September 24, 2014

Is Drupal the Right CMS for You?

Drupal is one of the hottest CMS’ in the market because of its ease of use in structuring a website to managing content. Some of the big names like NBC, Grammy, Harvard University, and even The White House, employ Drupal for their websites. However, being developers, we realize that every other CMS that has hit the ground running is not made for all types of business. That being said, we have to realize that Drupal is not ‘just’ a CMS. In fact, it’s a framework on which users can build an ecommerce store, a blog, a forum, and even a social network. For an expert developer, Drupal can be the most powerful framework. But when CMS comes into the picture, is Drupal right for you? Let’s find out.



Drupal is pretty fantastic when speaking strictly in terms of CMS. It allows users to structure and filter content with its many modules. Entity, Form, and Field APIs are great to work on when managing content, and there is flexibility in the theme layer as well. For users who want a CMS that can help in creating, managing, and viewing content seamlessly, Drupal is a great choice. If you want a CMS that can help you create a network for content sharing, commenting, and interaction between other users, then just setting up Drupal can do all those jobs. For customer support, third party applications, and more engagement, there are always modules that can provide you with a complete CMS package. If your needs revolve around these factors, then Drupal is the right CMS for you.



Among all the positive reviews and customer satisfaction, there are two underlying issues with Drupal when using it as a CMS. If you have ever used Drupal before, then you realize that performance is a BIG give. While Drupal may tick the boxes for high end and visually appealing layouts, it has never been known as a fast performer in the CMS market. The more you integrate modules and tools with your CMS, the slower it gets. Drupal is not the first name you hear when people talk about responsive CMSs. The second major issue with Drupal is development. While the programming of a CMS is nothing out of the box in Drupal, the development tends to get trickier as you implement custom applications to support your network. It’s a time consuming job to be honest and one that can affect the timeline and budget of your project significantly. In fact, many developers have suggested that Drupal is the last CMS you want to be using if you want to create a CMS with multiple layers of themes, add-ons, and functions that can potentially improve user experience.



Despite its fallbacks, which are only two issues if you think about it, Drupal is definitely one of the best ‘framework’ providers in the world. For CMS, there is still room for improvement in the performance and responsiveness of the solution providers. But at the end of the day, it all comes down to how easily you want to develop a network, and not many provide the ease of use that Drupal does.


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