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Drupal review by Billy B.
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"Drupal is a great CMS."

What do you like best?

I've been building websites for over 10 years and usually coded everything manually in HTML. Using a CMS like Drupal just makes building and especially maintaining/updating a website effortless. It's extremely easy to add new content/pages and let Drupal automatically handle the URL naming, SEO, validation, spelling, and a lot of other useful things. I use Drupal pretty much every day for my company's website and I couldn't imagine going back to manually coding everything thing.

What do you dislike?

My only dislikes are the typical things that come with web design. Things breaking. Drupal doesn't have enough protection when it comes to breaking the site. Sometimes I will alter a CSS style for the main layout of the site and upon saving the file, if something isn't correct, it cripples the website. Obviously, this is why you have a dev version and a live version, but it would still be nice to have more fail-safes integrated.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Technology has evolved to make a web designers life easier in the form of a CMS - Drupal is by far the best CMS out there.

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Drupal review by Steven B.
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"Versatile open source CMS for Large sites."

What do you like best?

Drupal is great for very large sites, when you want to display content from the same source, but shown many different ways, with active updating, and even on the fly page creation in response to a query or changing requirements, so that you don't have to manually re-edit content at the individual page level. YOu can edit in the original content page, and then it is automatically shown all the places it appears. It's relatively easy to administer for someone with previous CMS experience, especially with versions 7 and 8.

What do you dislike?

It can be a very long time between major upgrades, and installing them is not a simple matter. Even small security updates are a big deal, and the site has to be backed up and shut down.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Drupal is excellent for large or complex websites, but it you have only basic web design or HTML experience, or haven't used a CMS before, I recommend hiring a professional team to design your first site for you and show you how to administer it. Once it's up and running it's not hard to update and maintain at all.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We don't have a large staff, but we do have a large website, with a lot of information in different places. Drupal makes it easy for us to enter updates or new content, and have it appear correctly updated everywhere it is is supposed to appear.

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Drupal review by Jianjun Jeffrey Z.
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"Powerful CMS for techies, but not for regular web designers"

What do you like best?

It is very powerful and flexible, and you can do a lot of customization to meet your needs. It has a large community who can provide all the help you need. There are many pre-built applications in Drupal, called distributions, so if you can download and install the distribution with all needed plugins and template, and you are ready to go.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve is high and sometimes it requires you to know a lot about programming to achieve what you need to. The Drupal core developers don't seem to care about how to make the UI easier to use from the end user's perspective, but to focus on the functionalities. As a result, user has to spend lots of time to figure out how things are working in Drupal.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You need a dedicated personnel who knows programming in PHP to be able to maintain the website built in Drupal.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I was trying to build a website for a small business and the business wanted to have a membership feature in their company's website. Drupal can handle users and roles easily so my client limit access to protected documents based on their roles without needing to use a third-party plugin. The plugin and template directory is not maintained well so there are many plugins and templates are outdated and it could be very confusing for a new Drupal user to choose the right plugin and template.

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Drupal review by Pedro P.
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"CMS versátil y potente con la mejor comunidad de usuarios que existe"

What do you like best?

Con Drupal puedes hacer de todo, webs corporativas, plataformas de comercio electrónico, personalizaciones, sitios de redes sociales, boletines informativos, directorios de recursos y mucho más, es complicado no encontrar solución a lo que necesites. Es el sistema más seguro del mercado. Drupal también tiene muy buenas opciones de internacionalización. Puedes administrar contenido en 4 idiomas diferentes y todo está integrado a la perfección en un solo lugar. Desde la perspectiva de SEO, Drupal funciona a la perfección, desde el tiempo de carga hasta la capacidad de rastreo.

What do you dislike?

Si bien Drupal puede facilitar las cosas difíciles, también tiende a dificultar las cosas fáciles. Los módulos de Drupal proporcionados por la comunidad a menudo te ofrecen casi todo lo que necesitas, pero para que tu proyecto funcione exactamente como necesitas, tienes que crear módulos personalizados o parches por ti mismo.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Muy recomendado para empresas medianas y grandes, pero siempre con un buen proveedor de hosting que sea totalmente compatible con Drupal.

Personalmente prefiero Drupal a cualquier otro CMS pero definitivamente tiene una curva de aprendizaje importante. Si vienes de otro CMS como Wordpress, por ejemplo, te costará adaptarte. Creo que vale la pena una vez que te sientas cómodo con el cambio.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Drupal proporciona una forma de crear grandes sistemas de información y multiusuario sin tener que implementar funcionalidades genéricas de gestión de usuarios o gestión de contenido, entre otras. También proporciona interfaces bien definidas entre módulos que aseguran que la mayoría de los módulos desarrollados por la comunidad funcionarán con otros módulos que usemos o escribamos desde cero. Drupal proporciona puntos de extensión que permiten ampliar o modificar lo que hacemos a medida que nuestra base de usuarios crece.

Drupal review by Scott H.
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"Intuitive to Use, But Needs More Ongoing Support than Expected"

What do you like best?

Its open source meaning its widely supported by the public. There are many modules providing lots of additional functionality and its a very easy CMS took to use.

What do you dislike?

Being open source it means that module site you build and they rely on, may no longer become supported or bugs you identify may not be fixed. Whilst this is a similar to some larger applications, should a bug not be fixed it means you having to redesign parts of your website, or build a bespoke workaround

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you're looking for a free CMS which is easy to use and well supported within the user community , Drupal is for you. However with its very regular updates in terms of the Drupal framework and modules you will need to invest sufficient time to test any upgrades out before deploying into your production environment.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Utilising the Drupal framework allows a quick and easy way to begin building websites for my clients, which vary from small to medium sized businesses. It means that whilst I personally have an understanding of HTML, the use of this CMS, means to get a site up and running this understanding is not required.

Drupal review by Emilee C.
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"Flexible CMS for a website/app of any size"

What do you like best?

As an agency who builds websites constantly, we've found that Drupal gives us the most flexibility to be creative and design stunning websites that are also technically sound and easy to manage on the back end.

What do you dislike?

There honestly aren't many things that we can complain about.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is open source and comes with a large community of help. We would high recommend giving it a second look when considering a CMS for your website!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Clients come to us with ugly websites that their IT department alone can manage. Building Drupal sites gives our clients a robust CMS that they can easily maintain and manage on their own. We perform updates periodically, but for the most part can remain pretty hands off if the client wants to run with their new site. Additionally, we have the ability to create virtually anything that our clients as in terms of functionality. This makes us look like rockstars and our clients thrilled with their site/app.

Drupal review by Ian C.
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"Complex CMS but highly extensible"

What do you like best?

Drupal is great for building and managing websites that require custom content types and workflows. It provides built-in, GUI-based, functionality for creating content types, workflow rules, and other custom content management requirements. Drupal has has a strong built-in user management system. It's more of a framework of GUI-based tools that allow you to more quickly extend it for your requirements. Drupal also offers a well-developed API for extending the system. It's add-on ecosystem is also better managed then some other CMS. Powerful command line tools are also available to make operational management tasks (such as upgrades, sync'ing from dev to production, etc) much easier. The Views module is exceptionally useful for knitting together tables of data that draw on the fields on distinct content types.

What do you dislike?

Some of it's management features are not as slick on the front-end as WordPress. For example, upgrading modules is most easily done using command line tools.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There is a steeper learning curve if you've never worked with it before. It really is more of a blend between a framework with API's and CMS. It's critical to understand your requirements first and determine whether to invest the development resources to implement a Drupal site. I highly recommend using Pantheon of Acquia to spin up a free dev site to learn about Drupal.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were able to build several websites that utilize many custom content types (content that have many unique fields within the type). It's extensible nature allowed us to easily integrate with third-party, hosted systems and pull/push data to those systems.

Drupal review by Agata L.
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"The most robust system"

What do you like best?

The versatility is the best. From small, single-page blogs to e-shops to complex portals - Drupal can do it all. As an editor, I value how many options it gives me to present the content I want to share and if I have an authorization, the easiness of adding new options.

What do you dislike?

In most of the cases, it's not the platform for total beginners. You can make almost anything from Drupal, but with help of an experienced developer. But hey, we have found a solution! :)

And, as most of the open source solutions, you are responsible for updating your software. The company that develops the platform can make some amendments to make it safer, but It's your responsibility to install all of the patches.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There are a lot of comparisons on the Internet between different platforms. Of course, if an agency is better with Wordpress, it will say Wordpress is better. If their specialization is Joomla or Sitecore, those platforms would win. The truth is that there is no one, clear response which one is better - sorry! You have to evaluate the options on your own considering the strongest of your needs. Drupal, however, has a lot of "trial" options. You may want to build a demo of your product and see if it's ok. Also, there are many distribution versions that can help you with it, i.e. Droopler or Thunder

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Most of our problems and problems of our business partners are solved with Drupal. We developed our own webpage od Rupal and it is our best advertisement. Instead of writing countless lines of code, e can build complex web pages like from Lego bricks - ready modules spare a lot of the time and prevent reinventing the wheel, again and again.

Drupal review by James B.
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"Over complicated CMS with very little flexibility"

What do you like best?

This is quite hard to write something which was best. I think the search functionality for membership type sites was pretty advanced however you could easily in another CMS build the same functionality 3 times quicker. The admin area is ok

What do you dislike?

The system has poor online support. You will need a full stack developer to administrate and manage the code and updates. You need multiple plugins to get simple functionality to work. The updates of the core are also a minefield and you have to be very careful when upgrading.

Recommendations to others considering the product

You will need to have on going support and have a very good understanding of the folder structure and template structures. You also need to research heavily the plugins and sub dependant plugins which you will need to have to make a simple function work. The updates are also a minefield. E-Commerce as well is particular bad. There is a plugin but support is about 2 to 3 years out of date

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Drupal solved a problem I had where I wanted to combine a search based on multiple filters and then outputting the information into a lightbox. I also need a smart way to manage the company information in the backend. One really good function I was able to do is work with Affiliate links, I was able to pull in 30 to 40 feeds and upto 15000 lines of data every 15 minutes and convert them to posts to form a sports news website.

Drupal review by Christopher B.
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"Robust Open Source That is Ready When You Are"

What do you like best?

The Drupal developer community is really what makes Drupal the CMS it is today. If there is a business need or problem chances are the Drupal community already tackled it in multiple variations. Businesses and organizations just need to ask them selves if they are ready to invest in Drupal and if the answer is yes, then the choice is pretty clear. Drupal is a robust and well thought out and fast moving CMS, expect rapid change and updates and plan for it. The CLI tool called Drush is an industry best which no organization should do without. Remarkable performance can be achieved when the correct hosting is realized. Themeing a Drupal site is a joy when the right base theme is created or selected. The end result of a finished product is a website/product and backing CMS that will run near flawlessly for years on end.

What do you dislike?

The learning curve for developers (arrays of doom) and end users is a bit jagged, but not impossible, at it's core Drupal is remarkably simple and powerful. Versions 6 and 7 are stable beyond expectation, version 8 is rapidly becoming the way forward, but still needs some major work in certain areas (media module). Organizations do have an up front development cost which might be too steep and without in house expertise in one area or another it may look like the least likely of candidates for CMS selection.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be ready to make significant investment in staffing hours to support Drupal or select from one of the many 3rd party development/hosting/support vendors that are widely available .

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Establishing web presence and expanding and extending enterprise level services to the public.

Drupal review by Jaclyn M.
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"Great way to add features to your website"

What do you like best?

It provides a way for someone to easily make updates to a site without knowing HTML. Someone can create a basic site in Drupal for someone else, and that person only needs to click "edit" to make instant changes to any page. It also allows for vast customization of a website, including almost any feature you can think of just by installing a module.

What do you dislike?

It can take a while to learn. Someone who already knows HTML, and/or is comfortable with new technology should not have a problem. But tech novices may find it too difficult. You also need to plan for regularly updating the software, as there are frequent security patches in Drupal that need to be installed.

Recommendations to others considering the product

When using Drupal, be prepared to spend quite a bit of time learning how it works, and playing around with the features. You have to think of Drupal more in terms of a database, made up of individual pieces of content called "nodes," rather than in terms of a static site made up of individual pages. You'll also need to complete several setup tasks at the beginning, such as choosing a theme (or downloading/installing a different theme), filling in the site title/slogan/logo, and deciding what features and modules are important for the site to have.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Drupal gave us the ability to incorporate extra features into our site, including a blog and an event calendar. It also allowed us to have a nice-looking site without having to have a professional designer.

Drupal review by Guy E.
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"Versatile content management system with the best user community out there"

What do you like best?

Drupal can be used for projects of any size -- you can use it to throw together a prototype of a small community site in a weekend, or follow community best practices to create an enterprise information system that serves 10,000+ users. The software make it possible to build almost any system you need, and the community-supported modules typically provide you with 60-80% of the features you need without having to write custom code. The Drupal community, and the community-driven development process, is one of the strongest open source communities you will ever find. The structure provides you with the information and support you need when you need it, while providing a way for you to contribute back whenever it is convenient for you. Often, when you have an issue, you can find a patch that others have contributed for you to get by while an official fix is prepared.

What do you dislike?

While Drupal can make hard things easy, it also has a tendency to make easy things hard. Community-provided Drupal modules often provide you with 60-80% of what you want, but in order to get your project working in a way that fits your requirements (or your customer's requirements), you have to write custom modules or patch bugs on your own. Sometimes to fix something that isn't working, you have to dig into parts of Drupal core or community modules that are terse and difficult to understand long sections of code that need refactoring. Often an issue you need fixed ends up being a known issue for which the community has been debating "the right fix" for several years. If you don't adopt best practices regarding source control, features, patch management, and staying up-to-date with new versions, you can end up creating a project with a lot of technical debt that is difficult to maintain without a large team.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider whether you just need a blog or single use-case system versus a full-blown information system. Drupal is not a good fit for single-user or single use-case sites because it requires a fair amount of time to setup to work the way you need. WordPress, Shopify, and Strikingly are all good platforms for smaller, simpler sites like those.

Conversely, if you do need a more custom or complex system, Drupal is a wonderful fit, if you're willing to put in the time to do things right. The more time you put in, the better the result. This includes:

- Taking the time to get to know the community.

- Adopting the recommended best practices for change management, and making extensive use of revision control.

- Whenever possible, keeping site structure and logic in code that you can commit to GIT rather than in the database. Content belongs in the database; structure belongs in code.

- Never hacking core code or module code, but being ready to adopt a patch management process when you do need to apply short-term patches until a full fix is ready for issues.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Drupal provides us with a way to build large, multi-user information systems without having to implement common functionality of user management, content management, or core architecture. It frees us to focus on the business problem at hand rather than on the low level architecture. It also provides well-defined interfaces between modules that ensure that most modules we find out in the community will work with other modules we use or write from scratch. Finally, Drupal provides a wealth of best practices and extension points to allow us to scale up what we build as our user bases scale.

Drupal review by Priya P.
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"Drupal is easy to use with the templates they have in place."

What do you like best?

I like how Drupal makes it easy to change the layout on a web page. It has different options for layouts and you can choose the one you want to use. I find this extremely helpful when designing web pages with lots of pictures.

What do you dislike?

I like that Drupal lets you quickly undo changes that have just been made. It lets you see who has last edited a certain page and what time. I also like that Drupal gives you a separate url for pdf's you upload. There is also a help section for when I have a question.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I maintain the website of a branch of the environmental center at CU Boulder. Drupal is easy so even students are able to make changes.

Drupal review by Tauseef M.
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"An underdog solution with full hidden potential"

What do you like best?

Drupal has it all business website, Ecommerce platform, personalization, social network sites, newsletters, resource directories, and many more. It's the most secure system in the market, only if you know what you doing compare to Wordpress. Drupal also has very good international scalability options. We are managing content in 4 different languages and they are seamlessly integrated at one place. From SEO perspective, drupal works like a charm, from load time to crawlability I have yet to encounter any bot issue associated with any search bot. Highly recommended for mid-large business, but always use a good hosting provider which is fully compatible with drupal .

What do you dislike?

Drupal is not fully aligned with all the Saas personalization solution in the market, and very much rely on very specific hosting providers like Acquia. There are some ongoing bugs in configuration like "server host name not valid", usage of multiple template to name couple. It's not easy to manage some common stuff in-house, as you need experience drupal developer to perform technical issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would recommend to gather your requirement and create a roadmap, then identify weather Drupal is the right solution for you. If you are in B2B world, drupal has seamless integration with top automation tool and CRM. I don't have any issue with API and scripts as well.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Web showcasing, content management, & personalization. From B2B perspective, this is one scalable solution from both sales and marketing side.

Drupal review by Bailey G.
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"Really great and powerful CMS"

What do you like best?

Drupal is an extremely powerful CMS and is far less easily hacked than any other platform in the world. From a development standpoint, you have much more access to anything you need than any other CMS's in my experience. There's really nothing Drupal can't do!

What do you dislike?

While Drupal has a ton of customization, it's often times hard to navigate the menu structure to get where you need to go. The thing you want to do doesn't always live in the most obvious place and Drupal uses terms specific to the platform so if you're used to one thing and switch over, it'll take some getting used to.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I personally prefer Drupal to any other CMS but it definitely has a learning curve! If you're coming from, say, Wordpress, it'll definitely be a bit of a challenge. I think it's worth it in the end once you're comfortable with it, for the security if nothing else! It's almost never hacked so your information is secure.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We built a distribution on Drupal using Pantheon and we are a web development and marketing company. So we use Drupal for all of our website build projects and our own company website. We find that it's just a better platform and we've tailored the features we need (and built) to our industry.

Drupal review by Ryan P.
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"Drupal 8's Rearchitecture is a productivity Win"

What do you like best?

With the Drupal 8 upgrade, the workflow of pushing configuration changes from a development server to a QA server and on to production is one of the biggest wins. Each configuration change can be stored in a YML file and checked in to a code repository - no more syncing databases. Great improvements have also been made to the authoring experience for content and block placement.

Extending Drupal has gotten modernized - the theme system now uses the powerful and secure Twig templating system, and the extension modules are now controlled using OOP practices like plugins, extending classes, interfaces, traits and default configuration is stored in YML files instead of needing to be custom coded.

Performance improvements are also everywhere - Drupal's core now include's Facebook's BigPipe technology for improved caching of content that does not change between page loads, allowing custom content sections to appear as they are generated, meaning the time to first render of the page is greatly improved.

Continuous improvement by the community - instead of going 5 years between major version releases, the Drupal community has committed to releasing new functionality in Drupal core every 6 months. All of these releases so far (4 minor releases since the launch of Drupal 8) have added essential functionality to Drupal, in the realm of accessibilty, authoring experience, content moderation and staging,

What do you dislike?

If your programmers were used to Drupal 6 or 7 development, there will be a bit of a learning curve - the content admin experience will be incredibly familiar, but the theming and module development has changed quite a bit.

Some popular Drupal 7 modules have not yet been ported to version 8, or have been obsoleted by new features in core or other community forces. 90% of what you need should exist, but some industry-specific features may need rearchitecting or paying a developer to port a module. This is not dissimilar from the last major feature upgrade.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Websites, Intranets, Product Catalogs, eCommerce, Crowdsourced content, Gamification, Publishing, Learning Management, CRM, Government services, and creating a web interface to applications that have none, or making a search-engine-friendly version of same.

Drupal review by Ben M.
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"The most flexible site-building tool out there!"

What do you like best?

Drupal can be almost all things to almost all people. It has nearly unlimited power under the hood, but it's presented in a way that a site builder (or anyone without coding experience) can build a custom site using the community's amazing modules and themes. It's more than a CMS! Drupal is also very easy to extend and write custom modules and themes for yourself.

What do you dislike?

It can be overly complicated. Building a Drupal site can sometimes be daunting and expensive because there is usually a "Drupal" way to do things which involves research and learning, and potentially community support.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try, but don't let initial impressions scare you off if it seems complex. There is a lot to take in, but there is a great community out there able to answer your questions and help you get started, and the payoff is worth the effort!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're building big, complex websites with Drupal that don't fit well into a simpler CMS such as WordPress. We're creating a "product" out of our work on the Drupal platform, allowing us to save time and standardize our development on a particular set of features. We support a large number of community modules as well as our own theme and are using it for every project which it makes sense for.

Drupal review by Dr. C. Michael S.
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"Powerful - Complex - CMS"

What do you like best?

I like that the administrator can have a variety of users with a broad spectrum of capabilities. If I only want a user to change photos or images on a certain page, I can limit them to that and not have to be concerned that they could even touch the original.

This CMS is better when it comes to large scale organizations' needs.

I like that it can be customized by the user / developer and that it is so powerful.

What do you dislike?

What I dislike - which keeps me from using it anymore - there are limitations to the amount of plugins and themes compared to WordPress. Additionally, the complexity of this CMS provides such a steep learning curve that it is difficult to teach this to university students (and that is my profession).

It isn't that themes don't exist, they do - however they are very pricey.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are considering Drupal, do so only if you have extra time, coding experience, and a good understanding of how CMS' work. I would suggest that you view other sites that have used it and see what you like and/or dislike - then, if possible, contact the web developer and ask some questions that may lead you into using it or not. At least you will have some insight.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Providing a website for clients that will allow the client to take over once the development has been completed and accepted. Additionally, it is a CMS to introduce to university students that are unaware of what a CMS is.

Drupal review by Madhu S.
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"Powerful and flexible"

What do you like best?

Drupal has 7 main advantages:

1) It's a bit like lego blocks, which makes it very flexible.

Drupal has a system of "modules" which you can add to your site to create new functions.

For example, the Commerce module lets you add shopping functions, the Membership module lets you do member based services, while the Video modules lets you host video clips.

Each of these modules are made up of small modules themselves, which ensures you only turn on the bits of the functions you need.

Better yet, you can mix and match the modules to produce things the original creators might have never thought of. For example, combine the Commerce, Membership and Video modules and you could create a paid for membership site of training videos.

2) It's very layered.

In Drupal, all the system code is in one layer, code to do with appearance (e.g. CSS, HTML) is another layer and custom modifications go in another layer.

This makes it very easy to change things. For example, you can change the entire layout of your site without having to modify the original content to adapt to it.

3) It's free

Remarkably, the core technology and all these modules are available for free. There are some themes that you have to pay for if you want to change the look of your site, but you can make your own themes and there are number of free themes as well.

4) Great user support

Drupal has a network of dedicated and helpful users who are willing to provide plenty of free help and support. There's also a good selection of free training videos on YouTube.

5) Plenty of updates

Drupal releases minor updates on a monthly basis which address any of bugs or security concerns that crop up. There are also major updates every 2-3 years, which radically change the functionality of the core system.

6) Portable code

Most code can easily be transferred between sites. So if you create a function on one site, you can move it to another without having to re-do it all from scratch.

7) Don’t need strong coding skills

Because Drupal has a module system, you can easily do quite a lot without needing to know how to code. It might not look and function exactly as you want, but it will be a decent effort.

What do you dislike?

Drupal has 2 main set backs:

1) It can get very complicated

The down side of all the flexibility, is that there are often 10 ways to do one thing in Drupal and it's not always clear which method is best. Often the only way you can find out is through experience. Which means your early Drupal projects might not be as good as they could be, as you cut your teeth on learning which methods are best for you.

2) Your code won’t last forever.

Every 2-3 years, Drupal releases a new major update which radically changes the functionality of the site. The plus side of this is that it makes Drupal better. The downside is that you will often have to completely re-write your custom code. Because these major updates change everything, you will often need to install new modules to replace old ones. Essentially you have to rebuild your site (thankfully all the content can be transferred over).

Upgrading isn't a requirement. But after a couple of years, the older versions of Drupal are no longer supported. So if building a Drupal site, expect to replace it in 3-5 years.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are need to turn around a project quickly and for a low price, Drupal is the perfect choice. It does have a steep learning curve but once you learn how to use it, you will save hours of time in the long run.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used Drupal to make several websites including:

A membership website people where can book appointments for swimming lessons with their children. After they have taken the lesson, the web site will let them download a video of their session. When they complete all the lessons, the web site will let them access a certifcate.

A karate website people where can purchase video downloads or DVDs of karate lessons

Severeal blogs that have community features such as forums, updates by email, plus automatically publishing of articles to social media

An design agency website which contains a catalogue of products and servcies.

All of these projects contain advance features. Producing these manually would have been very expensive and cost lost of time. But with Druapl, I was able to turn around the projects quickly and for a low cost.

Drupal review by Carlos L.
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"Drupal nos aporta muchos beneficios"

What do you like best?

Buscamos en drupal sin cabeza, con archivos estáticos en el servidor en vivo. La facilidad de crear contenido creado que se puede usar en varios lugares con etiquetado, etc. es increíble. Queríamos un sitio modular en el que pudiéramos captar aquellas secciones de contenido, incluso las dinámicas que extraen contenido en función de variables taxonómicas. Es mucho más rápido, requiere menos desarrollo y libera recursos para otras cosas. Al correr sin cabeza, el visitante de la web no tuvo que interactuar directamente con Drupal, solo se les sirvió los archivos. Este es uno de los dolores de cabeza que tuvimos con WP, también. Solo queremos que el contenido se cargue rápidamente.

What do you dislike?

Necesita tener sus plantillas y diseño en su lugar. No es súper flexible si necesita regresar y hacer cambios constantemente a las cosas globales.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Es un gran programa, recomendaría su uso.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Se liberaron recursos de desarrollo para proyectos más estratégicos (menos cosas que se rompen en menos lugares). Esto nos permitió asignar más recursos a proyectos que impulsan los ingresos.

Drupal review by Pablo L.
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"El sistema más robusto y flexible"

What do you like best?

La versatilidad de este programa es increíble, puedes crear desde pequeños blogs de una sola página hasta tiendas virtuales y portales complejos: Drupal puede hacerlo todo. Como editor, valoro cuántas opciones me da para presentar el contenido que quiero compartir y, si tengo una autorización, la facilidad de agregar nuevas opciones.

What do you dislike?

En la mayoría de los casos, no es la plataforma para principiantes totales. Puede hacer casi cualquier cosa desde Drupal, pero con la ayuda de un desarrollador experimentado. Pero, ¡hemos encontrado una solución!

Y, como la mayoría de las soluciones de código abierto, usted es responsable de actualizar su software. La compañía que desarrolla la plataforma puede hacer algunas modificaciones para que sea más segura, pero es su responsabilidad instalar todos los parches.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Hay muchas comparaciones en Internet entre diferentes plataformas. Por supuesto, si una agencia es mejor con Wordpress, dirá que Wordpress es mejor. Si su especialización es Joomla o Sitecore, esas plataformas ganarían. La verdad es que no hay nadie, respuesta clara cuál es mejor, ¡lo siento! Debe evaluar las opciones por su cuenta teniendo en cuenta la mayor de sus necesidades. Drupal, sin embargo, tiene muchas opciones de "prueba". Es posible que desee construir una demostración de su producto y ver si está bien. Además, hay muchas versiones de distribución que pueden ayudarlo con esto, es decir, Droopler o Thunder.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

La mayoría de nuestros problemas y problemas de nuestros socios comerciales se resuelven con Drupal. Desarrollamos nuestra propia página web od Rupal y es nuestra mejor publicidad. En lugar de escribir innumerables líneas de código, podemos construir páginas web complejas como las de los ladrillos de Lego: los módulos listos ahorran una gran cantidad de tiempo y evitan reinventar la rueda, una y otra vez.

Drupal review by Caroline K.
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"The Power of Drupal"

What do you like best?

I would have to say that one of my favorite things about Drupal is the ability to creative so many different permission levels. Having various users with access to the back end of our site, it has been amazing to be able restrict access that some users do not need. It has helped keep our content organized and consistent from page to page when users aren't able to create a page for a single paragraph or change the fonts and colors to something different from our brand.

What do you dislike?

The interface isn't drag and drop like other CMS. There is a bit of training involved when we first get users set up. Since our site was built with a custom theme, it is more difficult to make changes and updates to the site. We have to reach out to our developers to do that on the back end using GitHub. It would be nice, and faster, if I was able to do that myself. We also run into compatibility issues with some modules. We are not running on the most current version of Drupal so we've discovered that some developers have now turned their focus on modules for the current version so when we make updates to our version, some modules are no longer compatible with the version of Drupal we're running on.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do your research throughly before you choose a CMS. Understand its strengths and weaknesses fully. We thought we could build our Drupal site on our own, with just a couple novice and some Lynda tutorials. That's definitely not the case. Luckily, we were able to find an amazing company with Drupal experts who could help us get our site up and running. We never would have been able to without them. If you can find a wiz Drupal developer, I highly recommend it. It could be costly, but it will pay off in the end.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have used Drupal to create one cohesive, more simplified site. With various permission we can restrict the amount of access people have to create pages and content willy nilly. We have also created a workflow within Drupal that requires admin approval for all content to ensure everything is the highest quality and most professional before being published. We love that any feature we dream up for the site, our Developers can help us build it. It's entirely customizable.

Drupal review by Jean F.
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"Drupal - An "everything you need" publishing platform"

What do you like best?

Drupal is easy to integrate with others, it can be used to publish your blog, or you entire company´s website. The integration piece allows you to use the same platform with your customer service, or it can be used to authenticate your visitor´s on a hotspot page.

What do you dislike?

There is a initial learning curve and also you need to pay attention to the updates. And Drupal will tell you that there are updates. So after you finish your install, configure it correctly and keep it updated.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Spend some time practing before going live, it´s a whole new world!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

You can use Drupal to keep your documentation ready and searchable, you can also use it as an Intranet Portal, CRM or any other platform.

Drupal review by Richard A.
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"An Easy to Use CMS for the Non Technical "

What do you like best?

Relatively easy interface, lots of information about how to use Drupal is available on line, lots of additional user group add-ons are available because of the number of user groups currently active.

What do you dislike?

Drupal is not necessarily know for being cutting edge software, so some developers might turn up their nose at using it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely recommend Drupal, for both its ease of use and stability. Because the software is so popular, there are a number of developers creating APIs, and user groups area available if a user needs help using the software.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a content management system that would be relatively easy to support on the back-end, and easy to use, on the front-end, by non technical people. Drupal does help solve this problem.

Drupal review by Marcel K.
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"The system for beginners and pros alike"

What do you like best?

I think Drupal is easy to work with as a unexperienced user who has nearly no knowledge but can also used to build nearly everything for a professional worker. There are uncountable designs, modules and so on from various members of the community that you can use even without having perfect knowledge about them and how they work.

What do you dislike?

We had some issues with the newest version of Drupal but after some time we were experienced enough to go on with it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Recommended for everyone because the tool is so flexible that you can build with it what you want. And the fact that it is open-source (free to use) has to be mentioned, everyone can test it for themselves.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Mainly it is used to manage page contents for our company website.

Drupal review by Benard M.
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"SImpler than i thought at first"

What do you like best?

Drupal 8 has come with so many features but what i love the most is the security. When using it on pantheon, we got https (SSL) certificates with renewals

What do you dislike?

Nothing. I have used drupal 8 to implement a company website and it was way simpler than i took it to be. Especially the setup

Recommendations to others considering the product

The simplicity offered is astounding and this product is a great competition to other content management system in the market. I urge users to try it out.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have created our website on Drupal 8. It has never broken down the site, which may make clients loose trust with us

Drupal review by Mark T S.
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"It Does What It Needs To"

What do you like best?

We are able to manage five different websites on one CMS.

What do you dislike?

It is not very user friendly. The interface is not easy to navigate, the image upload process is confusing, and it is not very intuitive. Additionally, the editing tools are subpar compared to other CMS systems I have used.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you decide to use Drupal, I would recommend having an in house expert, because odds are you are going to need someone to build custom functions for you.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We aren't using Drupal to do anything out of the ordinary. We use it to host web content for a variety of elearning sites. I have found that it is extremely easy to edit meta tags.

Drupal review by Samantha N.
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"excellent CMS."

What do you like best?

The tool is ideal for those without experience in the design of HTML or advanced websites. Drupal will have an excellent API that, once it is learned, will help them develop in a way that takes advantage of many Drupal features that they would otherwise have to build, other open source CMS options come with many built-in assumptions about how the tool will be used or deployed. Drupal is finally flexible as a web development platform. Drupal has a handful of content workflow modules, calendar, a versatile ACL that you can define and a system configuration that, if you're ready for the task, allows you to define much of it on your own.

What do you dislike?

Drupal does come with a rather intimidating learning curve. Another problem with Drupal is that when it comes to continuous delivery, things get a bit muddy. The complexity increases as more and more developers participate in the project.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very good cms, it is integrated with a wide variety of software - platforms. It has a lot of customization capacity.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have used Drupal to build your internal training portal and manage your sales force.

Drupal review by Kerianne O.
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"Needed tool in marketing agency"

What do you like best?

Easy for everyone to work on and collaborate with. Easy to distribute content, organize pages, and keep everything as organized to your liking. This product is what you make it.

What do you dislike?

It's hard to think of what there's not to like about a software that does exactly what it should and nothing more or less. I would maybe have to argue about the design/layout of some of the functions/menu. It can be a little odd at times.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great for ease of use, and for clients who have large amount of content/products that need a reliable platform for their company webpage.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Almost all big-time, large content websites at my old marketing agency were created with Drupal. As a graphic designer, it was easy for me to log in, and add/edit content that I needed to. I have limited knowledge of HTML and CSS, but it was super easy for me to use and navigate.

Drupal review by User in Hospital & Health Care
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"User friendly even for non-web developers"

What do you like best?

You'll be able to use Drupal as long as you know basic HTML and understand the back end of a website.

We migrated from DNN and it’s a world of difference. DNN is extremely buggy and difficult both on the back end and for website visitors. So it’s a huge improvement in comparison to that.

I like that it’s easy to find pages and content (though this is more of a theme-specific note).

Their media/file uploading method is awful. I really hope it’ll get fixed and become more intuitive soon.

We can also add security to a test site, to ensure we don’t have unauthorized users accessing content before it’s ready for the public.

What do you dislike?

You definitely need a dedicated web developer to set up your Drupal site. For smaller businesses, a drag-and-drop site like Squrespace, Wix or Weebly is a much better choice

We’re on the latest version – 8.0 – and it’s got a few bugs and missing functionality. Even simple things like pop-ups are difficult to implement with our Drupal theme.

Media and file uploads are more complex than they should be. Wish it was easy to update and replace files. I heard it’s an upcoming fix, though.

The modules are not foolproof and completely user-friendly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If switching from DNN, switch immediately! Drupal has a huge amount of advantages over DNN.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

When we used DNN, pages frequently broke, disappeared or bugged out. Thankfully, Drupal is much more reliable. We can also revert pages, etc. if requirements change.

The overall business benefit is an easier-to-use website for users – internal and external.

It’s less frustrating and time-consuming to update our website. I can see us being able to train non-web-savvy team members to do simple updates as needed, if they need the flexibility of immediate updates.

Drupal review by Devashish G.
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"Best CMS available for free"

What do you like best?

I used it regularly and i like it very much, some of its best features are:

-Highly optimized CMS

-Very Awesome features available in this cms in core like Views, services, rest api, hul, etc.

-Very easy to use

-Its backend is very organized

-very fast

-can be used for data management also called headless drupal

-Its 8 version is awesome because of oops.

What do you dislike?

nothing till now which i dislike as there was no oops concept in drupal 7 but its latest version i.e drupal 8 had removed all its negative points, i would say must use it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Best CMS to use in opensource.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We made LMS, corporate sites, intranet protals, company website usning this cms. Would say this is solution for every data-modeling problem because it has very awesome db structure and tables view.

Drupal review by Mark D.
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"Drupal provides a back-end framework for websites, blogs, Use Drupal for website content management "

What do you like best?

Very Easy to use with simple steps to set up web pages . Also very convenient to allow team members to edit and update pages by themselves. Features include user account registration and maintenance, menu management, RSS feeds, taxonomy, page layout customization, and system administration.

What do you dislike?

Nothing really , The core Drupal distribution provides a number of features, including:[52]

Access statistics and logging

Advanced search

Blogs, books, comments, forums, and polls

Caching and feature throttling for improved performance

Descriptive URLs

Multi-level menu system

Multi-site support[53]

Multi-user content creation and editing

OpenID support

RSS feed and feed aggregator

Security and new release update notification

User profiles

Various access control restrictions (user roles, IP addresses, email)

Workflow tools (triggers and actions)

Recommendations to others considering the product

Drupal.org has a large community of users and developers who provide active community support

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Building a website easily that is maintainable over time. The administration of the framework requires no programming skills

Drupal review by Amir N.
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"A powerful CMS for advanced users"

What do you like best?

Drupal was one of the first content management systems and is probably the most powerful. Along with Wordpress and Joomla is among the most popular CMS system still.

The mains pros of Drupal are:

* open source. actively maintained and improved code by a large developer community

* Flexibility: there are many modules available to extend your website, but if there isn't one ready, you can write your own or extend an existing module.

* A great community for support. the Drupal forums are active and you can post questions or problems you encounter over there, and mostly you get a quick reply from another Drupal user.

* Security is a top concern, the developers had security in mind while creating the system and they release a quick fix for any security issue found.

* supported by many hosting companies without the need to manually install it

* performance improved in the latest versions. can handle large sites and can scale as your site grows.

* Free...

What do you dislike?

Drupal is not the CMS of choice for beginners. To get the most out of it you should know HTML, Javascript and PHP.

Getting started may take some time, and in many cases you are better off writing your own module than using a ready made one.

There are better options (and currently more popular) for simple sites for users with no programming experience ( Wordpress , Joomla)

No free hosting (both Wordpress and Joomla have that option)

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Drupal to developers. none-technical users should use a more user friendly CMS such as Wordpress for simple sites or Joomla for more adanced sites.

There is also the option to use services like Acquia which distribute a version of Drupal they maintain which is good for Drupal beginners.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I've used Drupal for creating full websites that includes users management and e-commerce but also it is great for a quick mock-up website with full functionality in order to show a proof of concept to a potential client.

Drupal review by Shannon D.
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"Calm down and clear the cache"

What do you like best?

The websites I maintain (from the content side) are all on Drupal, so I had to learn it in a hurry. I've worked on both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8, and feel confident discussing them both.

1. Multiple ways to solve most issues.

2. Clearing the cache fixes lots of quirks.

3. Easy to config from the content/layout side.

4. Open source means there's lots of support online.

5. WYSIWYG will be comfortable and familiar to most people who've worked on a website before. Maybe not as much as WordPress, but then the Drupal v. WordPress battle rages on.

6. Did I mention open source? Modules, modules everywhere! If you need an enhancement, there's a module out there for it.

What do you dislike?

1. Nodes are weird to get used to. Anything can be a node. Node = chunk of content.

2. The Preview button is useless.

3. The backend could really be more user-friendly for content managers, although D8 has made many improvements. (I was stoked for in-line editing, but even that only works for certain fields.)

4. Multiple ways to solve most issues means admins can argue over whose way is best.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We maintain a suite of sites on Drupal, and it works well for us. This includes a templated "site in a box" product, which allows us to deploy a site quickly and reliably. All of us on the team being proficient in Drupal means we work well together and can work on multiple sites, since the backend is largely the same.

Drupal review by Brianna D.
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"Powerful, flexible, scalable and awesome!"

What do you like best?

I love that Drupal is extremely flexible and can pretty much be customized for any situation. There are plenty of contrib modules available that allow you to customize the site easily, and between those and the core modules you can pretty much build any type of website you need!

What do you dislike?

It's definitely a bit hard to get started with Drupal, especially as a developer. There are so many options and it requires so much customization that it can be a bit difficult to get started. Once you understand all of the right modules to use and how to use them, developing in Drupal becomes a breeze!

Recommendations to others considering the product

I'd suggest you have a developer that knows Drupal. If you're a developer, give it some time to learn and play around with the different core modules and contrib modules. It's going to take some time to learn all of the in's and out's of Drupal, but it'll be well worth it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Developing websites in Drupal might take a bit longer and a bit more effort in the beginning, but it allows for the website to be much more scalable down the line. It also allows you to keep your website much more secure.

Drupal review by Laryn K.
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"Flexible and scalable"

What do you like best?

Drupal excels at being a flexible, scalable base to build and grow on. You can easily customize content types and fields, and then make custom dynamic Views of your content.

Permissions are very granular and you can create multiple roles with different permissions for your users.

What do you dislike?

The massive changes with every major release can make it an expensive choice in terms of updates. Drupal 8 appears to be catering more towards the Enterprise rather than the small and medium sized nonprofits I usually work with, which is a disappointment.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider Backdrop CMS also.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Drupal allows extreme flexibility with content and allows very detailed ways of adding content and cross-referencing with customizable categories/terms. Content can be added once and used in multiple places.

Drupal review by Elizabeth F.
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"Sometimes frustrating"

What do you like best?

Most of the features are intuitive and the interface is better than most. Some features, however, are next to impossible to find unless you already know exactly where to look in the menus.

What do you dislike?

I REALLY hate it when Drupal seems to know how I want my pages formatted better than I do. Anytime I edit a page, no matter how small the change, I have to check and make sure the interface hasn't changed the spacing, font, or font size all on its own. It's maddening!

There are also some intermediate html features that are flat out unavailable, like jump cuts, which is nonsense.

I would also like to be able to save my own formatting presets.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be prepared for sacrificing options for ease of use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Relative ease of information dissemination. It is an easier interface than most, but with certain maddening exceptions.

Drupal review by Gopinath M.
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"Drupal - Very Powerful Opensource CMS"

What do you like best?

Drupal is built on opensource PHP language. It is free to use.

What do you dislike?

Actually, nothing to dislike in Drupal Software.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Drupal is very to install, configure and use. As drupal is a opensource, it has lots of community support. It has lots of modules. With those modules, we can get any functionality over core drupal.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Drupal is used to develop websites with all dynamic functionalities like forms, user management etc. Admin panel is very easy to use. We can build websites very easily in short time range. Most of the website customization can be handled from admin panel itself.

Drupal review by Agency in Internet
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"Drupal for all your needs!"

What do you like best?

Drupal is "built on the shoulders of giants" and is our favorite solution for CMS. The modular functionality gives us the ability to create custom website solutions for clients while using projects created by the community.

What do you dislike?

Because so many projects are individually funded, sometimes updates are not timely and/or support is nonexistent. Also sometimes a module will update and break custom code that we have written.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Drupal 8 has lost the speed advantage, so beware. I'm still a fan because of the great flexibility in creating custom sites for our clients.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our favorite implementation of Drupal was for an artist who really wanted a variety of visual ways to tell her story. We created zoomable images that work like a Google map to showcase her murals. We created embedded slideshows, ability for her to easily gang up 2 or more photos in a horizontal line... and all fully responsive!

Drupal review by Gediminas B.
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"A reliable and secure CMS"

What do you like best?

Drupal has been known for having outstanding security, especially when compared to other content management system, just as Joomla or WordPress. While it does require a bit more knowledge to use to full potential, it is still an amazing website creation tool and has good documentation to help you with everything.

What do you dislike?

While not a very big con, this CMS requires a bit technical knowledge to bring out the full potential, meaning that completely new users could have a harder time using it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The software itself is free, so there is really no point not to try it. If you have been considering it, give it a go. I'm sure you will not regret it

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The biggest problem that it has helped me solve is security risks. It's been much more reliable in that factor compared to other popular CMSes.

Drupal review by User in Higher Education
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"Drupal is Awesome for Non-Programmers"

What do you like best?

It's intuitive and easy to use for individuals who need to be able to access site backends but don't have a programming degree. My web coordinator was able to set up dummy content blocks and also leave instructions in the block, so if I had to build a new page without her (I have) all I really had to do was follow directions.

What do you dislike?

It's daunting when you haven't used it before.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Take the time to have someone go over everything with you and set up the modules you need to work with. I am not great at creating modules/pages from scratch, but if you have your web person dummy them out, then it's easy to add without help.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I needed to be able to make changes quickly without having to go through a web coordinator.

Drupal review by Ron H.
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"Built to Last"

What do you like best?

Drupal sites can be built and run like a Ferrari, yet have the reliability of safety of a Mercedes. It's definitely a tool for the organizations that need to stand out from their competition and require high performance. I like the fact there are no yearly licensing fees and there isn't a new version or upgrade every year.

What do you dislike?

I wish it was easier for marketing people to learn and administrate. I would like to see Drupal focus more on the tools that help marketers and less on the tools that get developers excited.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Drupal is an advanced tool, you wouldn't bring your Ferrari to a Ford dealer, you shouldn't ask your creative agency either. One more item, Drupal shouldn't be used for every web property. My organization deploys a number of Wordpress sites for pure marketing purposes. Drupal is fine dining to Wordpress's fast food.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have a business that requires me to stay ahead of my competition. I accomplish this through continuous innovation and tireless dedication to providing my visitors with advanced digital tools. I work very hard and invest a good deal of money in attracting visitors to my web properties, they have to be impressed or they will leave. Changing images and words aren't enough, lazy marketers will figure this out some day. I need to stay ahead of the competition and Drupal is the only platform that allows me to iterate and innovate quickly. Content delivery is getting more difficult with the advancement mobile not to mention VR and AR, I need to be flexible to adapt to the market. Drupal wins this battle hands down!

Drupal review by amit k.
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"Drupal is a very user friendly Web Content Management System"

What do you like best?

Drupal is a very user friendly Web Content Management System, it has open modules which can be accessed by all users in an open forum and suggest different features making it upgrade every now and then..

What do you dislike?

Some of the integration touch points are not that great and ecommerce module is not very exhaustive, which they can work on and improve. Also upgrade from 7-8 takes a lot of time close to one year..

Recommendations to others considering the product

Improve Quickly and keep upgrading on daily basis for the patches added

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It makes it very easy to plug and play with modules and you can contribute for modules as well, which makes it easy for user to solve problems

Drupal review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Feature rich CMS"

What do you like best?

Drupal as a CMS gives many types of contents like statistics, text, polls, blogs and much more.

It is an open source platform for Content Management.

It means we are getting a CMS working in a simple yet that too in almost no cost.

(If you are using some paid Apps or themes, it will be the only cost you have to give.)

It gives complex page structuring.

We can manage the content with URL address.

We can make the easy categorization.

Also, there are numbers of plugins(Apps) available for almost every functionality needed.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing much, but I can mention some things like:

The hard installation process - Drupal is not that easy to install and setup as compared to other CMS.

The Customization - For any modification in any script, you must have advance knowledge of HTML, PHP along with CSS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are first time user, have some patience.

Choose it only if you have well-defined requirements.

Don't consider that you will do the customizations and it will work,

It takes the really great experience to customize CMS like DRUPAL.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I have used it for API integration in my project.

The complex structuring is the thing that helped us to keep our data secure.

It's secure, feature rich and complicated to modify CMS.

Drupal review by Ashley F.
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"Great for large enterprises "

What do you like best?

I liked the customizability of Drupal and how much we were able to create custom templates for our organization.

What do you dislike?

Drupal requires a very niche knowledge set and our team was very specialized and unable to be utilized for other areas of the company to be "heavy hitters" as engineers cannot pick up the knowledge required for Drupal.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure initially you work with qualified consultants to help you with your initial set up to have success.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed to have a customized CMS that was enterprise grade and no longer something that was a custom build. We needed editors, marketers across the globe to be able to manage their own content with their own timelines that were easy and simple for them to update while adhering to a

Drupal review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"Excellent Open Source Web Content Management System "

What do you like best?

It is totally updated and as it is open source individuals like me contribute to the drupal community either by giving comments or problems they face or by new code or module to the Drupal community. Some of the modules such as the SOLR search API Integration and SMAC integration is simply the best with the Drupal Community upgrades

What do you dislike?

The ecommerce part i.e. the Drupalcommerce is not as strong as the other open source ecommerce WCMS like the magento or joomla. The Reports & Dashboard can be a little more fancier and with more analysis in the future.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's up to date and the version of Drupal is also been upgraded every now and then.. You don't have to upgrade from one version to other everytime. You can wait for the version and update it every alternate times..The latest now is Drupal 8.6.1 with latest patch release on Drupal 8

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The modules that are available are in plenty and the Social media integration has helped us a lot in our project to do a thorough analysis and perform digital marketing activities accordingly

Drupal review by Jenny H.
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"Web content management"

What do you like best?

I began using Drupal in November of 2015 through our agency's internet site and we recently implemented it for our intranet site. The tool is great for those without HTML or advanced web site design experience. The ability to limit rights and roles and assign publishing access is essential.

What do you dislike?

If you have previous experience with other content management systems like DotNetNuke, you may be disappointed in the built in modules and infrastructure. The web forms are not

Recommendations to others considering the product

Determine roles and permissions ahead of time and define those so that there are no misunderstandings regarding access.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ultimately this enables the control of content by limiting who posts what. You can assign permissions to your staff based on their role in the workflow. This has eliminated rogue content from being published.

Drupal review by User in Aviation & Aerospace
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"The Benefits of Drupal"

What do you like best?

We looked into headless drupal, with static files out on the live server. The ease of getting content created that can be used in multiple places with tagging, etc is awesome. We wanted a modular site where we could grab those content sections, even dynamic ones that pull content in based on taxonomic variables. It is so much faster, takes less development, and freed up resources for other things. Running headless, the web visitor didn't have to interact with Drupal directly, they are just served up the files. This is one of the headaches we had with WP, too. We just want the content out there loading quickly.

What do you dislike?

You need to have your templates and design in place. It's not super flexible if you need to be going back and making changes constantly to the global stuff.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It freed up development resources for more strategic projects (less things breaking in less places). This allowed us to allocate more resources to projects that boost revenue.

Drupal review by Administrator
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"Versatile and powerful CMS with a large community (but heavy as well)"

What do you like best?

Drupal is a great framework and CMS for those that need a complex solution but don't want to code from the ground up or code at all. The large list of modules (plugins) available allow you to find a solution to almost any feature you request or think. And even if that weren't the case, it is easy to find programmers that could create a module for your needs. Ecommerce, organic groups, layouts, views and many other challenges are solvable without the need to write a single line of code. Constant updates make the CMS very future proof and safe.

What do you dislike?

The CMS in itself is quite heavy if you start to add too many modules. However, this can be optimized and reduced, other CMS offer better loading times. The learning curve is quite steep as well. It's not a CMS for everyone, but it's a great tool to tackle complex systems.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ecommerce environment is fantastic and the best one in my opinion in terms of Open Source and free solutions out there.

Drupal review by Edward P.
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"The Best Framework For Enterprise Website Development"

What do you like best?

Drupal is written in PHP and has positioned itself as an advanced web applications development "Framework." This means if you have professional developers to help, you can build awesome website software and apps with advanced features without starting from scratch. Out of the box you get best-in-class security, user management, content types, and infinitely customizable functionality via a well documented Modules system. Drupal has a robust and rapidly growing community of developers worldwide.

What do you dislike?

For some applications, Drupal can deliver bloated code that may be better addressed by custom coding. Drupal is a professional enterprise level solution. This means it is not well-suited for development requirements with short timelines and/or low budgets.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Perfect for custom web-based solutions with complex functional, user administration, security, and systems integration requirements.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Teams I have been a member of have used Drupal to develop a range of custom web-based solutions including: B2C and B2B websites; a mobile app code activation system; sales qualification tools; asset allocation and portfolio builder tools.

Drupal review by Cory F.
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"Excellent platform for complex sites"

What do you like best?

Drupal is a PHP CMS (platform) that is complex for developers but simple for content editors. I call it a platform because it is meant for much more than just basic CMS work. In addition to CMS's I've also built eCommerce sites, directories, portals, and web service providers with it. Drupal's real light shines in its contributed modules. With 30,000 modules that are contributed to the community you can find just about anything you want.

For developers, Drupal will have an excellent API that, once learned, will help them develop in ways that leverage many Drupal features that they would otherwise have to build. This allows for easy "hooking" into other functionality and maintaining very secure standards.

For businesses, it has a fairly mature set of capabilities once contributed modules are installed. Drupal has a handful of content workflow modules, calendaring, a versatile ACL that you can define, and a system setup that, if you're up to the task, lets you define much of it yourself.

What do you dislike?

Drupal is very complex. I tend to lean towards WordPress websites unless the site is very complex. If there are things like complex users systems/ACL I will switch to Drupal, however development time in Drupal just takes longer because it's more of a platform than a CMS which handles many things for you.

Drupal's upgrade path has drastic changes for major versions. Going from v6 to v7 was a total site rebuild, and moving to v8 is going to be the same. This often leads to some great new features, or fixing problems with past versions, but it really makes me reconsider the CMS each time this rebuild has to happen.

While the development community is strong, it pales in comparison to the direction that WordPress is going and the pace as well.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There is a learning curve for developers. You are likely not going to use Drupal out of the box, so make sure you have the business plan & people in place to build and maintain the site while enabling employees to invest themselves in the community for continued development.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Complex business websites, CMS's, portals, eCommerce systems. The benefits are a very specific and prescriptive API that allows for secure development.

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