Drupal review
August 09, 2016

Drupal review

Alex Lada | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Drupal

We are a digital agency that serves some clients who require Drupal expertise. They either come to us for help with Drupal, or we recommend Drupal to them based on their business needs. It solves the issue of providing a powerful and extensible open source CMS.

Pros

  • Drupal provides a robust and powerful open source CMS platform. Due to this, it has a wide community of supporters and contributors and a vast library of modules that have already been produced.
  • Drupal is free to use, which makes it a great choice for our clients that need something more powerful than WordPress, but cannot afford the licensing fees of system like Sitecore.
  • As of Drupal 8, Drupal provides good admin tools for configure data and content architecture and relationships.

Cons

  • Drupal's admin section, especially before Drupal 8, can be fairly confusing to navigate. This is tough for developers as well as content authors.
  • Drupal traditionally has been a little constrictive with regards to front end templating, although it has gotten easier over the years.
  • As an agency, Drupal has allowed us to service clients with more sophisticated needs in their website than what can be covered with WordPress.
  • Our clients get a powerful CMS system that covers their complex needs without the price tag of other paid-for CMS systems.
Drupal is not as powerful, extensible, or easy to use as Sitecore, but it is free, whereas Sitecore can be quite expensive. It offers a similar service as Umbraco, but from a PHP codebase. For clients that need a free CMS system, it is the clear choice for those with a PHP bias. It provides much more powerful functionality out of the box than WordPress, with much better performance.
Drupal is a very good choice for our clients that require a powerful, robust, extensible, and open sourced CMS system that has no licensing fees. It allows for complex data structures and efficient site performance without the cost of something like Sitecore. It provides much greater performance and is easier use when modeling complex data structures and relationships than another free CMS like WordPress.

Drupal Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
7
Code quality / cleanliness
7
Admin section
7
Page templates
6
Library of website themes
8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
7
Publishing workflow
7
Form generator
7
Content taxonomy
9
SEO support
7
Bulk management
Not Rated
Availability / breadth of extensions
10
Community / comment management
10
API
6
Internationalization / multi-language
Not Rated
Role-based user permissions
7

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