Application Development

7 Ways Drupal is More Flexible Than Your CMS

Jul. 21 2018
Chloe Lopez
Business Analyst

With over 100,000 users worldwide, Drupal is one of the top content management systems available. It's perfect for sites that require rich features and controllable customizations. Here are 7 ways that Drupal is more flexible than your current CMS.

1. Organize your pages with blocks and views

Does your CMS restrict the organization of your content? Drupal gives you more control over page organization with blocks and views. Blocks allow you to organize your content and features into smaller chunks and place them anywhere in the site, even on multiple pages. The contributed views module (which was included in core for Drupal 8) gives you even greater control over how your content is displayed. Views allow you to sort your content, show a specific type of content, and much more.

2. Control your content with an extensive backend

The backend and administrator options give admins, editors, and developers more control over the way content is viewed and accessed. User restrictions can be put in place to customize who has access to view and edit, allowing multiple types of users to access content while site administrators ultimately stay in control. Drupal offers one of the most extensive CMS backends, giving you control over your content.

3. More customizing, less compromising

Drupal boasts a highly customizable interface for both clients and end-users. Themes are available and can be altered to fit every project. You can follow basic templates or create your own for different pages. The administrative menu can also be customized, so you can create a meaningful experience for all users.

4. Drupal fits to projects both big and small

Is your CMS able to accommodate a demanding, feature-rich project? While other CMSs may not be equipped to handle the needs of a larger site, Drupal handles complex requirements with ease. In fact, sites produced with other CMSs (like IDT) often turn to Drupal when they want to expand.

5. Content types and powerful taxonomies make organizing easy

Content types classify content and can include fields that offer flexibility in site creation. The taxonomy module helps you create category levels for content types. Creating this type of hierarchy makes organizing complex content much easier. For example, sports can be classified into their leagues and teams. The hierarchies within these categories can also be organized and preserved across the site.

6. Open source for all

Drupal prides itself in being an open source CMS, which makes it free to use for everyone. Basic and contributed themes and modules are all available for free. Most other CMSs are also open source, but some of their more exclusive/feature-rich resources are only available for a price. By using Drupal you become a part of a living community that offers support for all of your  web development endeavors.

7. Flexible scaling for big sites

If you know your site will receive lots of traffic and hold large amounts of content, Drupal can help. Other CMSs require more server strength as sites grows, meaning you have to go through the arduous process of converting to a more powerful system. Drupal, on the other hand, accommodates for both content and traffic scaling so your site can grow without skipping a beat.

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