Drupal is a very powerful open-source content management system (CMS). It’s powerful because it’s flexible and can be used to build many types of websites and applications. It is a framework that goes beyond what most systems can do.
Orbit has built dozens of websites using Drupal over the since 2010. We often recommend this system for web design projects that meet one or more of these criteria.
Comfort: Your current website is built in Drupal
The training time and friction associated with switching content management systems is often reason enough to keep using the same CMS.
Confidence: You have a preference for open-source content management
Open source websites are often portable, in case you want to change hosts or support partners. It can also be reassuring to know that you’re using a system that’s in use by others.
Requirements: The website includes features that work well with Drupal
Projects include more complex features that go beyond what is practical in simpler systems such as WordPress.
"From start to finish, the team at Orbit provided exceptional service on the ShowingTime website redesign. We now have a great looking website that is intuitive to navigate, does great work generating leads & presents us as the industry leader. We're very happy with the end result."
Tom Denk, Vice President of Marketing, ShowingTime.com
Examples of more robust CMS features that lend themselves well to Drupal include:
Administrative user rules
Editorial workflow management
Multilingual, international websites
There are other considerations such as security, easy updates, search-friendliness, mobile responsiveness and design flexibility. These are typically not criteria for selecting a content management system. All websites must be near perfect in their ability to meet these fundamental requirements, regardless of CMS.
The Drupal web platform has built-in capabilities that are perfect for feature-rich, user-driven websites and for enterprise-level projects.
Drupal Commerce has been available since 2011 and has been selected by tens of thousands of websites. Orbit has been building ecommerce sites since 2001 and we apply our own best practices when using Drupal.
When necessary we build custom Drupal modules to address specific ecommerce requirements such as:
Custom shipping rules
Dealer pricing tiers
B2B recurring billing
Accounting and fulfilment system integration
Drupal is often a good choice for websites with large directories such as association websites. The platform is robust enough to support global, feature-rich directories with maps, faceted search tools, detailed listing pages, membership levels, etc.
As a platform, Drupal is often considered to be more robust than WordPress, and is often selected for large sites with extensive resource libraries and sites with thousands of pages. In these cases, content migration is an important consideration and part of the project plan.
We have produced our own Drupal website "sandbox" equipped with all of our clients' most requested features. So each Drupal project benefits from the time savings of modular code, allowing us to focus on the parts of the project that are specific to your brand.
We also leverage the work of the Drupal community. Examples of Drupal website modules we have used are Salesforce, Ubercart, Webforms, Constant Contact, Site Map, XML Sitemap, Facebook Connect, Views Export, and Views Bulk Operations.
We understand that content marketing and web strategy must be applied to every website project regardless of the platform. If you prefer Drupal, we will design, develop, and support it for you. And we’ll use our rock solid web design process to provide the best:
Usability for web marketing websites
Custom web design to enhance your brand
High quality web development
Considering Drupal for your project? Ask an Orbit strategist if it’s a good fit for you >
Interested? We would be happy to share with you our experiences and help you understand the potential opportunities involved in achieving your goals.
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