Drupal Review

Through my different companies, we have developed many Drupal sites, from simple ones to complex E-commerce sites and custom made applications. The UI could be improved, though.

Valuable Features:

Drupal is an open source content management system which provides an easy installation process, a good range of modules for features' expansion, as well as a supportive community that will help resolve issues that you face with Drupal.

Improvements to My Organization:

We have been using Drupal for more than 7 years now. Through my different companies we have developed many Drupal sites, from simple ones to complex E-commerce sites and custom made applications.

Drupal 7.x if combined with the appropriate modules and cache mechanisms can provide a robust, fully featured and secure website with endless capabilities. However, for these optimizations to be made, a Drupal expert may be required. It is not as easy to use as Wordpress for example - although Drupal 7.x is vastly improved to Drupal 6.x and Drupal 8.x will be even better.

We have also tried Wordpress and Joomla in various occasions, and while Wordpress is our choice for simple projects, Drupal is always our cost-effective choice for complex projects. It provides flexibility, robust framework, excellent modules for easy expansion and a very good support community.

Room for Improvement:

One of the things that Drupal needs to improve is the interface. It needs to become more user friendly. It is not as rich in terms of modules as Wordpress is, but it is getting there.

If you have a high traffic site and speed is important, to optimize Drupal you will probably need an expert. 

In regards to the interface it needs to become more user friendly like for example Wordpress or Joomla, so that simple users can administer the site in an easy way and not get lost in menus and options that they don’t understand that may even break the site. Although the interface has improved in comparison to Drupal 6, there are still many things to be done.

The number of modules that Drupal has although adequate, is not nearly as good as the number of modules that Wordpress has. There are times that you cannot find a functionality in Drupal while you can find plenty of options in Wordpress. For example Drupal integration with mailers, the only reliable plugin is for Mailchimp. So if you want to integrate with another platform like Aweber, emma, getresponse etc, you have almost zero choices. While most of the platforms integrate perfectly with Wordpress.

Optimizing Drupal as a high performance site, is not an easy task. You have many options but the most effective ones require server and settings’ modifications, which can be done by experts. However once you have the proper setup, Drupal flies!

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**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user111015 (Retired IT executive at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees)

I agree with all the points you have made in this review.
Drupal 8 is now GA and it does deliver on the simplified and mobile UI. Drupal shines when the the use case involves custom functionality, integration with enterprise systems and rule based workflows. Drupal has longer learning curve after that admin UI does not matter much. With Drupal 8, it also provided additional capability of headless Drupal where the UI can be a mobile application or a Bootstrap site.
One of the key advantage of Drupal is its multisite architecture. For medium and large enterprise on going maintenance is a large contributor of TCO. With Drupal multisite one can slash the TCO by hosting hundreds of small but independent sites on single core. Something one can not do on Wordpress.

author avatarit_user346830 (CEO at Shared Technologies)

Best solution when it comes to stability and move fast with best quality and expandable plan . serve you with all what you want . could build your website fast . could build your SaaS based on it . we have done 3 SaaS using Drupal and get more than 300k transaction monthly on each with the best value and short time.

author avatarMark Vincent Verallo
Real User

"The UI Could Be Improved, Though" - I agree with that statement. Though Drupal is superior in terms of its features, the UI still needs to be improved. When that happens, I think it will become the best CMS next to Wordpress and Joomla.

author avatarit_user253797 (IT Consultant, Business Owner, Lecturer at a tech consulting company with 10,001+ employees)

Thank you Kiran. I agree with you Mark. I think the interface is getting better and better.