With Drupal, users can quickly build a powerful, flexible website. The Drupal content management system (CMS) allows users or communities of users to publish, manage, and organize various web content. Drupal excels in architectural features: user permission, content management and multi-site management.
Note: A CMS is a software that keeps track of every piece of content (simple text, photos, music, video, electronic documents, etc.) on a website. Since the CMS manages all your content, you don’t have to! Using a CMS to manage a website requires almost no technical skill or knowledge, which is a significant advantage.
Tens of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power scores of different websites, from community web portals to e-commerce applications to social networking, corporate, discussion, and personal websites. Businesses large and small make up a good portion of the software’s 350,000 subscribers.
Within minutes of installing Drupal, a PHP framework, users can have a feature-rich, database-driven site with no knowledge of programming required. And they can add off-the-shelf contributed modules to add even more features to the site. Those familiar with developing will enjoy the sophisticated programming interface. There’s a lot to explore! Users who need something beyond the basic installation and the multitude of contributed modules will need to be familiar with PHP and databases (mainly MySQL) or be willing to learn about them. There’s plenty of information online to help along the way.
Drupal’s capabilities extend from content management to enabling a wide range of services and transactions. The software allows the system administrator to create and organize content, customize presentations, automate administrative tasks, and manage site visitors and contributors.
- Content management systems
- Collaborative authoring environments
- Peer-to-peer networking
- Picture galleries
- File uploads and downloads
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