3 Reasons Drupal is the Best: Flexibility, Security and Extendability

By rick | Tue, 04/16/2013 - 15:42

We don’t make much of a secret that we’re big fans of Drupal websites here at Cheeky Monkey Media, which is why we want to share this article from SocialMediaToday.com with the whole clan. The article, by Mike Allton, titled Using Drupal for Your Content Marketing Campaign, focuses on three of our favorite Drupal features: flexibility, security, and extendability.


Presenting good content is like trying to reach the highest banana on the tree - flexibility is key. Allton describes Drupal’s flexibility, “For example, one of the key strengths that I identified early on with Drupal was that I could use a simple module called CCK (short for Content Construction Kit), to create entirely new types of content. Out of the box, Drupal would allow users to create Pages, Blog entries, Stories, Books and Polls. Those are great, but what if I wanted to also create FAQs or Testimonials or Press Releases? By separating those into different content types, I can exert complete control over what fields are or are not included in the forms to create those pieces of content, where they're displayed, and even how they're displayed.”


Drupal sites are more secure than a cage at the zoo. That’s because many of the security features are built into the system itself. Allton writes, “Thankfully, Drupal's built-in security is incredible. For instance, Drupal will completely lock down whatever directory it is installed in so that individual files - configuration files - can never be accessed directly. If you attempt to call up a file by typing it directly into the address bar, you will come to a custom Access Denied or Page Not Found error page within your site.”


What do we mean by extendability? “Extendability refers to the ability to take a platform beyond the core capability through the addition of contributed modules. Most of the major CMS options include modules, plugins or extensions, and Drupal is no different,” explains Allton. Drupal’s extendability features are called modules, and there seems to be one for every purpose. And, because Drupal is open source, if the module you want doesn’t exist, you can modify an existing one or create a new one.

If you’re looking for a CMS that offers flexibility, security and extendability, we agree with SocialMediaToday.com that Drupal is the way to go.

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