What is Drupal?
Drupal is one of the most used CMS in the world, with over 7.2 million websites. With large international organizations using it, such as The Economist, JYSK, University of Oxford and Pinterest.
Technical knowledge needed
Drupal is very functional at its basic level, whereas, on the other hand, it is not exactly the most user-friendly CMS, especially compared to WordPress. For example, it has different themes, but many of them are custom-coded themes. It means that you are usually going to need a developer just to get professional looking results.
Ability to customize
It is by definition a highly customizable CMS, which includes over 16,000 modules and plugins. It means that the platform allows you to modify, adjust and implement an endless variety of additional custom features into your website such as CRM, security, social media and SEO.
The CMS scales to accommodate the most content-rich sites and experiences by integrating the Drupal’s core with many different Drupal modules. This enhances the power of your Drupal website. As it is an open source CMS, if you need a module that does not exist or which is not as you wish, you can create or edit an existing one, or leave this to professionals.
A huge community complements thousands of free plug-ins. It means that there are even more opportunities for you to deliver an amazing digital experience to your customers. In addition, the website Drupal.org is an essential support source that allows you to learn the material, be updated with upcoming news, or ask for support from contributors, and specialists.
Drupal is a strong CMS, able to handle alternating periods of constant traffic and high traffic spikes. This is one of the main reasons why it was chosen for weather.com and whitehouse.gov back in the days.
Security is Drupal’s most powerful and popular feature. Its reliability convinced big players such as NASA.gov. Beyond its enterprise-level security, Drupal also publishes detailed security reports and is generally more transparent about its security than WordPress.
It uses technologies such as PHP and MySQL. The diagram bellow asserts that 79% of all websites whose server-side programming language we know use PHP. It means that there are plenty of programmers that can work with Drupal and it may be cheaper, compared to Java programmers, for instance.
Drupal is a free and open-source CMS, however, at an enterprise level, this CMS can get quite expensive. The Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of Drupal is medium-high typically with $15,000 to $100,000, depending on the scale of the project. for example, if a site requires a large number of custom development, various content types, and complicated workflows, the total cost of ownership can be higher than expected.
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