Since its inception some 11 years ago, Drupal Content Management System has become the preferred choice of developers involved in website development. From a personal experimentation platform, Drupal has expanded into full-blown open source software which is used by millions of developers across the globe.
The fact that it is free to use and can be downloaded by anyone makes it all the more enticing. But these are not the only factors that make Drupal Content Management System a hit for web development. Drupal with its versatility and flexibility enables advanced level of configuration for website development. Drupal website development works very well for majorly all big and medium sites that involve heavy data and content management such as community websites, social networking websites and websites related to sports, entertainment, government, etc. The website that really brought Drupal CMS into focus was whitehouse.gov. Drupal made the heavy content management on the website look like a cakewalk. Other sites such as intent.com, The SignUp Guy have also being created in Drupal. Both these websites have extremely different requirements, yet Drupal made their creation smooth and easy.
Website development becomes easier in Drupal since it gives the freedom for scaling and future growth. Its modular architecture gives way for scope adjustments and allows scaling, performance with minimum effort on coder’s part. Some of the other features that really take Drupal Content Management System to greater heights are:
Open Source- One of the biggest advantages with Drupal is its non-restrictiveness. It is available under the General Public License which provides unbridled freedom of using the software. It gives you the opportunity to play around with the software. It can be modified, changed as well as shared with others for free. In fact, you can commercially sell your modified version of the software as well. It provides a thorough customization environment as the content and presentation can be personalized and adapted as per individual requirement.
Content Development- Drupal web development allows the creation of collective content. Almost as a book, sections, sub sections, chapters, etc can be created giving the user the ability to create content, edit and add pages. Links to next and previous pages can be provided and menu can be setup. To cruise the pages easily a navigation block can also be generated and pages can be browsed as per the need.
Modules for core functionality- Modules are plug-in devices that facilitate the development of the core functionality of your website. The core functions of the website can be built, improved and scaled as well via the modules. These modules are provided by the development community. Modules have a large range and cover a huge variety that includes advertising, commerce, e-commerce, file management and many more.
Facilitates Admin- Drupal provides more power to the admin. New user accounts and user permission are supported by Drupal. Admin can assign varied roles depending on the websites’ functioning requirement.
Versatile- Drupal’s versatility is a boon for web development. Due to the availability of the Drupal community, the software is constantly upgraded. Solutions for both dynamic websites and CMS can be developed in Drupal. Moreover it is cross platform compatible and can work on any operating system. Also a number of themes and templates are available which facilitate the creation of look and feel of the website.