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What Is Drupal?

Open source content management system used by some of the largest websites such as The Economist and the White House.

Who Uses Drupal?

Drupal's open source community is made of developers, designers, trainers, strategists, editors, and more.

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Reviews of Drupal

Average score

Overall
4.2
Ease of Use
3.5
Customer Service
3.9
Features
4.2
Value for Money
4.4

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Jason
Jason
Web Developer in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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Drupal is a fantastic CMS

5.0 5 years ago

Comments: I like it a lot but because of their update cycle it should only be used on projects that have a lifespan of 5 years or less.

Pros:

Views is the best thing about Drupal. Pre-Views, Drupal is a decent CMS, perhaps a bit more logical than WordPress, but with a lot less users it's hard to justify it. However with Views, you can make advanced applications with a pretty easy to learn interface. It's really, really close to a visual programming language, although there are still some things you'll need to break out the code for. I also really appreciate that most of the modules don't make too many assumptions. With WordPress, I constantly have to fight against styling and strangely formatted HTML inserted by plugins, and that's less common with Drupal modules.

Cons:

It requires a fairly beefy hosting setup and a good caching setup to perform well. I also strongly, STRONGLY dislike that sites created five years ago now HAVE to be rebuilt, or they are not secure. That may be fine for enterprise, but it sucks for someone who makes lots of small sites for small businesses. Platforms should be supported for at least ten years IMO, the web has been stable for a while now and there's no good reason to force complete rebuilds. WordPress does this better and manages to continually keep sites upgradeable without a rebuild.

Imran
Imran
Team Coordinator in Bangladesh
Verified LinkedIn User
Information Technology & Services, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

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4.0 last year

Comments: My experience with Drupal has been positive. While there is a learning curve, the flexibility and security of the CMS make it a reliable choice for managing digital content. Additionally, the wide range of integrations and plugins available allow me to customize my website to meet my business needs.

Pros:

Drupal is a flexible and customizable CMS that offers a range of features and functionalities for digital content management.It is widely used and has a large community of developers, making it easy to find support and resources.Drupal is known for its security, making it a reliable choice for businesses and organizations.

Cons:

Drupal can have a steep learning curve, especially for those who are new to web development or CMS.Customizing and managing a Drupal website can require more technical expertise than other CMS options.Some plugins and integrations can be limited compared to other CMS options.

Aníbal
Aníbal
Programador in Venezuela
Verified LinkedIn User
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Powerful but difficult for the user, it can be improved

3.0 6 years ago

Comments: In my work I managed to complete the development of a project with this software, our team was congratulated by our bosses and the board of directors is very happy with the results, we are currently in the quality testing phase, I hope that soon Drupal can be launched in the production environment On a personal level, I see it as an option to do independent work, so I can obtain many benefits.

Pros:

What I like most about Drupal is that it is free, you can make a complete implementation without investing money in software, we have chosen to implement only free software, so we have done it without cost, I like the possibility of being beyond the simple The content of the administrator has options for future developments, it is easy to install and its use is quite practical, I liked the fact that it has a nice and worked administration interface that makes it easier to explain to users how they perform their tasks. Daily within the application, the English-speaking community is numerous, which helps with some problems that may arise along the way. I think the system of blocks that has at the moment of structure the content within the page makes it relatively pleasant, we have taken a project to its final phase with Drupal I can say that we have done well.

Cons:

The first thing that comes to my mind about what I do not like about Drupal is the cache system that has sometimes driven me crazy, it serves obsolete content and there are many conflicts when different users need to edit the same article, another problem is that there is failures in some buttons of the administration, sometimes the buttons do not perform any action, I had problems because sometimes the functionality of uploading an image or a pdf file fails when they are large, I think Drupal is designed for programmers and not for people without experience In the area of information technology, this could improve, the Spanish-speaking community has fallen short, it is difficult to find documentation and quality help in my mother tongue, I feel that Drupal is staying a bit behind in terms of extensions If there were more, it would be more attractive for more people.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Higher Education, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
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Drupal is difficult but worth it

4.0 4 years ago

Comments: It was very difficult to get started with the product but I find the flexibility more than rewarding as I perceive an unlimited ceiling in developing with the product.

Pros:

Drupal's ability to fit every potential need is what originally drew me to the platform and keeps me developing in it's rich environment.

Cons:

It's very challenging to get started in Drupal. Naming conventions concerning views, nodes, taxonomy, menu items, panels, modules and tokens can be confusing and particularly overwhelming to a beginner.

Imad
Marketing Specialist in United Arab Emirates
Construction, 10,000+ Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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4.0 4 years ago

Comments: Overall, it gives me the peace of mind that I don't need to learn coding to update my website.

Pros:

Once it's set-up, which I'm sure would be a complicated task, it gets very easy to modify things on the website. Even people who don't know website building, can easily update their websites.

Cons:

Once the webiste is built, there is not much room to move around, be creative. The design layout is fixed and no place where you can modify them, as a user ofcourse.