I’ve been an avid supporter of Drupal for the past nine years. The platform provides users with the most customization opportunities and best ability to integrate with other technologies compared to any other web platform out there.
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The future of Drupal looks bright. As Dries Buytaert, the founder of Drupal, mentioned during today’s keynote at DrupalCon Vienna, Drupal is a healthy and growing project. Year over year, there was a 22% increase in the number of issues fixed or closed on Drupal.org, a 28% increase in the number of individual contributors, and a 26% increase in the number of organizations contributing to the project.
I’ve enjoyed seeing how the platform has grown over the years, and I’m excited to see what the future looks like for Drupal.
In the meantime, if you don’t know much about Drupal, here are five reasons why I think the platform is the best option out there.
Because Drupal is open source software and its users are such a passionate base, the community helps develop and create new Drupal functionality. At the same time, Drupal users help provide support for one another, create documentation and leverage networking opportunities.
Drupal is free. Does anything else need to be said? The platform will always be available at no cost. Compare that with other content management systems that can cost hundreds and thousands of dollars to purchase and license.
Drupal offers thousands of different modules. This means there are thousands of ways to make your site unique while continuing to extend Drupal’s functionality.
If you look back at Drupal’s history, the platform does a great job of addressing security issues. A bulletin is released to Drupal users whenever there is an issue with the platform or when and there are updates to fix the problem. Besides that, there is a dedicated Drupal security team that works to monitor potential security risks. Some people worry that an open source system is easier to hack; the reality, though, is the team of users and dedicated security experts are the best defense you’ll find against hacking.
I’ve written before about the great updates in Drupal 8, from a cleaner back-end interface to improved performance. A quick review of why I prefer Drupal:
- Drupal’s security team monitors every supported module on Drupal.org with a full release for security issues.
- Drupal has very strong community support for modules, and all of the modules are freely available.
- Drupal’s BigPipe module, which now is included in Drupal core, allows your site to have much better front-end perceived performance through the streaming of replacements for placeholders.
- Drupal 8 allows for a lot of granularity and control with the caching strategy for top-tier performance. The CKEditor WYSIWYG editor features a new drag-and-drop interface and allows users to configure their admin toolbar to best serve their needs.
Those are just five reasons why I love Drupal. Want to know more about these or any other aspect of Drupal?
Let’s talk. I’d love to help you see if Drupal is the right platform for you.