What is Drupal?

Drupal CMS

All from NASA, The white house, The economist, Harvard university to Lady Gaga, They have all made strategic business decision to invest and build their websites in Drupal.  Whatever the type of web project you need, from a simple corporate website to a portal with multiple functionalities, Drupal can help you develop it using the most advanced and secure business oriented CMS in the world. Drupal is highly flexible and scalable web content management system that allows it to adapt to the needs of each business. This all sounds very good but again, what is Drupal?

It is important that before you jump into the excited world of Drupal, you make sure to analyze the requirements for your business. With Drupal you will get access to huge catalog of themes and modules for your websites with the necessary functionalities either by using and configure the correct modules or develop your own modules that suites your requirements.

First, Drupal is a free software package that allows you to easily organize, manage and publish your content, with an endless variety of customization. But why Drupal as a CMS for my website? This is one of the many questions I’ve pondered since I started working creating business websites. Why Drupal over WordPress, joomla or any other popular CMS out there? Simply, why Drupal at all? So when a potential client asked me those same questions, and when I was unable to find any well written, qualified articles on the subject, I decided to write my own.

What is Drupal? Drupal is open source

Drupal is open source software maintained and developed by a community of over 1,000,000 users and developers. It’s distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (or “GPL”), which means anyone is free to download it and share it with others. This open development model means that people are constantly working to make sure Drupal is a cutting-edge platform that supports the latest technologies that the Web has to offer. The Drupal project’s principles encourage modularity, standards, collaboration, ease-of-use, and more.

Great community support

The passionate volunteer Drupal community is on hand to give support via various vibrant IRC channels, forums, or even in face to face at Drupal events. The community has also created Documentation for Drupal, which covers major topics related to working with Drupal. The worldwide community drives the innovation that makes Drupal the preferred choice for web developers and site owners. Everybody can get involved and make a difference to Drupal.

Drupal’s History

Dries Buytaert began the Drupal software as a message board in 1999. Within a year or so, more people became interested using and contributing to Drupal, so the project was made open source. Drupal.org came online in 2001, and the Drupal community gained momentum in 2005 with several code sprints and conferences. Read more about the full history of Drupal and Druplicon.
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Drupal Community

Drupal has a thriving and enthusiastic community of thousands of developers, so you will always be able to find people to maintain your website.

The number of websites worldwide running on Drupal is unknown, but estimates range from over one million to 7.19 million. These include such demanding clients as Fortune 500 companies, universities, non-profit organizations, and governments — for instance: The Economist, the Grammys, Harvard, IKEA, the City of Los Angeles, the Louvre, MTV, NBC Olympics, NASA, Sony, Viacom, Warner Brothers, the Weather Channel, GreenpeaceYahooredhat, Fox, Oxfam, London Goverment, Al Jazeera and even Lady Gaga. These and other businesses and organizations run high-traffic Drupal websites, and have made strategic business decisions to invest in it.

Drupal Security

Is there a bigger target than the White House? Whitehouse.gov was built with and is powered by Drupal. Drupal’s dedicated Security team is responsible for identifying reported issues, patching these issues, and notifying the community when there’s something to watch out for. If the United States Government trusts Drupal, it’s safe to say that you can too.

Why Drupal for businesses?

  • The benefits of having a Drupal website
  • It’s easy to customize.
  • Runs on any server including Linux, Windows.
  • More control on structure and content.
  • Easy Configuration
  • Site Internal search and communication
  • Unique source for projects collaborative.
  • Trouble-free to change shelf themes and also for custom ended ones.
  • Clear Web pages that can easily interact with search engines.
  • Entreprises uses Drupal to give website absolute quality in front end as well as back end. As Drupal is famous among the developers for its features of inbuilt modular which helps to customize and upload website with minimum efforts.

Drupal as an E-Commerce

Drupal Commerce is built from the ground up to integrate with Drupal, which makes it hard to beat when comparing it with dedicated ecommerce platforms such as Magento or Prestashop.

Why? Because changes to Google’s algorithms over the past 18 months (Panda, Penguin and Hummingbird) have placed Content Marketing front and centre of your online marketing strategy. This means that any serious ecommerce solution must incorporate a robust content management system if it is to provide a platform for ongoing success.

Drupal and SEO

  • Search engine optimized URLs. Unlike some other CMSs, Drupal gives you complete control over URL structure.
  • Custom content types and views. Without having to write any code, you can use the content construction kit (CCK) and view modules to create new content types and create advanced custom views for those types.
  • Ease of editing and revisions. Even the most professional companies make mistakes.
  • The organizational wizardry of taxonomy. Drupal has a very powerful, built-in taxonomy (categorization) system that allows you to organize and tag content with keyword-rich terms.
  • Multiple user management. Drupal is almost as well-known for its community as it is for being easily optimized.
  • Page titles. The page title is the single most important on-page thing you can do to improve the SEO of your website.
  • Drupal can generate a page title automatically by using the site name and site slogan of the front page and the node title for individual nodes, but for more complex content, you may want to rearrange the automated page title for SEO purposes.
  • Better integration with Google Analytics. Have you ever wondered how much your own clicking around and working on your website skews your analytics data? Not if you have a properly configured Drupal site.
  • Passionate and active community. Drupal has a large community of users and developers who are very active and passionate about the CMS.
  • Free as in beer. Unlike other platforms, Drupal modules (what we call plug-ins, add-ins, or widgets – modular pieces of code that you can easily add to your site) are free.
  • Getting started with Drupal SEO is easy. Just download the Drupal SEO checklist module, drop it into your sites/all/modules folder on your server, and turn it on from the modules admin page.

The revolution of Drupal 8

Drupal 8, is now live, The CMS is causing plenty of excitement in the business community. In the beginning, Drupal made confident claims that it would be a major step forward, and they seem to have been very serious about their claim. Drupal is today the world’s leading digital experience platform for businesses that helps manage and deliver multilingual web content across channels and devices right out of the box. Global enterprises, brands, governments, colleges and universities, NGOs and other organizations use Drupal so they can engage with users. This is without a doubt a CMS for the big boys.

Drupal 8 is responsive (mobile-friendly)

Drupal 8, not surprisingly, is mobile-friendly or responsive out of the box. It’s a good thing too. According to SmartInsights.com, 80% of Internet users now own a smart phone, and the majority of digital media consumption is now done on mobile devices. Mobile-first is the new standard for web design, and Drupal 8 is embracing that trend. For example, Drupal 8’s built-in themes are all responsive, and the administration toolbar is responsive (mobile-friendly).

Drupal 8 Multilingual features

Drupal has its eyes on the global prize, and Drupal 8 is clear evidence of this. It has powerful multilingual features: it has built-in interfaces that can translate anything in the system, it will grab software translation updated automatically from Drupal, it can “build pages with Views language filtering and block visibility.”

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