Is Drupal Best For My Business?


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leading open-source CMS for ambitious digital experiences that reach your audience across multiple channels.

If you've been researching which CMS to use for your startups page, you've probably come across Drupal. You've seen sites that use the platform and were impressed by the versatility. Then you installed it...

First built in 2003, Drupal has been one of the oldest, in use (correct me if I'm wrong of course), modern content management systems. Up to version 8.6.x as it's stable release, it's been getting updates and new features constantly. And while Wordpress is dominating the general CMS market, Drupal has the distinction of being used by far more high traffic, large communities. If there was ever a CMS that fit the needs of medium and large companies, then Drupal has the keys to that kingdom firmly in a death grip.

On its own website, the company gives a list of common solutions its system has/frequently provides. From ecommerce to government and higher education sites, Drupal has been at the forefront.

But what does that mean for your company? Especially if you're a small startup just needing to get something up quickly.

Scaling

Hopefully, one of the first questions you asked before you jumped into the CMS pond was, "How quickly am I expecting my site to grow, and how scalable is the system I choose?" If you have asked and answered this, then great, you're ahead of the curve by a large margin. While a custom built web app is great, it's costly; both in the time spent building it from the ground up as well as the money missed out on while waiting for your team to finish that custom web app. This is where Drupal (or Magento, depending on your companies industry) comes in.

Out of the box, Drupal will be extraordinarily scalable. Having many of the features needed to quickly get online, and grow with your business — this CMS has scalability on lock.

Themes / Styling

Each CMS out today has some form of theming capabilities. The robusts of the themes available for free or pay are largely dependent on how active the theming userbase is. While a large user base (ahem, Wordpress) is a great boon to the third party options for a CMS, it could also be considered a hinderance to some. Too many options can be overwhelming.

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Multi-site

While most modern CMS' have multisite capability, Drupal has been doing this for awhile and with much success, with some of the largest sites on the internet utilizing this feature for themselves.

While Wordpress and others have this same capability, usually under a similar or same name, Drupal has the distinction (in my opinion) of being the one with the easiest and most robust multisite system.

Without going too much in depth explaining the system, going to this company page will have the best explanation and implementation information for you.

Conclusion

With many CMS' sharing many of the same functionality and capabilities, the choice of whether to use Drupal over others is largely a personal one, and whether the out-of-box features suit your current or future business needs.

Posted in Discussion on Jul 30, 2018