Drupal Web Design

Drupal Web Design El Dorado Hills

The Drupal Core is a versatile, comprehensive web design content management system (CMS) with an active, rich, open source global community. Drupal’s framework is used by a wide range of institutions, from government agencies to schools and universities to popular magazines and newspapers.

Examples include the White House website; the BBC; The Economist; France and London governments; Amnesty International and many more. About 2% of all websites use the Drupal platform, compare that to the almost 30% WordPress Websites. No matter the type of website you are looking to design and develop – personal, blog, eCommerce, social networking or other type of website – Drupal is a reliable and highly functional CMS platform.

Brenan Greene in El Dorado Hills offers leading edge, custom Drupal web design and development solutions for local businesses in El Dorado Hills and Folsom, CA.

Drupal Web Design and Maintenance Services

  • Drupal Code Audits
  • Drupal Security Monitoring
  • Monthly Version Updates
  • Monthly Drupal Database Backups
  • One-on-One Drupal User Training
  • Drupal Bug Fixes
  • UI Development
  • Content Updates
  • Minor Upgrades
  • CMS Advisory
  • Performance Increase Support
  • General Drupal Maintenance Services
  • General Drupal Support Services

With so many CMS platforms available, it is important to be aware of the advantages of going with a particular CMS to make sure you choose the perfect solution for you. When it comes to options, you can design a website with the WordPress CMS, Joomla! CMS, Drupal or Magento. When it comes to Drupal, there are many pros and a few cons of utilizing this platform so let’s take a look at what they are.

Advantages of Drupal Web Design

  • Open Source

Like WordPress and Joomla, Drupal is open source. This allows for designers and developers to have complete access to its source code. Users can contribute modules and other functional features by modifying and enhancing the source code. With Drupal, you do not have to pay for license fees which is a big plus for web designers on a national scale, not just in Sacramento and other local markets.

  • Plugins and Modules

Drupal boasts an extensive collection of plugins and modules available that enhance the functionality of any website. With Drupal, you can easily customize your website to match the vision and specific business requirements for your website by using the different extensions available. You can also design your own specific plugin for a unique purpose, if you have some coding expertise.

  • Range of Functionality

Drupal offers a range of functionality that make for highly interactive websites that optimize user experience (UX). From graphic modification to advanced user management to polls management, and even eCommerce website design, Drupal offers a ton of tools for functionality. Drupal also supports a wide array of different content types like videos, podcasts, statistics and blogs that help to make your website impressive.

  • Themes and Templates

There are so many Drupal themes and templates to choose from, developed by third-party developers. You can customize the color scheme, layout, graphics, operation, design and other features using the plethora of themes and templates available. This way, your website is customized and optimized to meet the specific requirements that you intend to meet.

  • SEO Friendly

Search Engine Optimization is key when it comes to building any website. There are many SEO modules for Drupal that allow you to make your website more search engine friendly, thereby driving traffic and boosting conversion rates. These modules allow you to display content in an SEO-friendly manner so that your website ranks high on search engines.

  • Administrative Management and Control

For more complex websites with extensive content, Drupal makes it simple to manage the various administrative users that control a website on the backend. Each user is given varying permissions and access, depending on their roles. This allows for better organization behind the scenes as users can add, remove and modify only the content for which they are responsible.

  • Rapid Deployment

Drupal is a true Web 2.0 content management system. Websites powered by Drupal are dynamic and multi-device friendly. Once deployed, a Drupal website can be further customized to meet changing business needs and keep up with new innovative trends. New features and added functionality can be deployed rapidly and as needed.

  • Third-Party Integration

With Drupal, integrating popular third-party services and Application Program Interfaces (API) to extend your website is seamless. This allows for developers to connect their websites with technologies outside of the Drupal framework.

As you can see, Drupal comes with a lot of benefits. However, keep in mind that there are a few snags to consider before going with a Drupal CMS.

Disadvantages of Drupal

  • Difficult Installation

WordPress and Joomla are pretty straightforward to install. This is not the case with Drupal. Installing Drupal and its updates require some level of technical know-how, especially when compared to the other CMS platforms.

  • Not User-Friendly

Compared to other CMS like WordPress and Joomla, Drupal is most definitely the least user-friendly. Technical expertise is required to design and develop a Drupal-powered website. The learning curve with Drupal is very steep and as a result, Drupal is not the best DIY solution for custom web design. The backend management interface is not as intuitive as other CMS platforms. You will most likely have to hire a professional developer to help you build and manage your website. That being said, Drupal offers more in terms of website capabilities than your average Joomla or WordPress website.

  • Not Compatible

Drupal is a relatively new content management system compared to the other CMS that have been on the market. As comprehensive as Drupal is, it is not compatible with a lot of older systems. Drupal is great for creating new websites but if you want to integrate Drupal components to an existing website running on another CMS, you may run into some problems.

  • Slower Performance Speed

Since Drupal offers a breadth of tools and options for functionality, you will find that in comparison with other CMS like WordPress, Drupal websites – especially larger sites – tend to load slower due to the heavier server load that is produced.

Drupal Web Design, Maintenance and Development Services

Drupal is an advanced option to go with when it comes to content management systems. Advanced knowledge of programming languages is crucial to designing and developing a Drupal-powered website. However, Drupal provides maximum flexibility for developers to design a custom website that is true to a unique, specific vision. Brenan Greene in El Dorado Hills has a team of strategists and developers that are experienced in using the Drupal platform for custom web design, development, and management. We pride ourselves on building and offering support for high quality, content-rich Drupal websites that are sure to boost user experience (UX) and impress!