Why Drupal?

marcia
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August 4, 2015
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We Love Drupal And You Should Too

We build awesome Drupal websites. Drupal is an open source Content Management System platform powering millions of websites and applications.  It is built, used and supported by an active and diverse community of developers, around the world.

 

While not everyone chooses Drupal, we believe it is the best option for most business websites — not only from a development approach, but also from an ROI approach. Based on a study by Drupal.org, in the long run, many businesses will see a stronger ROI from Drupal than from the various proprietary options, or even other open source options.

 

Drupal Selling Points:

 

#1 - Higher ROI than any CMS.

#2 - Unparalleled Security

#3 - Excellent long-term Customer Support

#4 - A more engaging, dynamic site that Customers and donors will return to, more often

#5 - Open source based with a large contributing community

 

Open Source

Open Source means that the code used to run Drupal can be copied, modified, and shared with others. Anyone with the skill can download and use the Drupal code, make whatever changes they want, and send those changes out to anyone else, or even contribute the changes back to Drupal for others to use and share.

The advantages of the open source model of software development are numerous:

  • No licensing fees.
  • No proprietary “black box.” (Everything in the Drupal framework is transparent to a programmer with the knowledge to look at the source code.)
  • A community of developers. (More on this below.)

Drupal Community

While the above advantages will be mostly true of any open source project, some of the unique stats about Drupal are:

A huge developer community:

  • Nearly 1000 developers contributed code to Drupal 7.
  • Over 8000 modules are listed on Drupal.org.
  • Over 10 years of development which means continuous improvements.
  • 600,000+ users on Drupal.org
  • Nearly 400,000 websites run on Drupal including www.WhiteHouse.gov  www.Weather.com and www.SBA.gov  .

Why should the size of the community matter to a client who is considering Drupal for their next web project? The main reason is because someone with a Drupal website has leveraged the work of thousands of developers in the production of their site. There aren’t too many companies in the world who could bring together that many minds to work on one project.

Drupal Features

The Drupal CMS (Content Management System) has the following features:

Clean, Extensible, & Modular Code

  • Many high quality modules that extend the functionality of the core code
  • Custom modules can be written to perform any desired function
  • Theming layer separate from content and functionality for easy visual refresh

High Performance

  • Built-in caching
  • Scalable to multiple servers (database, caching, and web services)
  • InnoDB default

Easy integration with 3rd party applications using

  • XMLRPC
  • SOAP
  • REST
  • JSON
  • And many more

Search Engine Friendly

  • Standards-compliant HTML/CSS
  • Meta tags
  • Page Titles
  • Customizable, friendly urls
  • Google Analytics integration
  • RDF support

Unparalleled Security

  • 43 official members of the dedicated security team
  • Modules with unresolved security issues are unpublished
  • Password security is compatible with the requirements for US government agencies

Management of Content by End User

  • Well documented
  • Specific focus on usability
  • Word processor-style content editing
  • Image handling
  • File handling

Commercial Support

  • Many companies who build and support Drupal sites
  • Many qualified developers for hire who can customize Drupal code
  • Training and educational support available
  • Industry- and feature-specialized commercial firms

Drupal Websites

Some sites that you may recognize that were built using the Drupal CMS:

The White House

The Economist

Symantec Connect

Fast Company

New York Observer

The Pulitzer Prizes

Warner Brothers Records

Popular Science

Amherst College

MTV UK

and of course www.CodeKoalas.com

all those on Code Koalas Portfolio page

plus thousands more.

Also, Drupal.org has some great case studies.

Business Case for Drupal

All of these features are nice, but why would your business benefit from a Drupal website as opposed to any other type of site? It really boils down to these three things.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. Your website benefits from the work of many great minds who laid out the foundation, built great modules, and left easy ways for everything to be customized for your needs. Hiring a team of developers of this caliber of can be difficult and expensive.

No Lock-In. Your website and data will not be stuck inside a proprietary system that only a few select companies or individuals know. And while Drupal-specific developers are currently in high demand, there is a much bigger pool of PHP developers who can get up to speed on Drupal relatively quickly and assist you with your ongoing support. While we look to delight our Customers for the long-term, if you should decide to have someone else host and maintain your website, you are not locked in, any longer than the 1st year maintenance and hosting agreement.

Extensibility. A programming methodology may not seem like a business case argument, but actually Drupal’s extensibility means that it is usually not necessary to rebuild a website when new features need to be added. The modularity and extensibility also facilitates the option of phases during development in order to break down cost into manageable portions.

*Much of the info on this blog is taken from the Drupal.org site.

Please call us to discuss the possibilities for you!  Our long-term Customer care is one of our greatest selling points.