Drupal is an open source platform. That means it's freely licensed in return for the sharing of new developments and improvements.
Drupal's rich, global community of developers and dedicated enthusiasts make continual contributions to its development, ensuring it stays reliable and innovative. This openness has only added to its appeal and popularity.
What Can Drupal Do?
It has been used to set up content management systems for the websites of small organisations and complex global enterprises. Its modular design makes it flexible and allows endless customisation.
Drupal helps you organised content to create the most effective, engaging presentations, and optimise the user experience.
The variety and combinations of content types that Drupal supports raise the standard for intelligent interfaces between you and your users. It also allows you to create new or customised functionality in the user interface - without programming, and when it suits you.
Fast, Flexible Framework
This flexibility on top of pre-built components is why Drupal is a content management framework (CMF), not just a traditional content management system (CMS).
CMSs such as EPiServer, Escenic, SiteVision, Sitecore or Typo3 increase functionality by developing new modules that must be programmed, for example using Java or .NET. This is a time-consuming process, and requires the involvement of specialists.
Free, Open, Cutting-edge
Using and modifying Drupal is free, unlike many traditional CMSs, because it's an open source software.
You’ll need to make any modifications to Drupal available under an open-source licence if you choose to distribute them - which is part of why it's such a cutting-edge resource.
Drupal requires some programming sometimes - for tasks like integrating systems with your own operations or creating your administrative interfaces - but otherwise you're in control.
Why Drupal is Best for Business
- Fast time to market - cuts out the middlemen when adding new or improved features to your site
- Enabled staff - removes sole reliance on a Drupal service provider to customise your site
- Sustainable maintenance - supports modification with its modular structure, unlike CMSs which can be affected by multiple changes
- Lower total cost of ownership - brings independence from service providers, shorter development time and lower maintenance costs