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Mark Vincent Verallo
Real User
Web Developer / Programmer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Oct 18 2017

What is most valuable?

Its ability to style the article module is the most valuable feature. It gives the developer the flexibility to show the articles the way he/she wants.

How has it helped my organization?

When developing a site, it's important to have flexibility for displaying the contents the way you want. You do not have to depend on the default layouts that the theme… more»

What needs improvement?

It has to improve the speed of the admin section. Sometimes you will get stuck while updating the configurations, especially because it uses AJAX in the interface.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This product is free.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use any other solution before.

What other advice do I have?

Try it. Find out its full potential by first watching the tutorials and then think how you can implement it with your own website or project.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at other options, but there's no better solution than this module.
Real User
Drupal Solutions Architect at a non-tech company
Oct 17 2017

What is most valuable?

* Custom distributions: Supports multiple sites that share functionalities * Localization: Provides content solutions across different regions and languages * Analytics… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The idea is to use a custom distribution. This empowers each site to do the unsexy, boring, but critical functionality. Then they can use the powerful design over it.

What needs improvement?

The classic open source pain points, such as documentation and many charlatan developers, need improvement.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is free, but I would recommend spending the money on quality Drupal hosting, instead of cheaper solutions, such as Pantheon and AWS.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, I have used a variety of solutions, including the custom ones. I switched solutions because Drupal provides all the features that I need.

What other advice do I have?

If you do not need the features that I have mentioned above, then do not use Drupal.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at other solutions namely WordPress, Joomla!, CakePHP, and Symfony.
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pauloamgomes
Consultant
Developer at Appnovation Technologies
Mar 21 2017

What is most valuable?

* Content type definitions: One of the best features of Drupal, and maybe the key differentiator to other solutions, is the way that content is structured and managed. In… more»

How has it helped my organization?

My organization sells services around Drupal Version 8.

What needs improvement?

The admin interface could be improved. Compared to Version 7, it was a huge improvement. I think it is not enough for current user needs. Creating complex content types… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There is no cost regarding licensing. Costs should be calculated based on the required support and training efforts.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I worked in the past with different CMS solutions. Perhaps Vignette was the most relevant. I believe, at that time, it was the most complete and advanced CMS. However, It… more»

What other advice do I have?

First invest in internal knowledge and your way to handle strategic decisions, and then find a good provider/partner who can support you when you need it. Free your mind… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I started with Drupal in 2009. I was working with Vignette and investigated other open source solutions, such as WordPress, Joomla!, and TYPO3.
Consultant
IT Consultant, Business Owner, Lecturer at a tech consulting company with 10,001+ employees
Apr 26 2016

What is most valuable?

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.

How has it helped 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… more»

What needs 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… more»
Vendor
Senior Manager of IT with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 24 2014

What is most valuable?

* The amount of functionality provided, both in the core product and in the thousands of community-developed modules. * The ability to review – and edit -- the code when… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Because of Drupal, we now have the ability to provide our customers with multilingual, multi-regional content to an extent that would not have been possible otherwise.

What needs improvement?

* There are not enough Drupal developers to satisfy demand. * Upgrading to new major versions has historically been complex and difficult. Hopefully the migration… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

No licensing fees, no annual maintenance fees. Original implementation cost (for our first site) was several hundred thousands of dollars, and day-to-day cost is the cost… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes. One site was built on a home-grown content management system. A second was built on Xoops. Others were built on Microsoft Content Management Server. We switched the… more»

What other advice do I have?

If you plan on implementing it yourself, and you don’t already have Drupal experts on your team, don’t. Even if you believe you have the smartest developers in the world… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Hundreds, including both commercial and open source. Name them, and we probably evaluated them.

What is Drupal?

Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications
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