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Drupal is mostly put to use because it is open source and free Content Management System (CMS) which allows the users to organize, manage and publish content. It fundamentally runs on environments based on PHP. This whole mechanism is governed by the General Public License i.e. GNU which basically says that everyone should have the freedom to download and also share it with the other users. It has been put to use in millions of sites such as, World Economic Forum,, Stanford University and many more.

What is a Content Management System?
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Content Management System (CMS) happens to be a piece of software that handles all the data which will be made available on the website as content. A CMS is used to edit, publish and modify the content of the website.
The standard release of Drupal is referred to as Drupal Core. It was developed by Dries Buytaerti in 2001. It is considered by many as the leading CMS serving various industries.

Why should you use Drupal?
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If you are developing any website that needs CMS (Content Management System), then Drupal CMS is considered to be fery flexible as compared to any other CMS solution. It provides very powerful features and can be put to use to build very large and complex websites. It is based on PHP templates which allows even non technical users to use the software easily and adding/editing content does not require you to have any HTML or web design skills.
With the help of Drupal, it becomes very easy to work with other sites and various technologies that are able to handle more complicated forms and workflows. Drupal makes more than 16,000 modules available which can be addressed with Drupal Core and add on modules.

Drupal Features
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  • Drupal makes it really easy to create and manage your site.
  • Drupal translates anything that is in the system using in-built user interfaces.
  • Drupal connects your website to the other websites and services using feeds, search engine connection capabilities, etc.
  • Drupal is am open source software, hence it does not require any licensing costs.
  • Drupal designs very flexible and creative websites for the users that display more effectively thus increasing the number of visitors.
  • Drupal is capable of publishing the site’s content tto social media like Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites.
  • Drupal offers a huge number of customizable themes, which also includes the basic themes which can be used to design your own themes in order to develop web applications.
  • Drupal manages content on member sites, informational sites, social media sites, web applications and intranets.
Drupal Advantages
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  • Drupal is a very flexible CMS that allows users to handle various content types including menu handling, video, blog, real time statistics, etc.
  • Drupal offers a number of templates that can be used for development of web applications. So there is no need of starting from scratch irrespective of if you are building complicated or simple web applications.
  • Drupal is very easy to manage and to create websites/blogs. This helps in organizing, structuring, finding and reusing the content.
  • Drupal offers users some very interesting templates and themes that give an attractive look to the website.
  • Drupal boasts of over 7,000 plugins to boost the website. Also, because Drupal is open source, we can engage in creation of our own plugins.
Drupal Disadvantages
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  • Drupal is not a very user friendly interface. It requires user to gain an advanced knowledge and also some basic things regarding the platform in order to install and modify it.
  • Drupal is a fairly new CMS (Content Management System) which is not very compatible with other software
  • Drupal’s performance is low when compared to other CMS systems. The website made using Drupal will suffer bigger server loads and will never open up on slow internet connections.

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