3 Reasons to Love Drupal

In the beginning of every year, we find that many of our clients start thinking about giving their website a facelift. Perhaps shifting internal priorities require new website content, or it’s simply time for a fresher look and feel. Whatever the reason, creating a new website or refreshing an older one can raise a lot of new questions—including which content management system (CMS) is best.

Before settling down with the standard CMS that many nonprofits use today–Wordpress–it’s worth giving an increasingly popular but less known CMS, Drupal, a look. Here are three reasons why:

1. It’s Strong

One of Drupal’s strengths is that it’s not as widely used as WordPress and because of this, hackers don’t concentrate their efforts on Drupal. In addition to not being in hackers’ sights as often, Drupal also has robust security protocols, including an RSS feed, mailing list and a security team website all dedicated to resolving any issues as quickly as possible.

2. It’s Flexible

Besides its security benefits, Drupal offers a range of customization that other open-source CMS’s can’t match. Drupal boasts tens of thousands of modules that extend its capabilities, including image galleries, WYSIWYG editors and private messaging, along with third-party integration tools for SalesForce, MailChimp and more.

3. It Gets Better with Age

One of the main criticisms Drupal has faced in the past is that it’s not as easy or user friendly as WordPress. While it’s true that earlier versions of Drupal were onerous, today’s Drupal has matured into a platform that even the least technically savvy can manage if set up correctly.

Let us know in the comments below if you’ve used Drupal in the past and how your experience went!

David Backes

David Backes, former account manager at Prichard, acted as Prichard's in-house techie nerd. Don't let this fool you though–David has been known to spend time away from his computer screen and enjoys riding his bike around Portland (rain or shine) or working to perfect his caramelized onion recipe. David also races his bike during the cyclocross season at the mildly competitive beginner level.
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