For those who is familiar with a concept of open source system there’s still a bit of choice to make regarding settlement of working process and tools. CMS aka Content Management System is one of essential terms if you deal with site creation. If you wonder what’s world’s current situation on CMS technologies, there is a little bit of relevant statistic data kindly provided by the source ready to help you jump into conclusions.
So if you successfully decided what kind of CMS corresponds your task in the first place and your choice happened to be Drupal here are 8 (rather obvious) things you need to know about it.
Since the main idea is creation of a unique site, the system offers you wide range of tools, modules and setting options for implementation of your wildest digital dreams sitewise.
The system has amazingly flexible in means of creation and modification to adjust functionality of your product, but it’s only possible with excellent expertise. Drupal remains one demanding CMS in terms of your technological knowledge even though there’s general tendency of simplification with upcoming versions of the program.
You might want to reconsider your framework if your needs are not as special. Sure great spectrum of possibilities is a nice ground for creation, but using a rocket ship engine to build a kite is a little extra. You still can make a nice little blog, but there are (dummy-friendly) less complicated tools out there e.g. Word Press.
As a tool for complex sites the system got great taxonomy and the abilities for content categorization/subcategorization and complex data organization.
There is great number of modules that significantly broaden its basic functionality that facilitates development process for involved developers and those who are in charge of product promotion.
Integrated cache system reduces server load and page generation, which boosts server productivity. Rather efficient integrated search system might not compete with major engines like Google, but is sufficient for development within the system. Drupal also allows to link the system with any protocol.
Drupal CMS provides free plug ins, modules and open source code. This also presupposes in time bug fixing and core updates in addition to documentation.
As any other free service there’s no one to take responsibility for when system fails. This is one of the essential topics of discussion with a client so to make them aware of the fact that there are no service guarantees. By the way, paid CMS service does not mean that there’s someone in charge for decent work as well.
As we see, one may conclude that Drupal CMS is carefully balanced system with flexibility of configuration on one hand and usage complexity on the other hand, but due to great suitability for complex sites the system enjoys its enduring popularity.