Enter Drupal

In 2007, I was introduced to Drupal 5 by a friend, Jeffrey Dalton (http://jeffreydalton.info), who was very encouraging that I take the time to see why Drupal was a solid solution for web development.

I made the decision, after some personal dabbling, to try building a web app project in Drupal, instead of custom code. At the end of that project I was so impressed with the flexibility Drupal gave me as a developer, while saving me hours of coding, that I was ready to hitch my wagons.

I began moving clients over from their custom websites into Drupal and now almost exclusively begin new projects using the latest Drupal release.

I believe and have proved time and time again, the Drupal is not only the best choice for a CMS, but is also a robust and viable application framework.

Why Drupal: Here are some advantages to Drupal

  • You can make changes to your website without special software. While it is still true there is a learning curve to maintaining your website, it is not nearly as steep as in the past in earlier technologies, nor do you need to necessarily buy any special software. With Drupal, the tools are build in to the website itself. This means that you shouldn't need to rely on your web designer if you need to change a word here or there anymore.
  • You don't have to buy the Drupal software because it's open source. You will still have to pay someone to install Drupal on a webserver and design your theme, but the core software is free to the public.
  • The security of your website is monitored and patches are made available on regular intervals. The entire Drupal community is constantly working to make sure the software is secure and reliable. So you really are getting free R&D as well. Installing these patches requires a web designer, or someone with sufficient knowledge in web technologies.
  • Your website is standard code. That means it's also portable to anyone trained in Drupal. In the past website design patterns were vast and varied. With Drupal, your web designer uses "legos" to put together all the basic parts of your website. And the internal guts will generally look the same whoever put it together. There are Drupal users groups in every major city so the talent pool you may draw from for help is literally worldwide.
  • Multilingual support is ready "out-of-the-box", and with minor configuration you can have the ability to translate your website into many languages. Please note that Drupal doesn't do the translation, but has the ability to deliver the translations that you must provide it.
  • There is a large body of functional module code, which is also open source and thus free. If you want your website to "do" something, chances are there's a module out there that can help. Here are two links that will help you begin locating modules http://drupal.org/project/Modules and http://drupal.org/project/usage. You can call in a Drupal developer to modify a module or help implement it in your own website.

To learn more about Drupal, visit: www.drupal.org

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