It is often described as the content management system (CMS) from hell; ugly and a total memory hog, to the novice the learning curve is often far too steep and the documentation sometimes scarce. Why is this behemoth of a CMS even used anymore?
Its name is Drupal, and it is very powerful when tamed. From the glorified Views module to the great seaarch engine optimization (SEO) features to the loyal and enthusiastic community, Drupal certainly begs attention. It can be used to make some very beautiful and user-friendly websites.
Traditionally, Drupal has been adopted because of its fantastic organization and powerful customization tools, making it a great content management system for anything from blogs to collaborative corporate websites. Some features that come straight out of the box are polls, comments, blogs, OpenID support, RSS feeds, user profiles, user roles, advanced search, and caching for faster speed. It is easy to see why Drupal has been used for community-based websites.
Is Drupal CMS designer-oriented?
One of the most common criticisms I hear about the Drupal CMS is that it is just plain ugly. The truth of the matter is that Drupal is marketed to more technical developers. Sure, it lacks WordPress’ pretty interface and easy media management, but with the proper dose of CSS, Drupal can be made to compete with the best of the best. Think I am bluffing? Have a look at some Drupal-based sites. To make styling your site easier, Drupal features themes, which can be downloaded and applied to your site. Drupal 7 alone has around 450 downloadable themes that range from responsive themes to e-commerce themes and everything in between! You’re sure to find a good theme to make your site look chic (or whatever you are looking for). Most are free, too!
Is Drupal CMS SEO-friendly?
Certainly! Drupal has many features that make it stand out from the crowd. It has built-in taxonomy system. The taxonomy allows you to tag content with relevant and keyword-rich tags, an invaluable tool for anyone who’s SEO-oriented.
Define your own content types: articles, products, podcasts and more. The best part? No programming knowledge required. Let Drupal set automatic page titles using its smart page-titling features, or take the reins and take SEO to a whole new level. Either way, it is completely user-friendly, coding-free and painless.
SEO checklist module is a total must-have! While it does not really do anything, it will help you make your site score higher in search engine results. Unlike WordPress, Drupal gives you complete control over URLs right from the get-go. Additionally, you can install the Pathauto module, which generates custom URL structures for each content type.
Whether you have been scared off by old Drupal’s intimidating appearance or bad reputation, it might be time to give it a new look. Perhaps you will find this behemoth latest version to be as tame as a bunny rabbit, yet powerful as ever. With a clear advantage over similar CMS’. If you are looking for a CMS that can do just about anything and look good in the process, then seriously consider Drupal. Drupal developers feel proud and happy to work on their projects as they are contributing their share to develop the CMS leader of tomorrow!