An Introduction to Drupal
Managing your website means handling the technical aspects of web administration. With a first class hosting company and superior hardware, you can do that easily enough – even if you don’t have a ton of technical know-how.
Just as important, though, is managing your content. Content management systems are designed to streamline this process and make it easy for you to create, share, and monitor your online content. At Localnode, one of our favourites is Drupal.
What is Drupal and why should you use it? In this post, we’ll explain why we feel Drupal is a good choice for content management, what features it offers, and why you may want to consider it as your content management system.
What is Drupal?
Drupal is a web-based content management system or CMS. We provide superior software for our clients, and Drupal is a content management solution that we feel good about recommending.
It may interest you to know that Drupal is the number one platform for web content management among:
- Global enterprises
- Educational institutions
You can use Drupal to publish a single website or to share content across multiple sites and devices. It’s flexible, highly scalable, and can handle all your content management needs.
Some of the companies and organisations that use Drupal include the University of Minnesota, Gatwick Airport, The Economist, and Greenpeace.
What Are Drupal’s Features?
One of the reasons we recommend Drupal is that it’s open source software that offers an array of useful features to help you manage your content across all platforms and devices. Here are some of the features we like best.
One of the best things about Drupal is that it’s scalable and can handle content management for even the most highly-trafficked websites. Whether your site gets heavy traffic every day or experiences occasional spikes in traffic, Drupal will work for you.
You can use Drupal to build mobile responsive web sites. It’s also useful for building web applications that will work equally well across all devices – that’s essential if you want to connect with your customers and target audience. Drupal supports best practices for responsive design as well.
One thing we really like about Drupal is that it uses WYSIWYG design so you can see immediately how your content will look once you publish it. You don’t need to have a lot of technical know-how to create great-looking content that your users will love.
Integrated Digital Applications
One of the biggest challenges of managing digital marketing content is integrating digital technology and other applications. Drupal is built to integrate with a wide variety of applications, making it easy for you to use the tools you love – and adopt new ones as they become available. Drupal also has an API-first focus so you can connect your content to other sites and applications.
Security is important in any CMS. Bad actors and hackers are constantly working to undermine security, and the Drupal application framework will protect your site and prevent security breaches. If you look at Drupal’s site, you’ll see that leading corporations, brands, and governments rely on Drupal because of its attention to detail and high-security standards.
Drupal providers users with intuitive content authoring tools to use for content creation, workflow, and publishing. You’ll be able to create permissions for other users to manage your editorial workflows. You’ll also get detailed previews so you can check out your content on any device before you publish it.
Flexible Content Architecture
You can use the Drupal Admin interface to create the perfect content architecture for your website. Choose the content you want to display in any context using its display mode tools and Views. You can manage media types including images, video, and more – and their customizable menus help you to create an optimal user experience across multiple devices.
Multisite Content Management
If you manage content for a large organisation with multiple sites, it’s important to choose a content management solution that will work for you across all your websites. Drupal can manage sites in multiple languages and hardware on a single platform, making it easy to create and deploy new sites and content.
Content as a Service
Finally, Drupal offers content as a service. To be effective, your content must flow freely to your websites, native apps, connected devices, and social networks. Drupal allows you maximum content flexibility, so you can deliver your content exactly how you want it.
In addition to the capabilities we’ve listed here, Drupal has other features that make it the most reliable and flexible content management solution around. You can find a full list of its features and capabilities here.
How to Get Started with Drupal
By now, you may be wondering how to get started with Drupal and experience its content management features for yourself.
You have three options. The first is to get a free demo of Drupal so you can try it out and see if it’s the right CMS for your organisation. It can take less than 20 minutes to download and install a demo.
The second option is to download Drupal onto your computer. Drupal is a free, open-source software, which means there’s no risk involved in trying it. You can visit their website here and download it.
The next option is to install Drupal through Softaculous. Softaculous is superior software, having one-click script installation. Softaculous is provided to all of our clients you can easily find Softaculous in your cPanel.
Once you’ve downloaded Drupal, we recommend familiarising yourself with its features. You can do that by checking out some of the free online tutorials that are available. Drupal also provides a comprehensive and useful glossary on its site, and you can use that to find answers to your questions.
After that, you’ll be ready to start building your website with Drupal. Earlier, we mentioned that Drupal uses WYSIWYG technology, which means that you’ll be able to view your site as you go and see exactly how your content will look when it’s completed.
Drupal works perfectly with Localnode’s superior network and first class hosting. You can use it to manage every aspect of your content creation and distribution to ensure a seamless experience for every user, whether they access your content on your website, a mobile app, or on social media.
There’s a reason we recommend Drupal to our first class hosting clients. We know that using the right tools is essential for an efficient website and content management. After all, if your target audience can’t view your content the way you want them to, you may miss out on your chance to convert them into paying customers.
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