Why are Australian organisations choosing Drupal?
Drupal is an enterprise-ready, open source content management system that powers some of the world's largest and most popular website. Around the world, it is increasingly the web technology of choice for government and medium to large enterprises to deliver a competitive digital presence.
In Australia, it powers the online properties of major public and private sector organisations that require a stable and cost-effective web presence, with highly secure multi-site and multilingual capabilities, while offering access to cutting edge innovations.
Some of the key reasons why we love Drupal
Choosing a content management system can be a complex decision. Virtually every business needs a website with a stable CMS at its core. We have compiled some reasons why we think Drupal is one of the leading choices on the market at the moment.
Drupal is open source software and therefore comes at no licence price to the business, whether it be deployed across one website or multiple digital properties. Being open source also mean that enterprises aren't at the mercy of a single vendor and can take advantage of Drupal's large community of developers and support services.
Drupal is a framework for you to build your CMS on. It allows you to build “types” of content that can then be used and re-used across your website in many areas. Unlike, other CMS platforms where a page template approach means you build the same functionality over and over again for the various areas of your site.
Drupal is a robust platform that is built to scale. It is highly flexible and extendible to fit requirements now and into the future. Adding or building new modules allows your website to always be growing, scaling as your organisation’s needs grow.
Drupal has an international network of developers, designers and users that spans the globe. This community is always actively teaching the world about Drupal. Some even describe themselves as Drupal Evangelists. Having a large community around your software ensures its longevity and puts you in an excellent position in terms of support for the software.
With a large and growing community of developers, as shown above, Drupal allows you to be able to move between developers without penalties of proprietary CMS software solutions. Access to core code and modules allows any Drupal developer to pick up the site and help you support it and extend it.
Granular control of content
Drupal also allows for granular levels of content control which is particularly useful for content management by many content editors in different offices, locations, departments whilst still allowing control over who can publish content live. Typically, the marketing department retains control over content that is published live even though other departments may have created the content. A workflow triggers alerts when new content is created and requires review and approval to publish.
Distributions and Modules
Drupal’s huge developer community has built over 20,000 modules that solve a variety of business issues. Platforms such as Wordpress and Joomla have similar concepts but fall down when applications become complex. Drupal has become known as an application that scales well and manages complexity well.
Drupal sites rank highly on the list of the top 200 visited websites, claiming many of the top spots. While other Content Management Systems boast millions of installations, the ones that are most frequented by web users are more often than not, powered by Drupal. This is because Drupal is designed to organize vast amounts of information easily. Many large government, news and entertainment sites such as The White House use Drupal for this reason.
Drupal’s hook based architecture lends itself well to interoperability between modules and features, which is part of the reason it's vast library of modules work so well together. As a developer, knowing you can rely on the work of others to be compatible with your own code is one of the many reasons developers prefer Drupal. Drupal's core is also packed with features to make day-to-day development easier.
Hundreds of thousands of people rely on the Drupal Security team to keep them posted on newly discovered vulnerabilities. Public announcements are made whenever new patch codes or versions are ready to install. Concerns can be addressed with the security team for timely service on any issues that arise. The full time security staff is supported by an expansive consulting team who review patches and project applications for effective security.
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