Drupal 8 is a powerful Open Source framework for developing websites. A highly customisable content management system (CMS), it’s fast becoming the most popular choice for web applications and web development due to its powerful features and large supportive community. Having worked with this CMS for over five years, we believe that there are a number of robust and beneficial core concepts Drupal 8 offers.
1. Content Management:
Powerful content creation and management tools are at the heart of Drupal 8. With Drupal, businesses and organisations can create a strong online presence as its high functionality and flexibility is second to none. Where you’re without restrictions and parameters, Drupal allows you to create whatever website you want. With it, inviting innovative user experiences and journeys across any channel or mobile device.
2. Translation and Localisation:
One of the key advantages of using Drupal 8 is its ability to support any language from both the authoring side and interface. This is a necessity should you own a worldwide business that needs to meet emerging multi-lingual markets across the globe.
3. Fine-grained Access Controls:
While one of Drupal’s primary competitors, WordPress, has many benefits; one disadvantage would be its lack of control over user access. In contrast, Drupal offers the ability to control which user roles have access to particular content-types. This feature is applicable for both editing and viewing purposes. Certain members of your development team may need access for different means of editing or managing content. Similarly, from a user perspective, you may have a list of subscribers you wish to grant access to your company’s on-site membership area. Such a feature could be harder to attain with another CMS, whereas Drupal offers you more options for this.
4. Performance Features:
Visitors expect fast page loads, and search engines take page load speed into account. Drupal has a built-in “full page” cache which will serve a page immediately if the page has recently been viewed by another visitor, making it feel very responsive in most cases.
Additional caching mechanisms can be added to improve page loading time even further, depending on how you decide to host your Drupal application.
5. Strong Open Source Community:
There are over 16,000 open source modules available in the Drupal community; and some of the most well known receive corporate sponsorship. Contributed modules provide features such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools, Social Media integration, [Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)] and more. There is a strict review process for all modules contributed to Drupal. Part of which ensures they are extremely compatible with one another. This means a feature-rich website is far more accessible and plain sailing for developers to create. Developers can tweak and customise modules too, making Drupal a considerable platform for meeting all of your website requirements. Particularly when creating [e-commerce] websites. Not only that, but the supreme flexibility of Drupal doesn’t restrict your design needs – you’re able to create a design that encompasses both the aesthetics and identity of your brand.
Drupal follows best practices for security and implements sane defaults. It has a built-in system for managing private file uploads which ties into the permission system.
The Drupal security team issues advisories for known vulnerabilities in Drupal itself or stable contributed modules. ‘Patches’ for vulnerabilities are provided with the advisory, and regression tests are written to ensure that the issue does not resurface.
When browsing modules on drupal.org it is made clear which modules are not covered by the Drupal security team – these modules are usually still in development or have been made obsolete.
As a business owner, knowing this reduces your amount of worry as it’s reassuring to know your Drupal developers will be able to take care of problems that may occur.
7. Headless Drupal:
Now more people are using Drupal because of the unique power of ‘Headless Drupal’. This is due to the flexibility of its back-end development. Where you can use Headless Drupal to power a database of content, you can then use APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to integrate this data with another system’s interface e.g. a mobile app.
At Lightflows, we know Drupal is an extremely powerful CMS and we’ve a large portfolio of projects under our belts showcasing our experience with it. If you’d like to find out even more reasons why we love using Drupal and ways your business can reap the benefits of it, feel free to contact us.