Drupal: what is it and for who is it?

You may have heard the word 'Drupal' pass by, but what is it exactly? We explain that to you! Drupal is an open source content management system (CMS) on which you can publish, manage and organize different types of content on a website.

Drupal is, therefore, an open source system which means that you can use it for free, but also that everyone can contribute to making it even better. This contributes to the success of Drupal CMS compared to other content management systems. 

Drupal has a huge and active community. Within the Drupal ecosystem, there are more than a million developers, designers and strategists. They contribute to the community by adding improvements that others can use again. This ensures that there is a marketplace of plugins and options. Thousands of modules are available free of charge to easily expand your website. In addition, Drupal offers flexibility. You can either go small and use it for easily creating blogs, but it's also possible to create a whole application which intercommunicates with all of the tools within your company. Also, Drupal is constantly working on regular security updates, making the Drupal CMS safer. For example, large municipalities and the White House of America use Drupal.

Power of content from one installation

Besides that, Drupal is being known for its large active community, flexibility and security, It is also known for managing content, such as the functions: content types, blocks and views. 
The content types function gives you the option to put content in a fixed structure with your own fields, vacancies or news messages. 
There are a number of content types that are predefined, but the strength lies in the fact that you can create your own content types according to your own wishes. 
With the function 'blocks and views', you can display content in a certain way without having to code your own template. 
Another advantage of Drupal is that you can manage multiple websites from one installation, which results in cost savings for maintenance and hosting.

Drupal multi sites: one CMS for all your sites

Do you have multiple sites to maintain within your organization? Then its management can easily cost more time and money than necessary. 
For example, if you want to add a new function to multiple websites. Or want to publish a message on multiple sites. Fortunately, this can be a lot more efficient with a Drupal multisite. 
With such a multisite you maintain individual websites and content from one central CMS. How does that work in practice? 
For example, you start with a corporate site and after that, a separate site for a specific product category is built.  Thereafter a department or a region wants its own place on the internet. Before you know it, the maintenance of digital marketing efforts is growing above you.

Drupal has the solution: the multisite. It is an ideal tool that simplifies management for companies, educational institutions, government agencies and many other users. So you only have to create your content once and can then publish it directly on multiple websites. With a multisite you manage independent websites from a single code base. Every website has its own database, configuration, files and basic domain or URL, but there is only one Drupal installation. This brings many benefits.

Advantages

  • You maintain and update various sites and support users from one CMS
  • You develop a new function on one of the sites and easily add it to your other sites
  • Through extensive permission rights, one user can only add content and not publish, while another user can
  • You can use content in a smarter way. You can publish content from one central location on different websites so that your content can be reused more easily. Each site has its own database and its own configuration settings. In that way, each site has separate content modules and a separate theme.
  • You save hosting costs because everything works within one Drupal installation