Drupal — An Overview & its Use
Drupal is an Open-Source Content Management System. If you are new to both computing and Drupal, then this probably doesn’t clear things up very much. A content management system is software that facilitates the creation, organization, manipulation, and removal of information in the form of images, documents, scripts, plain text.
Benefits of Drupal
• Reliable and robust: Are there a lot of bugs in the code? Will it affect my site if I have to
forever add patches or obtain updates for faulty code?
• Efficient: Does the code use my server’s resources wisely? Am I likely to run into
concurrency problems, or speed issues early on?
• Flexible: If I change my mind about what I want from my site, will I be able to implement
those changes without redoing everything from scratch?
Uses of Drupal
The following list shows the most common uses at present and comes from the case on the Drupal site:
Community Portal Sites: If you want a news website where the stories are provided by the audience, Drupal suits your needs well. Incoming stories are automatically voted upon by the audience and the best stories bubble up to the homepage. Bad stories and comments are automatically hidden after enough negative votes.
News Publishing: Drupal is great for newspapers and other news organizations.
Aficionado Sites: Drupal flourishes when it powers a portal website where one person shares their expertise and enthusiasm for a topic.
Intranet/Corporate Web Sites: Companies maintain their internal and external web sites in Drupal. Drupal works well for these uses because of its flexible permissions system, and its easy web-based publishing.
Resource Directories: If you want a central directory for a given topic, Drupal suits your needs well. Users can register and suggest new resources, while editors can screen their submissions.
International Sites: Thanks to the localization features within Drupal, there are many Drupal sites implemented in a wide range of languages.
Education: Drupal can be used for creating dynamic learning communities to supplement the face-to-face classroom or as a platform for distance education classes. Academic professional organizations benefit from its interactive features, and the ability to provide public content, member-only resources, and member subscription management.
Art, Music, Multimedia: Drupal is a great match. No other platform provides the rock solid foundation that is needed to make multimedia-rich websites that allow users to share, distribute, and discuss their work with others.
Social networking sites: Drupal used extensively in social networking sites. You can build a collection of social networking applications for your site or use Drupal as a white label social networking service.
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