We love Drupal!
Well, Grant loves the Drupal cms, and his passion for the open source Content Management System (CMS) is enough for us all.
We are proud users of the robust open source Drupal CMS as the basis for many of our sites.
What is Drupal?
Drupal can be grouped with other open source CMS you may have heard of, like Wordpress, Joomla!, or Concrete5. Over the last 7 years, we've explored these common CMS as well as other alternatives to arrive at our position today. Drupal provides a highly configurable platform that allows a simple blog site to convert into a full functioning e-commerce site, without having to recreate the base functionality.
Who uses a Drupal site?
Many websites for small to medium enterprises really only need the functionality you'd find in Wordpress, so why would you need a Drupal site? Who else uses Drupal? For years, Drupal was a relatively small player in the open source CMS game, but we've seen the gradual adoption of the system across governmental, educational, commercial and non-profit organisations across the world, and here in Australia. Our Prime Minister's website is built on Drupal. The National Health Services Directory and My Aged Care websites both use Drupal as their base platform.
Grant has been working as a Drupal developer since 2011 (late Drupal 6) and attends the Drupal Brisbane meetup as often as he can.
Drupal's modularity: In your research, you may find Drupal has a lower module contribution count than a CMS like Wordpress. There has been a real push from the Drupal developer contributors to minimise the number of modules needed to build a complex site. Some of the basic essential modules in Drupal are really built like a Swiss Army Knife, simple enough when you first come across them, but incredibly useful once you start to utilise them to their full extent. This architecture means Drupal is more a framework that lends itself to quick prototyping for advanced features normally requiring custom coding.