We have been developing with Drupal at Omibee for several years, building dozens of Drupal projects, from ecommerce and company websites, research management solutions to fintech platforms.
We love Drupal because of its fantastic organization and powerful customization tools.
First of all, what is Drupal?
More than a Content Management System (like Wordpress), Drupal is mainly a framework you can use to build a CMS. It can be used to build a client’s website, an ecommerce store, a forum, a social network and much more.
So, why should you use Drupal for your next project?
Get rid of annual fees or license payments. Drupal is an open source content management framework (CMF). Just download the latest release of Drupal core and start using it!
Since it’s Open Source, there’s no vendor lock in. There are thousands of other companies around the world that will be able to support or develop your existing project.
It has one of the largest open source communities in the world. Developers, designers, editors and many other specialists are constantly working to make sure that Drupal is cutting-edge CMF and that it supports the latest technologies.
It is invaluable resource with tens of thousands of developers and thousands of pages of documentation where you can find help and answers for your questions.
Thousands of Amazing Features
There are thousands of modules for you. No need to pay and no need to develop everything from scratch. You can get a new feature on your website just by downloading and installing a new module. A few minutes and voilà!
Of course, in some cases, you will have to spend some time in configuration, custom development and to fix some problems, but quite often you can find the answers and patches on the Issues page of the module.
No need to worry that your website will lose performance as the number of users and the amount of content increase.
Drupal has proven itself as a CMF that can easily handle high traffic. 71 of 100 top university websites as well as some of the biggest and highest-trafficked websites (such as economist.com, whitehouse.gov) are running on Drupal.
It is a secure CMF, constantly tested for vulnerabilities by its security team and huge developer community.
Organizations around the world, such as governments, leading corporations and brands, use Drupal based websites to protect their data from the most critical internet vulnerabilities and to ensure rapid response to any issues that might arise.
Don’t speak English? With Drupal you can easily configure your website to use one of the 90+ available languages or several languages at the same time.
Last but not least, you can customize and do with your website almost anything you want. Your only limit is your imagination.
Does this mean that Drupal is the perfect fit for any of your projects?
As much as we love this CMF, at the end of the day, it's in your (and your client's) best interest to pick the best tool for the job, which may not be Drupal.
It could be a project that requires less complex and easier solutions. In fact, Drupal is one of the more complex content management frameworks out there and it can be massively overwhelming to a new user.
On the other hand, your team could be developing a large application to support millions of users and pieces of content which might sound like a perfect fit for Drupal, however, that’s not always the case.
If your project is not 100% defined and may change at any moment, Drupal should be avoided, unless your team is made up of expert developers with years of experience. Ideally, this is something you should identify at the very start and use a framework that is more suitable for prototyping and rapid change.
If you’re still trying to figure out if Drupal is the right tool for your project, you should also take into consideration when it is not the best option out there for what you're planning to create.