So What is Drupal?
The term “Open source” means a source code that is made available for anyone to use. They are eligible for use and modification by users, developers subject to some terms and conditions.
What makes an open source technology popular and favorable is:
- It’s free to use.
- A community consisting of users, developers, & admins that usually help each other out.
- A usually more stable software because of everyday testing by the community.
- Should a trouble arise, a related request can be instantly submitted and resolved.
- Many open sources like Drupal are under the GNU Public License. That means the
- software is utterly free to download, use, and modify: There are no requirement for purchase, license, or maintenance fees.
Content Management System
Simply put, the CMS allows content authors to manage website contents easily without any need for technical knowledge. Specifically, it helps:
- Provide simple Web-based tools so that users can publish content directly to the website. E.g. Drupal provides a WYSIWYG editing tool that is similar to Word processing software of Microsoft.
- Control content author. As a web manager, you will able to control what is created, how the content is edited, formatted and reviewed. You can make some rules about the contents - to name a few: limit the character number in a content field; enable content items to follow a workflow process; require content fields such as page title, page path.
- Smoothen and boost the process. As your website grows into more than a few pages, and a number of formats, users,… content will become complex. To quicken this process, the CMS will make it easy to manage them all, and render them in quick and mass configuration.
What can Drupal do? And why is it different from other CMS?
Drupal is the top three most used CMS and here’s why:
- Reliability. Drupal is one of the top three most popular content management systems in the world. It has a longstanding history. Though Drupal is a work in progress, it has been stable along the way. We have Drupal 7 now while Drupal 8 is going to be released. But you can be assured that you will be supported for Drupal previous version at least 5 years. Meanwhile, the resources will stay there for goods.
- Available resources. Nearly anything you want to do with the system has been priorly created and done absolutely well by other people. Other great news is nearly all of the most useful modules (Drupal add-ons) are contributed to the Drupal community. This is invaluable because in many CMS, you have to pay for important features. As a user, you have benefit greatly from someone’s efforts, and experience.
- A huge dedicated community. The Drupal community is large, dynamic and has functioned well since 2001. As a newbie, or a senior developer, Drupal.org is a must have resources where you dig in for learning material, upcoming news, or ask for support from contributors, and specialists.
- Security. Drupal has been meticulously tested up to strict security rules by Drupal experts and contributors. Its built-in security is strong. Drupal will lock down whatever directory installed, rendering important data, configuration files unable to be accessed directly. No wonder that many big sites with extreme security are using Drupal, namely - tesla.com, nasa.gov, www.harvard.edu, whitehouse.gov, weforum.org,...
What are the uses of Drupal?
Due to its flexibility and extensibility, Drupal is not limited to any kind. Here is a wide range of things that Drupal can build:
- Personal or corporate Web sites
- Community portal sites
- Intranet/Corporate sites
- Blogs, art, portfolio, music, multimedia sites
- International sites (websites with multi languages)
- E-commerce sites
- Resource directories
There is no wonder Drupal is one of the most widely used CMS as of now and will be for many more years to come. A powerful CMS that is only getting better as their open source community grows larger. And for these reasons Orangesoft uses Drupal as well. Contact us anytime for a professional help with your customized website.