Drupal is an open source content management framework; which means no vendor lock-ins and no expensive licensing. It also means that codebase is available free for all and can be used to build applications and website CMS. Drupal is supported by a passionate community of thousands of PHP developers who collectively work on improving the functionality, security and enterprise level features that this framework offers. As a business owner, you would like to never want to be stuck if a non-responsive or out-of-business web developer. You can hire any other developer and they can start development without having to go through the code or understand nuances.
Drupal as a Content Management System
As a content and website management tool, Drupal’s comprehensive functionality offers almost everything that would be needed for a small business to a large enterprise. Website owners and administrators can create and update content without the knowledge of HTML and CSS – the website coding languages. Good Drupal Developers would offer Edit buttons right next to the content (articles, web pages and menu items) for easy CMS switch and update to log in administrators.
Drupal also provides the ability to organize content on your website through menus, categories and views. This architecture is easily edited too and whether you have 2, 3 or 4 level deep navigation menu architecture, editing menu names, categories or creating new ones is a breeze.
For most large enterprises the content comes in different forms like web pages, sales sheets, videos, image galleries and even news items. Even the sources can be varied – it may be your marketing and sales team running a promotion or your product management teams who want the literature to be replaced – the source of content can be as varied as the content itself and hence your website may need different log-ins into the CMS. Drupal makes this easy by helping create user roles which can be assigned to different sections of your website.
Drupal allows your website developer to create dynamic homepage using snippets. This means that your latest blog posts, new research articles, promotions, best selling products and other important content pieces can be dynamically promoted on the most important page of your website – the home page.
All these CMS features make Drupal the perfect content management system using which owners can update their most important sales tool – their website with ease and without being dependent on other developers.
Drupal as an eCommerce Platform
Drupal offers Drupal eCommerce and Ubercart as eCommerce plugins using which you can sell products and subscriptions online. Depending on your needs and goals, you can choose either of these modules and both work well for eCommerce site development.
Ubercart is a full-fledged eCommerce system that offers all the standard shopping cart, product management and category management features. It can be integrated with many payment gateways and shipping quote services for easy credit card processing and shipping. Drupal eCommerce on the other hand is a relatively smaller framework that has a small community behind it. Its most recent version offers a strong API that defines component which are used to build your eCommerce functionality.
Drupal’s Ubercart module gives eCommerce site developers a perfect tool for developing functionality that is needed by small to large businesses, equally. With strong product management and site management tools, it becomes easy for users to upload new products, defined related products, draw out new categories and even add an alternate payment gateway.
Drupal as a Social Networking Development Tool
Whether you want to develop a complete social networking website or impart social attributes to your personal or business website, Drupal offers a huge list of options to accomplish this. With Drupal modules for Twitter and Facebook, twitter and Facebook updates can be set and you can even use Facebook connect for login. Like buttons, Share buttons and live Twitter feed are some of the integrations that becomes easy with Drupal.
Apart from plugins, Drupal developers have an exhaustive list of social networking modules that they use to create social networking websites. Authorpane, Buddylist package, Flag Friend are some of the most important modules that will help you get a perfect social networking site. Grammy.com, PopSugar,GradSpot and Micheal Jackson’s website are some of the most recognized social networking sites that come to mind which have been developed using Drupal.
As business owners stand up and take notice of this robust CMS, their desire to move away from proprietary systems grows stronger. Netzone Solutions, can help you achieve your web goals with Drupal and as a Drupal Development Company, we owe our success and client satisfaction to the great open source movement.