Drupal is free, open source that allows end users to edit their content, update their content, delete their content, manage their content, and organize their content at ease. It is written in PHP and the database technology used is MySQL.
Content Management System in Web Development.
Web design and development has touched new pinnacle with a tremendous development in the web technology. If we look at the statistics of web design then we will come to know how HTML1.0 to present HTML 5.0 came into existence. The remarkable development occurred in the web design with the introduction of content management system that predominantly incorporates WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, and Magento.
Here, WordPress is suited for simple web design with the use of templates, but if you are looking for complex web design with range of e-commerce applications then Drupal is the best option to opt for. The article present here primarily focuses upon Drupal, which is an open source content management system with a diversified range of e-commerce applications. It also throws light on various pros and cons associated with Drupal.
Endless Forms of Customization
Drupal allows you incorporate all the applications that you can ever imagine. You can easily manage, organize, and publish your desired content. The striking feature about Drupal is that it offers endless forms of customization and supports the latest technologies, the web is supposed to offer. Drupal is distributed under GNU General Public License and is written in PHP (Drupal 6 requires PHP 4.4.0 and Drupal 7 requires 5.2.5). Drupal is also called as content management framework because of its modular design and plugins extensibility. The database technology that is used for storing the content are Microsoft SQL Server, SQ Lite, Postgre SQL, MariaDB, MySQL, and Mongo DB – to name a few.
Latest Versions and Core Modules
Drupal 7 is rich with internet applications such as removing duplicate or null tags, image handling, form labeling, color contrast, drag and drop functionality, and search engine form and presentation. It was on 19th December 2012, the latest version of Drupal which is Drupal 7.18 is released. It fixes all the critical vulnerabilities, the earlier version were carrying. Drupal carries core modules with wide range of features namely advanced search, access statistics and logging, blogs, forums, multilevel menu system, RSS feed, user profiles, access control restrictions, and workflow tool – to name a few.
Drupal also faces certain criticism such as, the interface of Drupal is confusing and there are usability problems, it has overlapping functionality that is difficult to master, there are incompatibilities in documentation, and it is slower as compared WordPress – to name a few.
Though Drupal have some restrictions but it is still widely used because it is a freely available open source web development platform and you can very easily upload your new content. The other striking feature about Drupal is that it is search engine friendly and you can very easily organize, manage, and update your content, without any intervention of a technical professional. Last but not the least, Drupal helps you to get a website that is limitless and without boundaries.
You can use templates of WordPress for simple web design and more specifically for blogging. But, on the contrary if you are looking for rich internet applications with an advanced electronic commerce application then Drupal is the one of the best choices for solving your needs and requirements. Here, you will get an easy interface with user-friendly shopping cart development. Now, I hope you have got good understanding about the various types of formats available for attractive and creative web design.