applications. Drupal is not efficient in building applications that are prototypes or rapidly changing.
Drupal is supported by a large community of over 1.3 million members with 109,000 actively contributing to its development. It boasts of about 39,000 free modules, 2,500 free themes and 1,180 free distribution that allow users to easily deploy a complex use-specific Drupal solution. While Drupal might be used to build a blog or business website, it’s capabilities extend far beyond that. As with all complex application, it has a steep learning curve and can be overwhelming to new users. Worthy of mention is that many of the 30,000 free modules available on Drupal, many of them are incomplete, abandoned projects or do not work as they are outdated. Others are unusable due to bugs.
Reason To build Your Website/Web Application with Drupal
- Secure: Drupal is being updated regularly with new security patches to keep its security up to date and it’s large community of users report security threats and bugs. This keeps your website secure. All reports of bugs and security threats are public.
- Large community of developers: Drupal’s tagline is “Come for the Software, stay for the community”. Drupal has about 39,000 developers, 1.2 million accounts and more than 2,400 events annually. The community drives innovation and provides support to users.
- Fully customizable: Drupal allows customization of user roles and permissions. Its customization capabilities allow users to design an application to meet the user’s needs.
- Multilingual: Drupal is multilingual allowing your content to be translated into many languages.
- Search Engine Optimization: It is search engine optimized with tools like Keyword management, Content optimization and reports, Content tagging, Page titles, Redirect management, XML sitemap and Google Analytics
Who uses Drupal
Websites that use Drupal include:
- Britney Spears
- Popular Science
- Harvard Science and Engineering
- Stanford Humanities Center
- Eric Clapton
- Yahoo Research
- Chris Rock
- Amnesty International
- Avril Lavigne
- Greenpeace UK
- The White House
- The World Economic Forum
- The Louvre
- The Grammys
- Tesla Motors
- Fast Company
- The Onion
- Jennifer Lopez and many more