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Drupal Tutorial for Beginners
January 10, 2015
Hi, my name is John Murphy I am the founder and principal of Blue Bell Marketing. We are a website development company based in the Philadelphia market. When I first started my company I did extensive research on finding the best open source content management system or CMS. In this video I will share with you the top 5 reasons why I chose to use Drupal as my primary CMS. So let’s begin…
#1 Enterprise Grade Software that is Scalable
Drupal is enterprise grade software that is scalable for any size project. From sites like, Weather.com, NBC Universal, Billboard.com and Angies List. Drupal is used today by some of the most complex and popular websites. Drupal also has a strong background in being used for both national and local government websites. For example, one of the most popular government websites, Whitehouse.gov was developed with Drupal. You can view a full list of ALL government websites that are currently using Drupal at groups.drupal.org.
#2 Non-Technical User Interface
Companies choose CMS software so they can add or edit content on their website on a daily or weekly basis. Drupal includes an internal website interface that is easy to understand for non-technical users. For example, Drupal offers a standard WYSIWYG or (What You See Is What You Get) interface. This user interface is used for editing text and adding images to site content. No coding or technical knowledge is required to add content to your website.
#3 Plug and Play Functionality
Drupal offers an extensive list of Plug-And-Play modules that can add functionality to your website. For example, if you need an event calendar to promote upcoming conferences for your business, you can add the Calendar module. If you want to sell products or services through your website, there is the Commerce module. Or if you want to create complex online forms that gather information through your website, there is WebForm module. In fact, there are over 29,000 modules that currently available for use at Drupal.org.
#4 Functionality Based on User Roles
So here’s a problem that many companies have…You need to update your website content on a weekly basis. However, you have limited time to change the information yourself. Wouldn’t it be nice to assign that role to someone else in your company? With Drupal you can assign different roles to specific users. Let me show you what I mean. Let’s start with two different users, Joe and Jack. We create and assign the role of “Administrator” to Joe. As the Administrator, Joe can now login to the site and change site content, he can view site emails, add new drupal modules and view new site orders. We then create and assign the role of “Editor” to Jack. Jack can now login to the site BUT with the role of Editor he can only change website content and view site emails. By assigning roles to users, Drupal offers you the ability to control how your site is edited and viewed internally.
#5 Dedicated Support Community
One of the best things about Drupal is the community that supports this software. Let’s go to Drupal.org and I will show you what I mean…Go to the Get Started page you and you will find helpful installation guides, information on modules and theming. Under the Support heading, click on the Forums link. Forums are a great place to ask questions to the Drupal community. If you are looking for local support groups or developers, click on the Community tab on the top of the page and look for the Drupal Groups link. Drupal groups can provide an excellent way to search for support groups in your area. Well concludes my presentation. If you enjoyed this video please give it a thumbs up rating and follow us on twitter.
Once again, my name is John Murphy from Blue Bell Marketing. We are a full service website development company, so feel free to contact us regarding our services or Drupal training. You can find more information about our company at our website, BlueBellMarketing.com. Thanks for watching and enjoy your day.