Why using Drupal CMS is the Best Business Decision You’ll Ever Make

by Dan

While the virtual world rallies for popular CMS systems such as WordPress – which is no doubt a robust, versatile, and also easy to use platform – the trend is indicative of mass behavior. It’s looking and behaving just like countless people do while rallying in bulling stock markets. You might just as well call this “irrational WordPress Exuberance”.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I am a big fan of WordPress and I am probably one of the foremost advocates for WordPress.

Whether you ought to use a simple HTML5/CSS3 setup, go for WordPress, use Adobe Business Catalyst, or pick one of the many other CMS systems such as Drupal and Joomla, the decision is based on what you want out of it all.

What matters most to users seeking the best solution for their website isn’t the technology or the CMS itself. It’s what they want this “technology” to do and how it fits into their business.

Individual bloggers and hobby website users don’t have the same needs as small and medium enterprises. Today, however, security, vulnerability to malicious attacks, ease of use, and availability of community support for technical help are all common grounds to consider.

WordPress could be good for certain use cases. So is Drupal, and so is Joomla. Sometimes, all you might need is not even a CMS system but just a HTML5 setup.

There isn’t a single system without its own flaws. You just have to pick the CMS with flaws you can live with.

According to Builtwith.com, you can’t help notice three big elephants in the room: WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla with the market shares as shown below:

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WordPress has about 44.26{71b550cbed0aca3fea2335d26076176dc834a5ad6e765af844b2cea64fe7483b} of the market share while the rest of the market is scattered use case across CMS systems. Only 2.3{71b550cbed0aca3fea2335d26076176dc834a5ad6e765af844b2cea64fe7483b} of all websites actually use Drupal, according to W3tech, while Drupal commands just over 5{71b550cbed0aca3fea2335d26076176dc834a5ad6e765af844b2cea64fe7483b} of the market.

Drupal is Way Better now

Today’s version of Drupal is vastly different from the original piece of code that a student called Dries Buytaert from the University of Antwerp developed.

While all CMS systems (including WordPress and Joomla) have outgrown their roots and grown massively over the years, Drupal now boasts of a huge, growing community of 800,000+ developers and users. It also has 18,000 modules developed for use while the number is constantly on the rise.

The folks at Montenasoft.com summarize some of the benefits of using Drupal right off the bat. Here are some of them:

  • Drupal has a few tricks up its sleeve such as better structure for taxonomies, CCK modules for creating custom fields and views, and more.
  • Drupal is efficient, scalable, reliable, and robust while being backed by organized processes and even patches and updates make speeds, uptime, and solving concurrent issues easier.
  • Drupal – just like WordPress and Joomla – is easy to extend itself for a variety of uses and not just “enterprise” level sites.

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Drupal allows for super fast hosting

Site speed is a major proponent today and a crucial factor to consider for multiple reasons, including Search Engine ranking, better UI/UX, and ease of website use. Shared hosting solutions are more like cookie-cutter solutions providing hosting solutions for sites running on almost any type of CMS or other website builds.

Few CMS systems boast of dedicated, specialty hosting using fast servers, stacks, provisioning, etc. Drupal, thankfully, has a horde of specialty hosting companies such as RackSpace, (not just for Drupal, but an awesome company) Hudhost.com  for focused Drupal hosting, and many other companies dedicated to hosting Drupal-based websites, according to this hosting companies index maintained by Drupal Community.

These specialty hosting companies will charge marginally more but do most of the dirty work to keep your website blazing fast using technology such as stacking, APC, Database caching, Edge Caching, compressing content, deploying CDN (Content Delivery Network), and much more.

Drupal holds promise

There’s more coming for Drupal. Apart from the growing community and increasingly accepted use for small and medium enterprises, Drupal’s Spark Project aims to bring in-line editing, a more streamlined experience, and a better WYSIWYG editing experience.

Drupal’s feature set – from the basics to configuration management; from modules to Edge Side Includes (ESI) caching strategies – is ready for websites facing the need for leaner, meaner, and faster web experiences much needed today.

Drupal is more secure

Here’s something that’s often overlooked until it’s too late. If a CMS popular, it’s also bound to be riskier since it unequivocally becomes a target for easy opportunities for hackers, vulnerable scripts, and malicious code. WordPress currently suffers the maximum vulnerability.

Drupal, in this regard, wins against WordPress when it comes to security.

According to Drupal’s community page on security, it boasts of an organized process and a healthy record when it comes to investigating, verifying, and processing security issues.

Drupal’s API and the default configuration are already designed to handle issues with standard solutions like injection, Cross Site Scripting, session management, and Cross Site Request Forgeries.

Drupal Core itself is robust with usual vulnerabilities recorded with instances from Code (by third-party theme developers) rather than the CMS itself.

Considering that a CMS is a must today due to the increasing importance of content and better manageability, the hunger for better CMS systems isn’t going to subside.

That’s good news for individuals and businesses looking for robust solutions that can cater to their business demands.

Drupal – although quite small in terms of market share and popularity – is a viable option for businesses looking to go the “contrarian way” and avoid half the problems WordPress comes with, just because it’s “Wordpress”.

What CMS solution do you use? Do you focus on aspects such as site speed, specialty or CMS-specific hosting such as WordPress Hosting or Drupal Hosting? What did you have in mind when you picked your CMS system? How easy or hard is it for you to look for help when you need to?

Tell us all about it.

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