Please take a moment to answer this question: What do The Economist, New York Government, and Arizona University’s website have in common?
The answer is that they are all built using Drupal’s open source website platform.
Drupal contains a lot of features that makes it ideal for different kinds of websites from resource directories to e-commerce stores. The platform features thousands of design and add-on modules that meet the needs of different users. Drupal CMS allows websites designers to make fully customized templates that can perfectly accommodate user requirements.
With the release of Drupal 8.0 at the end of last year, Drupal has become even more powerful and robust.
Some of the features that are were added with the release of the major update of the CMS platform include things like DrupalCI (continuous integration testing for hosted projects), semantic versioning, issue queue improvements, and enhanced search and discovery capabilities.
The Drupal Association had revealed that a lot of investment was required to accelerate the release of Drupal 8.0. This had greatly exhausted the reserves due to which they even had to downsize to balance income with expenses.
After the release of the Drupal update, the board of directors of the association have made it public that they have decided to make a change in the strategic intent by shifting their focus more on the ‘evaluator’s adoption journey’ to encourage a greater number of people to adopt Drupal website design platform.
The association will reduce its conurbation to add more collaboration tools, and expand its effort to make extend the Drupal ecosystem.
About two months earlier, the fourth DrupalCon conference was held in New Orleans. In the premier event, the Belgian-born founder of Drupal, Dries Buytaert Riesnote, had shared his views that there is an increased need of module training, migration, and solidifying the upgrade path to ensure greater adoption of Drupal website platform.
What this means is that you should expect more support from the Drupal association for migrating to the CMS website platform. Although, Drupal is the most difficult platform to build sites, but it is also the most powerful. Once a person has become skilled in the use of PHP, CSS, and HTML, it is easy to create a highly functional and customer responsive website for the users.
Due to its powerful functionalities, Drupal is a popular platform especially for creating e-commerce sites. Expert website designers can leverage the power of the website design platform in making customer responsive websites that contain the ‘WOW’ features.
To get an idea of some of the highly functional websites that can be built using Drupal, you can click on the website links below.
At the DrupalCon conference, there was also discussed the possibility of adding a media management tool in one of the future updates.
Drupal 8.1 update has been recently released that has fixed some security issues. In addition, another update is expected sometime in August this year that will fix additional issues with the website platform.