"OK, so what the heck is Drupal?" Glad you asked! Drupal is both a development framework (yay for us!) and a content management system (yay for you!).
As a development framework, it allows us to focus on your site's needs; not writing a bunch of server code. What this means is that we can focus on determining and configuring the solutions for your particular site's needs, without the time required to develop them from the ground up.
As a content management system, it gives you (yes you!) full control of your site's content! Whether it is editing a page, adding photos, creating contact forms, you name it...once the site is done, you will be able to manage your content (if you want to, of course).
Now, some may not want to manage their own content. So why would we still build your site with Drupal? There are many solid answers to that question; here are a few.
- It is faster to develop in Drupal than not to. As a development framework, it shaves time off the development cycle.
- Using Drupal puts your site on a well known and widely used development platform. What does that mean for you? That means you're not shackled to us for your site's needs. You have options. We want to work with you because you want us to work with you, not because you're stuck with us.
- It dramatically increases your site's potential. Custom development is all too often a barrier to site growth. Being on Drupal means that as your site or business grows, adding functionality to your site is a modular task.
- Though you may not have the desire to manage your content now, that could very well change in the future. Your business may grow and, as a result, your staff may grow to include a web person. What a relief it will be to know they can simply log into the web site and get to work!
Ok, ok....but how much does Drupal cost?
Zip. Zero. Zilch. That's right. Drupal is free and open source software.
Well, if it's free, there must be catch, right?
Wrong! Drupal has been around for over a decade and has seen 7 major releases. It enjoys a robust community (thousands) of developers and contributors to ensure its stability and security.
OK, is there anyone I know that uses it?
While this is far from an exhaustive list, here a few well known names:
- General Motors
- Popular Science
- Sony Music
- Warner Brothers
- The Whitehouse