Drupal

Content Management System

Updated October 11, 2018

5 updates


SCORE BREAKDOWN

User Interface

10/25

Cost

25/25

Differentiation

22/25

Effectiveness

25/25

Pros

  • Very dynamic and flexible
  • Completely free

Cons

  • Requires technical ability
  • Not scalable for non-technical people

Drupal is one of the most recognized content management systems (CMS) currently on the market. Given the open-source nature of the platform and the growing international community of developers contributing updates, Drupal serves as one of the best platforms for web content management. If you used Drupal in the past, but experienced issues that drove you to another CMS, the community of developers likely have improved the experience now, which warrants giving Drupal a second look.

Drupal for campaigns and advocacy

Members of Congress, state governments, Her Majesty’s Government in the U.K., and several U.S. government agencies utilize Drupal for their web presence. Political campaigners, nonprofits, and advocates of all types should consider why this platform works for so many government bodies, and if it will work for them. Given the open-source nature of this CMS and the continuous evolution of the base framework, campaigns of all sorts and budgets can create a Drupal site.

Ready to go

If an organization opts to deploy a Drupal site, acquiring the necessary documentation and the original framework software is easy. A user can download the materials mentioned above from Drupal.org for free. Drupal, on this basis, does come out of the box ready to go, making the platform a truly “plug-and-play” experience.

More than content management

Drupal is an exceptional platform for blogging and traditional web content management because of the flexibility of the software. This flexibility provides various types of content solutions for content creators. The framework is also a fantastic solution for e-commerce platforms, NGOs and nonprofits, and media and publishing. Users should also keep in mind that the Drupal CMS emulates the functions of WordPress. Drupal websites can also integrate with most mainstream third-party marketing platforms, like Yoast, Tableau, social media, Mailchimp, Hubspot, and various CRMs (i.e., Salesforce, SugarCRM, Agile, and Zoho).

Hire a developer

Small organizations often don’t have the budget to hire the necessary technical staff to develop marketing and web assets. Though this may not seem like a significant issue to some, Drupal’s framework is highly technical and complex. Drupal was designed to be a “blank slate” of sorts; thus the offering is a clunky and complicated product requiring additional assets, implementation time, and advanced knowledge. This required knowledge covers programming languages, like PHP, and a comprehension of the Drupal coding standards. Beginners on Drupal won’t be able to create adequate products because of the need for technical expertise. The basic framework for Drupal does offer a front end and back end panel by default; however, there are dynamic aspects to the tool.

If you hire a developer to set up your site using Drupal, consider keeping them on retainer to help make changes and update your site as you grow. Otherwise, it can be cumbersome to figure out how to add new functionality when needed. This can make it not scalable for non-technical people.

Pricing

Drupal is a free, open-source platform. Organizations who hire developers and marketing agencies who specialize in Drupal websites will have to pay for services, potentially for the long-term. Minimal custom development of a Drupal site takes 6 to 8 weeks and could range from $30,000 to $40,000.

What we think

Again, Drupal is a free, open-source platform. Organizations of all sizes could benefit from web assets built on the Drupal framework. People who do opt for Drupal as their CMS solution will need to have advanced technical ability and/or the budget to hire a developer.

If you have any feedback on this review or you would like to suggest an app for us to review, please drop us a note – telegraph@joinlincoln.org.


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SCORE BREAKDOWN

User Interface

10/25

Cost

25/25

Differentiation

22/25

Effectiveness

25/25

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