Three reasons to pick Drupal as your CMS

By ajay | 05th January 2015 | 3 min read

Being an open source content management platform, Drupal powers millions of websites and applications, from whitehouse.gov to the economist.com. It is built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world. Though there are hundreds of content management systems, Drupal scores high when compared to all the others.

Here are the three reasons why you should build your website using Drupal.

  1. Flexibility

    If you can come up with an idea for a web design, Drupal can turn it into a reality. Drupal is designed to be massively customizable. This feature is often explained in relation to lego blocks. Drupal gives you the lego blocks you need, and you are free to construct the structure you desire.

    For e.g. let us compare the end website to a car. While some content management systems could give you a bumpy ride during website development, there are certain others that make the ride smooth and luxurious, like a ride in a BMW or Merc. When it comes to Drupal, you get to build the car that James Bond drives around - a smooth ride as well as an array of state-of-the-art weapons and gadgets.

    A simple module called Content Construction Kit (CCK) can be utilized to create new types of content. Using this unique approach, Drupal allows users to create pages, articles, blogs etc. Additional content, such as Contact Us and Testimonials, can be added by separating those into different content types. This allows users to exert complete control over the fields that are or not included in the forms in order to generate those types of content.

  2. Security

    Drupal sites are extremely secure. There are many security features built into the system. For instance, Drupal will completely lock down whatever directory it is installed in so that configuration files can never be accessed directly. If you attempt to call up a file by typing it directly into the address bar, you will come to a custom Access Denied or Page Not Found error page within your site.

    The following aspects of security have been given importance in Drupal: Core code, Third-party extensions, Custom per-site coding, Admin configuration, and other settings such as access permission settings.

  3. Expandability

    Drupal is designed to be future proof. Every couple of years, a major upgrade is released. There is no need to worry about the new version of Drupal, coming out of the blue and crashing your site. It takes years to ease into major upgrades.

    Apart from that, extendability refers to the ability to take a platform beyond the core competency with the inclusion of contributed modules. Most of the major CMS options include modules, plugins or extensions, and Drupal is no different. Since Drupal is open source, if you are unable to find a module that meets your need, you are free to modify an existing one or create a new one.

  4. These three features are very important when it comes to content management systems and Drupal scores very well in all three of them.