Drupal

Drupal

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Drupal

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What is Drupal?

Drupal is a free, open-source content management system written in PHP that competes primarily with Joomla and Plone. The standard release of Drupal, known as Drupal core, contains basic features such as account and menu management, RSS feeds, page layout...
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  • Code quality / cleanliness (65)
    8.4
    84%
  • Page templates (66)
    8.3
    83%
  • Admin section (67)
    8.1
    81%
  • Publishing workflow (66)
    7.6
    76%

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What is Drupal?

Drupal is a free, open-source content management system written in PHP that competes primarily with Joomla and Plone. The standard release of Drupal, known as Drupal core, contains basic features such as account and menu management, RSS feeds, page layout customization, and system administration.

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Product Demos

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Features

Security

This component helps a company minimize the security risks by controlling access to the software and its data, and encouraging best practices among users.

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Platform & Infrastructure

Features related to platform-wide settings and structure, such as permissions, languages, integrations, customizations, etc.

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Web Content Creation

Features that support the creation of website content.

8.4Avg 7.6

Web Content Management

Features for managing website content

8.7Avg 7.4
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Product Details

What is Drupal?

Drupal is a free and open source content management system written in PHP that competes primarily with Joomla and Plone. The standard release of Drupal, known as Drupal core, contains basic features common to content management systems. These include a dashboard with a menu management system, RSS feeds, page layout customization and themes to aid this, and system administration tools. Drupal offers access statistics, more advanced search features, caching and feature throttling (to improve performance if needed), descriptive URLs, multiple users with controllable privileges, access control and restrictions, and workflow tools (triggers). There are over 30,000 addons or modules to expand Drupal's functionality.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Drupal is a free, open-source content management system written in PHP that competes primarily with Joomla and Plone. The standard release of Drupal, known as Drupal core, contains basic features such as account and menu management, RSS feeds, page layout customization, and system administration.

Joomla!, Kentico Xperience, and Plone are common alternatives for Drupal.

Reviewers rate Role-based user permissions highest, with a score of 9.8.

The most common users of Drupal are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Reviews

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Sohail Lajevardi | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
WordPress for sure has a bigger community, a lot of paid extensions which sometimes is easier to purchase and get started, a lot of pre-designed templates to get you going, but nowadays with the scale of the projects we've been working with, and the need for custom-tailored designs, freebies and paid-extensions of WordPress is no good to us.

For Forestry, since it's a Javascript CMS for exposing API, it's quite nice and all but compared to what Drupal can do, is quite limited, if it's just a blog-style website that you are after, Forestry might work as well, note that it's also a paid service.

Craft CMS for sure got a lot of ideas off of Drupal, some of it's main features that they advertise is already in Drupal for years and I have not seen any benefits over Drupal, also it has a smaller community compared to Drupal
Fernanda Ministerio | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use both, for different projects (Joomla and Drupal). Drupal proved to be more robust, more secure and more integrable with PHP applications.
Drupal requires a more senior technical team but allows for more complex activities. It's great if you have a medium to a large operation that depends a lot on always having new content deployed on your web pages.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We first had a WordPress-based website, that evolved to a custom third-party developed content management system. In both cases, that involved additional costs for any change request, any security or any scalability need.
WordPress didn't meet enterprise requirements. That also implied a strong [dependence] towards the IT provider that developed the custom content management system.
Chris Kerry | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Drupal is community-backed making it more accessible and growing at a faster rate than Sitefinity which is a proprietary product built on .NET. Drupal is PHP-based using some but not all Symphony codebase. Updates for Drupal are frequent and so are feature adds.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Drupal is far more usable and stable than Joomla!, and the developer community support is significantly stronger. While Drupal is often compared to WordPress, they are fundamentally different platforms, and in most projects, it's very clear when the requirements are beyond what WordPress can offer. Drupal has a much more defined framework for building out content taxonomy, navigation, template structuring, and content moderation; whereas, these items can easily be 'hacked' together in a very cludgy way within WordPress, depending on the taste/style of the developer (leading to an unsustainable CMS).
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We did a comparison of Drupal against Joomla, WordPress, and Ingeniux. We found that its multiple themes available for web pages, user management, comment management, and form generation stands apart from its competitors.
Bobby Donohue | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I've used WordPress sparingly when helping a client with an existing website. I find it much less powerful and robust, and frankly confusing. The way WordPress websites are set up in the backend doesn't make sense to me after getting used to how Drupal is set up. They're different platforms, and some of the basic features are approached in very different ways. To be fair, I have never really tried to learn WordPress as a platform. I know from anecdotal experience it is perfectly fine for most business websites, but having gotten used to how Drupal sets things up, WordPress always seemed backward to me.
Richard Davies | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Drupal is really the only well-supported open-source CMS that is designed for large, data-rich websites. There just really weren't any good alternatives. There are plenty of CMSs that excel at small to medium-sized websites. But for a large website with lots of structured data, Drupal was the obvious choice.
Josh Howe | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Security-wise and traffic-wise Drupal is built to handle a lot. While the other platforms mentioned ( mainly WordPress ) are great and have a large community, I would only use Drupal for an Enterprise level platform to build a website on. I first learned about Drupal about 10 years ago while in college. It has passed the test of time and proven to be one of the top platforms for large scale companies.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Drupal supports lots of devices like Mac, Windows, Linux etc. easily, and it is an open source product so there's no cost required. Lots of other products require purchasing, costing a high amount. The support system of Drupal is also good in comparison to other products. The client experience of Drupal is also better than others. Integration of Drupal with other tools is also easy. The only problem with Drupal is that a non-technical guy finds it hard to understand and work on it.
Kyle Reichelt | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Drupal is certainly a more complex animal, comparatively. But its power lies in its flexibility, extensibility, and stability. And the API is fantastic. There's really nothing else like it.
Dr. C. Michael Sturgeon | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I selected Drupal because of the simplicity upon going live. "Simple" is not the word I would use prior to the site going live though. I have used Jumla (which I believe was part of Drupal as one CMS about 12 or 15 years ago). Jumla is almost identical in capabilities to Drupal. It is developed differently, but capable of most other things that Drupal can do to my knowledge. I have used an extremely highly priced product (approx 500,000.00) of which I will not mention the name - as it was absolutely terrible in functionality and had limitations for editors. Lastly, I have frequently used WordPress as my CMS. WP has more theme options and the community of users is larger than the size of Drupal users. WordPress can be simple or complex depending on the theme, plugins, etc. These are some of the many comparisons.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
In my mind, Drupal and WordPress are the top open source CMSes, and I rarely recommend not going with an open source CMS. WordPress can be great, especially for single developers, but I find that the code structure and extensibility of Drupal makes it superior for many use cases, and the open and friendly nature of the community seals the deal.
Matthew Deakyne | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I've used Squarespace and WordPress for other businesses, and Drupal was honestly selected due to cost. It does a good job of scaling across our organization - and many units have benefited from having a space to provide content. Squarespace is more modern, and WordPress may be easier to use - but Drupal works.
Nicholas De Salvo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Drupal has strong role-based permissions for users, powerful content blocks for editing, and granular customizing options in their views. For a company or organization requiring a lot of customization, Drupal can be a really powerful tool. However, Drupal does require developers who know how to get the most out of it and is much more difficult to get set up than something like WordPress. It can be resource intensive and does not always work well in shared hosting environments. Drupal can be a great solution for the right project, but make sure you have the proper technical experience or a good development team behind you.
Jimmy Mack | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
When selected, Drupal was the tool that had enough power to create a robust intranet while not being too overly complicated. It allowed for custom integrations that were developed from IT, and it was able to handle the mass amount of users we needed, many of whom are not overly tech savvy or familiar with using a CMS.
Nate Dillon | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
WordPress would be the best alternative to Drupal that I've seen, but in my experience, Drupal is better at complex websites that need a lot of customization. WordPress would be much better suited for a blog than Drupal.

I only briefly looked at Joomla, and I wasn't impressed.

ExpressionEngine seems very nice, but it is not free.

Jekyll is great for websites that can be static, without a database, but updating content requires the users to be able to edit pages manually, as there is no interface for editing. There are some services that offer an interface for editing Jekyll projects for a price.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have previously used WordPress, we found that the site is limited in its potential compared to Drupal. The biggest slow down we have seen is in the use of plug ins, unlike Drupal, WordPress experienced severe slowdowns. The user interface is rather slow and unrefined compared to Drupal, Drupal definitely is much more visually appealing and overall much more easy to use.
Stefanie Cash | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Drupal is similar to WordPress when discussing content management and WYSIWYG capabilities. That is where the similarities end from a functional standpoint. WordPress is a top contender for blog sites, whereas Drupal is for sellable content, i.e. products and services. Both have API customization features so you can create custom feeds and port over information.
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Sean Pomory | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Joomla is terrible. I would never recommend Joomla over Drupal. Drupal's community is much more active and new product updates come out much more quickly.

WordPress is obviously great and a popular solution, but will struggle with sites that have too much content. WordPress is like a car, great for navigating small streets and getting somewhere nearby. Drupal is like an airplane, great for traveling long distances more efficiently.

SharePoint, another enterprise CMS, can be even more difficult to work with than Drupal. If you don't have a solid SharePoint person in house to help manage updates and content, you could find yourself stuck.
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