Okay, okay, you keep saying Drupal! What is it?
I'm glad you asked because I love talking about Drupal!
So, at the most basic level, websites are created with the intention of getting some sort of information to the consumers of that site. In the past the challenge for site owners has been how to keep their site content up-to-date and fresh without having to learn programming skills. These days there are many pre-packaged solutions called "content management systems" to make updating and managing a site much easier.
Drupal is called an "open source" system because thousands of people around the world openly work together to create code and release it for all of us to use. The success of Drupal relies on people giving back to the community through coding, testing, and helping in any way possible. I'm proud to say that I contribute to the Drupal community and strive to continue doing that.
So right out of the gate you have a basic system in place that will allow you to update and manage content as your organization grows. Of course a plain, basic, system won't set you site apart from your competitors, and that is why you may want to enlist the help of a trusted professional.
Wait you said there are many systems. Why Drupal over the others?
Indeed, there are many flavors of content management systems out there - including the very popular WordPress platform. The key to choosing the correct system depends largely on the goals for your site. It is important to have a clear understanding of your goals before building a site, and that is something I can help you with.
While WordPress was initially created to be a blogging platform and has been adapted to achieve success for some larger sites, Drupal was created to go beyond blogging and become an enterprise-level CMS. Drupal is well designed to handle large amounts of content and rival the capabilities of the largest proprietary content management systems. Drupal can accomodate multiple user accounts with endless support for user roles and permissions. Drupal's security features are key to its success and is one of the most secure open-source frameworks available. I chose to align myself with Drupal because of its ability to serve both small sites, say a simple brochure-style site, all the way up to high level enterprise sites like The Weather Channel, NBC, and the White House.
If your goals includes growth, then Drupal is worth your serious consideration. Remember the large community of developers I talked about? Those developers have created over 31,000 modules to integrate with Drupal in almost every way imaginable meaning there are countless ways to expand your website. And if your site needs something that hasn't been developed yet, well, I can help with that too.
You make a strong case for Drupal. I think we should talk more.
Yup, I agree. Contact me!