Is Drupal User Friendly?

Is Drupal User Friendly?

“I’d rather have a Wordpress site because my friends say that Drupal is too hard to use"

“I heard that Drupal is extremely difficult and slow"

“I’m not sure if I want to use Drupal, Wordpress is more popular isn’t it?"

“It’s too hard to set different permission levels for users in Drupal"

“Drupal can’t do blogs!"

I hear a lot of questions from my clients about Drupal. What is it, how does it work, and why would I use it over Wordpress.  Well I’m not here to bash Wordpress. Wordpress is a very similar system and it works very well for websites. What I’m going to do is give you the information on why after a ton of research I chose Drupal as the CMS I would specialize in.

Drupal is a perfect platform for rapid website assembly.

You can build both internal and external facing websites with minimal programming. No need to start from scratch every time you build a new website. There are tons of free and pay templates that can also start you off in the right place.

Drupal is enormously scalable

Some of the largest and most visible and highest-traffic sites in the world run on the Drupal base. Drupal websites can be scaled up to thousands of pages, and easily manage e-commerce websites.

Drupal is extendable

There are thousands of free modules on drupal.org that let you build amazing websites. As well, the API is well documented so you can custom code if you wish. Drupal also allows you to run multiple websites off the one Drupal code base.

Drupal is built for social media

Drupal is a multi-user website content management system by default, allowing fine-grained access controls among users. Drupal can also reach out to share logins and content with Facebook, Twitter and others.  Of course Drupal can allow you to create not only blogs straight out of the box, but also forums.

Drupal has a thriving development community

Almost a thousand people helped develop Drupal 7, with many thousands more working on add-on modules, security oversight, documentation and more. Patches and advice are easily available from multiple sources all over the web.

Drupal is Open Source - as in Free!

As an open-source software, Drupal has no license fees. Unlike website builder programs like Weebly, Go Daddy, Wix, Shopify, etc., you OWN your site and can take it with you to any website host you choose. If you decide not to continue paying for your site in these proprietary programs, you lose your website, and you will have to build your site all over again. I always tell my clients, not to ever buy into a system that holds their site hostage.

Proven high in security

Drupal’s programming code is written to the highest standards. A dedicated security team, together with Drupal’s vast development and administrator community, is vigilantly seeking out and patching issues - often before they’re exploited.

Easy to edit pages

Drupal allows designers / coders to add buttons on each page to allow sites and content to be edited 

 Drupal Administrative menu and links

Once you hit the “Edit” button a form opens that allows you to edit the page through a WYSIWIG interface.  There are many interfaces and different pages will have different form fields so this is just an example.

 Editing a Blog post in Drupal

This is a really high level overview of Drupal abilities and usability. If you have any questions or would like more information, please comment below or shoot me an email!

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