When is Drupal the Best Choice for Your Website?

Nov 26, 2021
By Dmitrii
Drupal

Drupal is one of the most popular CMSs globally, although there's a never-ending discussion about its pros and cons compared to WordPress or Joomla. Let's avoid jumping into this rabbit hole today and agree that every CMS has its benefits.

Sounds reasonable? Well, now that we've agreed on this, it's time to talk about the awesomeness of Drupal.

Main Advantages of Drupal over Other Content Management Systems

Drupal is considered to be the most effective CMS in the long run. It is open-source and very well-supported by the community, and it serves both developers and marketers perfectly. Let's dive deeper into the reasons why Drupal is the best CMS for you.

 

1) Drupal is Open Source

Drupal is open source

Drupal is an open-source CMS, which means its source code is made publicly available and free to use. It also means support from interested developers and admins. The Drupal community has been active since 2001, and it is one of the largest open-source communities in the world, with more than 1 million members.

People test the software every day, making it stable and bug-free. If someone finds an issue, they can submit a request and expect it to be resolved shortly. Moreover, if users need specific functionality, they can either add it or request changes from more experienced members. There's a good chance someone will implement it.

 

2) User Experience That Improves over Time

User Experience in Drupal

Drupal is an extremely powerful and complex tool. Such complexity may feel overwhelming at first, resulting in a complexity-usability tradeoff for beginners. However, for intermediate and especially expert users, the CMS opens its invaluable functionality.

Moreover, several years ago, Drupal launched a major initiative to improve Drupal's user experience with a goal to enhance content creation and site builder tools for Drupal 8. In Drupal 8, 9, and beyond, they decided to make the user experience better by improving the design of the content creation and content listing pages, developing a WYSIWYG editor, making the interaction with the UI while managing the menu more comfortable and more. With these improvements, Drupal is becoming a much more pleasant tool for beginners to interact with. Making user experience better is a non-stop long-running continuous process with visible results in each Drupal release.

 

3) Powerful Modules for Personalization and Marketing Campaigns

Drupal modules

The scalability and flexible design of Drupal and its modules allows the creation of versatile marketing campaigns. For example, a core module called Layout Builder provides visual design and layout tools to build landing pages and reuse content across marketing campaigns.

In addition, various content personalization modules provide perfect tools for customizing the website and adjusting your user experience in the way your marketing strategy requires.

 

4) Drupal is Secure

Drupal is well-known for its comprehensive security. With the support and under the supervision of Drupal's Security Advisory team, the community regularly releases security patches and updates protecting you from online hacking attempts. In addition, the website admin can easily manage performance and security parameters directly from the admin panel. 

To increase the security of sites, Drupal provides several special modules for secure authentication, spam filtering, admit and user security, etc. Read more in our blog post about Drupal top security modules.

 

5) Drupal Facilitates SEO

Nowadays, for a website to stand out at Google, search engine optimization must be done neatly. In fact, SEO is one of the most crucial factors for the success of a business. Luckily, Drupal offers powerful SEO modules that will help make your website SEO-friendly while spending less time as compared to other CMSs.

Some of the most useful modules helping to optimize your site are Metatag, Pathauto, Google Analytics.

 

6) API-First Architecture

The functionality and flexibility of Drupal are available over sophisticated APIs, which is essential for website development and integration with all needed services. API-first architecture improves the experience of both developers, admins, and customers.

Starting from Drupal 8, several APIs have been introduced: 

  • The RESTful Web Services API for integration with web services and communication between native mobile iOS/Android applications and a Drupal website.
  • JSON:API module for serialization and communication via JSON.
  • GraphQL is another example of Drupal's good extensibility and API support. The module supports the full official GraphQL specification with all its features.

 

Conclusion

So, we can see that there are many reasons why Drupal is one of the most robust CMSs on the market. While it's being developed and supported by passionate experts, Drupal offers users powerful tools to customize the site, adjust marketing campaigns, optimize the site pages for search engines, and manage parameters to increase website security.

Drupal always keeps itself up with the latest technologies and is definitely a platform that knows well how to make content delivery relevant, flawless and perform well with any medium and on any device.

Dmitrii
Marketing and SEO specialist working in IT and business development since 2014. Dmitrii's articles are published on various platforms, featured in the Drupal Digest, and translated into various languages.

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