Drupal as a CMS

Daniel Nitsche, Ladoo’s Principal Drupal Developer, discusses Drupal and why you should consider it as a CMS.

Daniel Nitsche, Principal Drupal Developer, in the Ladoo office

Drupal is an open-source and free content-management framework, which has a community of more than 1.3 million members, including 109,000 who actively contribute to Drupal’s ecosystem. Drupal is built on and utilises other open-source projects and technologies like PHP, the Symfony framework, MySQL/MariaDB, and Apache/Nginx.

As open-source software with a large contributor base, Drupal has a focus on being open, flexible, and easy to customize. Thousands of active users review code independently to ensure high quality and there are many options for plugins and modules. It’s always a great sign when open-source software has a passionate and committed community as there are high expectations for software performance and functionality.

Drupal’s community builds with a focus on user experience and ensures that content creators and marketers can use the integrated visual editor to navigate the site or use the new on-page editor. They have also released multilingual and globalization support to help deliver a better global experience. Integrations include: email, analytics, marketing automation, and other digital tech solutions.

Drupal 8 is the latest version and is billed as the new standard for creating incredible digital experiences. It takes into account the current digital landscape and caters to more dynamic user cases, featuring responsiveness, content, distribution and authorship.

Australian Government and Drupal

In 2014, The Department of Finance requested proposals for a ‘GovCMS’. The CMS needed to be based on Drupal and delivered through a public cloud service. This paved the way for other government departments in Australia to consider Drupal as a CMS platform.

Before GovCMS was launched, the department identified a large number of government websites that were dependent on restricted frameworks, external maintenance and “consume significant resources from either the internal IT department, or through an external hosted arrangement”.

The Australian Government has a responsibility to provide high quality digital services to the public and outsourcing all technical frameworks isn’t sustainable long term. The department backed up their choice of Drupal as a framework by discussing the long term challenges when using licensed and restricted software.

“Many websites also use commercially licensed software, which incur annual maintenance costs to keep up to date. The website survey, and interviews conducted through the feasibility study found that many small agencies do not have the resources to ensure that Commonwealth website standards around security accreditation and accessibility obligations are maintained.”

Why you should consider Drupal

If you’re not already convinced, here are some more reasons to consider Drupal for your next digital project:

  1. More accessible than ever: Drupal 8 ships with extensive support for WCAG 2.0, even when content is dynamic, and adopts more WAI-ARIA practices than ever before.
  2. Ready for the next generation of web applications: websites are rarely built in isolation, they need to interact and integrate with multiple other systems. Drupal is built with open principals in mind and allows you to easily expose your content to other systems, as well extending its functionality through thousands of community contributed modules.
  3. Making compelling content is easier than ever: use the power of Drupal’s content, taxonomy and layout systems, you can focus create compelling and dynamic content in record time, and with minimal training.
  4. No licensing fees: in their words: “ There are no licensing fees, ever. Drupal will always be free.”

Contact us to find out more about how you can migrate to Drupal or use it to build your next solution.