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Welcome to Drupal

By Ian Poss, Drupal Developer

As a developer I’d like to take a moment to discuss Drupal as well as to share some insight as to what makes Drupal such a popular content management system and publishing platform worldwide.

What exactly is a content management system?

It’s simple. A good content management system (or CMS for short) allows non-technical users to add and edit content without needing to muck about within code or have any knowledge of web design. Basically the Drupal platform empowers users to easily publish, manage and share a wide variety of content on the internet.

More specifically, a CMS securely stores your content in a database, and keeps the design of the site separate from the content. Drupal facilitates the management of content with an easy-to-use web interface. It handles countless content types including video, text, blogs, podcasts, and polls with robust user management and menu handling. This means that the system can support many types of features with ease, from shopping carts to user profiles, calendars, galleries and beyond.

Additionally, Drupal has a focus on ensuring your content is extremely search engine friendly, guaranteeing your site is not only a pleasure to navigate but also easier to find.

Is Drupal right for my site?

It’s quite likely. Drupal can support a variety of websites ranging from personal blogs, corporate brochures and large community-driven websites.

Is this technology expensive?

If your site is part of the broad spectrum of sites that are suitable to use Drupal, you’ll be pleased to know that Drupal is also cost effective because it allows us to develop complex sites in a fraction of the time it would take using other technologies. This is because Drupal is an open source technology, and doesn’t require us to build your site from scratch.

Open source?

Yep, this is something worth briefly explaining. Open source software like Drupal is maintained and developed by a community of thousands of users and developers. People are constantly working to make sure Drupal is a cutting-edge platform that supports the latest technologies that the Web has to offer. High-quality, elegant, documented code is a priority over roughed-in functionality.

Open source software is also highly secure. A platform like Drupal has endured rigorous testing and deep scrutiny before it is allowed to become part of your website.

So the Drupal platform itself is maintained by a community?

Correct. The fact that Drupal is backed by an energized fast-growing developer community allows us to focus our efforts on building your great website, not re-creating well established features. Drupal already supports nearly every feature you can imagine; even if we can't find a module that suits your needs, we can build new modules relatively quickly.

At its core Drupal can do things like support translation for your website to be accessible in one or more languages, create a syndicated RSS feed allowing your readers to view your latest content from the comfort of their desktop, use an extensive system of categories or tags for flexible organization of your content, and more.

What else?

I could go on and on but I think I’ve covered the important parts. To put it as simply as I can you get a secure, feature rich, highly customizable website.

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