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Intro To Drupal: Make Your Site Stand Out

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If you are looking for a powerful Content Management System (CMS), you should consider Drupal, one of my favorite platforms. The power of any CMS is that content managers for your website can easily make updates without having a development or coding background.

With Drupal, you get several types of functionality. First, there is the ability to build a blog that can be spun up quickly, serving the basic needs of any site. This functionality is baked into the core Drupal platform. Drupal also has the functionality to build a small, very basic forum on your website. This is helpful if you are looking to create a community space on your site for people to discuss your product, report and issue and provide feedback.

The beauty of Drupal is how easily you can customize it make your website stand out and be unique. You can install themes to control the overall look and feel of your Drupal site. Modules are like mini applications that you can install to present different information (such as the local weather) or add functionality (such as analytics tracking).

Finally, Drupal is open sourced and has a very strong community developing on top of it. These thousands of active contributors are the people who contribute code on a regular basis, enhance the core Drupal platform and develop the themes and modules you can install on your site. However, if you are looking for a particular feature or customization that is not currently available, you can actually make the platform do exactly what you need if you know how to write code or know someone who does.

Be sure to check back next week when Brant discusses some of the basic modules that all developers will need to use.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Brant Darilek.

Brant Darilek is a Racker who works on the Rackspace Web Team which is responsible for the main corporate website, knowledge center and blog. He is a contributor to the Drupal community and a member of the Drupal Association.


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  • Robert

    Thanks for the article!

    Drupal is really powerfull for sites, but in some circumstances it has some drawbacks. With the version 7 it makes a lot of tables if you have large amount of fields (more than 250). I work with Drupal everyday. It is really flexible, but sometimes it needs really high amount of memory, with a minimal CPU usage. For the anonymous users we use Boost, it helps a lot with the performance, and Redis for cache. There is some modules that is “default” in many Drupal installation like Panels, Views, CTools, Transliteration. Maybe you can write about the performance considerations in a new article :)

  • Brant Darilek

    Robert, Thanks for the comment.

    I’m hoping to have another article in the near future about Drupal and performance. If you are looking to get more performance out of Drupal besides using the Boost module, I suggest looking into setting up a Varnish server. You can quickly build a Varnish server with our Cloud Servers product and use that to serve cached pages. It will ease the load of your Drupal/Application server and you should see large speed improvements for anonymous users.

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