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Why use Drupal as a development platform?

Drupal is an Open Source Content Management System (CMS), designed for power and flexibility. Boasting one of the biggest professional developer communities, Drupal is quickly becoming one of the leading PHP content management systems in the world. This article explores several key points of Drupal, and the reason why I use it as a base for web solutions.

What is the power of Drupal?

Drupal excels as a CMS and also as a development platform. It has a strong core capable of large flexibility. This means that the system can support many types of features with ease, from shopping carts to user profiles, calendars, galleries and beyond. Drupal can handle just about anything you can imagine. As developers, we embrace this flexibility because it allows us to turn any website dream into reality.

Drupal is also robust and safe. With over 1000 developers working on the latest version of the core, a platform like Drupal has endured rigorous testing and deep scrutiny before it is allowed to become part of your website.

Drupal is also very cost effective because it allows us to develop complex sites in a fraction of the time it would take using other technologies. With thousands of community-contributed modules extending the flexibility of Drupal, chances are that Drupal already supports whatever feature you can imagine; and even if we can't find a module that suits your needs, we can build new modules relatively quickly.

Also, and perhaps just as important as everything else, Drupal can be setup to be extremely user and search-engine friendly, making your site a pleasure to navigate and a hotspot for the search engines.

And of course, Drupal gives you direct access to manage your site. We can set you up with various levels of permissions and access to different areas for registered members, contributors and content editors. You can update the site yourself and/or delegate content management tasks to other members of your team. Content Management with Drupal can be as easy as typing a letter on Microsoft Word, and you have instant access to each and any area of your site.

What can Drupal be used for?

  • Community web portals
  • Discussion sites
  • Corporate web sites
  • Intranet applications
  • Corporate Web Sites
  • Personal web sites or blogs
  • Aficionado sites
  • E-commerce applications
  • Resource directories
  • Social Networking sites
  • Blogs

Who uses Drupal?