Being a Drupal development company, one of our most asked questions would naturally be, “What is Drupal?” The second to follow it is natural as well, “Why do you want to build my website on it?” Both very good questions that I want to address in this video.
First of all, Drupal is a free, open source content management system. Open source means that there is a highly dedicated community of developers that build it, while it is very well regulated, anyone can contribute. For instance, when we at Covenant Design needed a feature not available yet, we developed it and then made it available to the rest of the Drupal community.
A content management system is just another word for software that allows you to organize, manage, and publish your content. And to answer the second question as to why we would use Drupal to build your website, the answer is: there is no better resource we have found that easily and efficiently allows you organize, manage and publish your content.
Drupal is module- based, which means that instead of having to write custom code for every single page and feature you have on your site, we are able to add modules that have most of the functionality you would need right off the bat. This saves time and money when we don’t have to re-create the wheel every time a site needs a contact us form or shopping cart. After we add the module needed, we are able to customize it to your needs, but the time required to do that is significantly less than us writing code for everything.
The second great feature that draws people to Drupal is how easy it is for you, the client, to use. We go through some basic training with you and then you are able to add and/or change a vast amount of the content yourself. This saves you time and money. If you have a new product or newsletter, we teach you to add that if you want. Think of all the money that saves over the years!
One concern that people have when hearing about Drupal is the fact that it is open source. Can that really be very secure. That’s a great question and valid concern, but actually Drupal is one of the most secure platforms available. In fact, the Whitehouse website was built on Drupal along with the Grammy awards, numerous universities, and over 7 million other websites. It’s very widely used and has a great reputation for being secure and reliable.
That’s just a brief overview of Drupal, we obviously love talking about it, so feel free to e-mail, call, or chat with us about any further questions you may have!
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