Drupal is powerful and versatile, but requires an investment in learning the technology
August 04, 2015

Drupal is powerful and versatile, but requires an investment in learning the technology

Phil Glatz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version


Modules Used

  • views, field collections, module filter, colorbox, entity, organic groups, many more

Overall Satisfaction with Drupal

Drupal is being used for a public facing website for the organization, with private groups for certain members. It is used to provide news, announcements, and to create networking groups.
  • Powerful right out of the box, infinitely expandable to address specific requirements.
  • Powerful role-based user registration.
  • Strong use of taxonomy.
  • Versatile theming, well separated from the code layer.
  • Easier way to create custom themes.
  • While community support is very good, it it inconsistent. Many projects are poorly supported, could use more examples, maintainers should be rewarded for providing faster response to questions.
  • When a major revision is released, it usually takes a year for all the supporting modules to be ready.
  • It has allowed us to support the needs of a diverse base of professionals well.
  • Development of new features often takes much longer than anticipated
  • Communication between sectors of our audience has improved.
  • mambo,ExpressionEngine,Joomla!
Better design and architecture, stronger user base, higher standards for coding.
Drupal is very flexible and can be used for many applications. There will need to be at least one administrator with strong technical skills. It interfaces with many third party applications and services, but often does not support all needed features.

Drupal Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
Code quality / cleanliness
Admin section
Page templates
Library of website themes
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Publishing workflow
Form generator
Content taxonomy
SEO support
Bulk management
Availability / breadth of extensions
Community / comment management
Internationalization / multi-language
Role-based user permissions

Using Drupal

8 - Organization membership, editorial content, news and communication, private committees, press and marketing.
1 - Web authoring, SEO, PHP coding, user interface, general design skills, Unix system administration.
  • Informing members of events and organizational changes.
  • Telling the world about the organization, with stories, videos, and photos.
  • Communication between special interest groups.
  • Creating and maintaining members.
  • Online sales of books and other products.
  • Integration with twitter and other social networks.
  • Integration with other organization and services.
It addresses our needs. We have a large investment in our current site, and have no justification to switch to another program.