Drupal CMS: Open Source and Open for Business

Pick any 21st Century business, and you will find many familiar, tried-and-true features that were common to titans of industry 50 years ago.  The tools of tomorrow are available today, and this is why your competitive advantage might increase when you are formally introduced to Drupal CMS.

Drupal CMS — Is This Code for Something?

Yes, indeed. Drupal Content Management System (CMS) is code for a great deal of somethings. Since its inception in 2001, Drupal has increased its share of the CMS pie, and runs second only to WordPress (and ahead of Joomla) in popularity. If you are not familiar with CMS and its benefits to your business, you probably fall into one of two categories: you have yet to fully immerse yourself in the world of crafting a digital presence or there are well-trained people who handle your online needs on your behalf.

Either way, you are doing yourself, and your company, a disservice if you do not take the time to familiarize yourself with the latest innovations in e-commerce. That’s right, Drupal CMS has an undeniable seat alongside the biggest players in the game, but why not take a few minutes to know more about the game being played?

The Basics of Drupal CMS in One Handy Top 3 List

Since Atigro’s inception, we have sought to build a team with a knowledge base firmly established within the most important, and burgeoning, aspects of our industry. In turn, you graciously seek our expertise so you can continue to focus upon what makes your business great. So give us a chance to help you, at the very least, sound the part of the go-to-CMS authority at the next company party.

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Drupal CMS is One of Many, but Second to Only One

Our subscribers are a mix of early adopters, the fashionably late and all points in between. With this in mind, allow us a brief moment to describe content management systems.

Drupal CMS is part of a growing lineup of services that come in the form of computer applications. These varied and wide-ranging creation tools allow users to develop and edit digital content. One of the key components to these systems is a common user interface that allows numerous people to be part of the process. Collaboration is the key to any high-performance business and CMS.

Since the late 1990s, the market has been flooded by a multitude of content management systems, and each has its own unique abilities and drawbacks. CMS features may include web-based publishing, format management, indexing and search. These are merely the tip of the digital iceberg, and only represent a fraction of the capabilities of such systems.

Drupal CMS, along with its top-rated competitors, add the additional functionality of web content management systems (WCMS). This subcategory allows users to design, support and manage web page content. Text, graphics, video, audio and social media integration are only a click away thanks to CMS.

WordPress, Drupal and Joomla have risen to prominence in recent years within the world of WCMS. If you are in web development, or work with talented people within that field, these three systems are known and respected quantities.

 

Open Your Eyes to Open Source, Drupal CMS Style

Open Source Software (OSS) is software that can be studied, modified and shared upon receipt of a source code license from the copyright owner. As we saw earlier, collaboration is the key to CMS, and it is no different for OSS.

(On the opposite end of the scale, closed source is held by the proprietor only, and there is absolutely no ability to manipulate the source code from outside of the organization that developed the software. There is zero opportunity for independent users to offer their perspective and opinions on how to evolve the code.)

Drupal CMS is open source, and this has allowed the software to grow and gain market share at an impressive rate. It went from the dorm room of its creator, Dries Buytaert, to its ubiquitous status in the CMS world in 15 short years. Considering a visit to the White House? Want to know more about your favorite Warner Brothers Records musicians? Drupal is neither an “also-ran” or “up-and-comer” — it is firmly established and gaining influence.

There is a mixed bag of opinions in regards to OSS. In the positive column, it is free; developed by the people; collaborative and gives businesses the assurance that problems will be solved by a community of users.

Critics of OSS point to the “supposed” positives, and highlight negative aspects of each. Yes, the software is free, which ensures the quality and tools within are lacking and only adequate at best. In addition, closed source maintains coding that cannot be influenced by the outside world — hacking and other illegality not withstanding — and is safer for end users. Finally, opponents make it clear: why allow a community of unknowns to fix problems and improve a formula, when closed source employs the best of the best?

Atigro has seen great success within closed and open environments, and we know the positives presented by Drupal CMS and similar systems. When used by knowledgeable professionals, they are safe, offer creative freedom and provide entry points to novices and experts alike.

 

Is Drupal CMS Right for My Business?

Drupal CMS is not the choice for everyone. Many businesses are best served by seeking out a team of experts to grow their digital presence through proprietary or company-preferred software.

There is often a false sense of comfort when it comes to Drupal, Joomla and WordPress. First-timers select a WCMS and quickly learn that open source is not the same as easy. If you are considering one of the “big three,” here is a quick guide to which one is right for you.

Drupal CMS

Why it’s great: Perfect for those with a programming background, and if you need a robust CMS, this is the one.

Best Features: Drupal is simply the most powerful among the three. Its CMS is superior in base technology, customizable without increasing demands on servers and the core CMS is far and away the best, but …

Improvement Areas: Users need, at minimum, a basic knowledge of HTML, PHP and other programming languages; tech support is a must for larger sites, but Drupal experts are not as common as those trained in WordPress.

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What do you think? Does Drupal CMS sound like a fit for your business? Do you want more information on how Atigro can put its content management systems experts to work for you?

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