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In both a good and a bad way. It's good because it's highly customizable. It's bad because it's a nightmare to maintain because of it.
Out of the box, it doesn't really do all that much, and the templating is complex, too. Again, because it's very flexible, which is good when you need it, but gets in the way if you don't.
So what I'm saying here is that you will have to invest quite some time to actually learn how to use this thing and about all the plug-ins you don't know you will need. If you don't have that time, or are not willing to take it, better stay clear of this. It's very easy to mess your installation up to a point where it all falls apart.
I do think there are much better CMS's out there than Drupal by now. I think this needs to be updated and keep up with the latests CMS available.
I do think it is quite complex, it is highly customizable but really hard to maintain because of it, I honestly didn't continue using it because of it.
very easy to make as pleased but not easy to maintain. for simple websites this works fine.
tried it, not pleased at all with the results, really needs to keep up with updates.
if Drupal wants to continue to be an "alternative" to Wordpress, it really need to step up.
I think now there are better CMS's than Drupal... a few years back, drupal was the best... but I don't think they have been improving as fast as they should have...
Great Monkeywrench tool for many CMS needs from ecommerce to content to community. Lots of open source contrib code!
Folks, I have been using Drupal since it was born. It is really powerful tool and piece of software. I can tell you that there are big companies using Drupal - it's 100 times better than Joomla, WordPress, and others around. I am a genuine user of Drupal - with Drupal you can integrate eCommerce, videos, blogs, forums, and many of other things. The new version is completly SEO what makes the tool even better if you want to be found in search engines. I like Drupal and it does the work nicely. The only bad point, as any other software, is the modules uploads - these you will need to upload manually still. A good example of Drupal website is ITsiders - an educational site I did for ITIL followers and people interested in IT. Take a look when you have time. Bye for now.
[Edited by DanSantos, July 19]
Best CMS Ever?
I see it's been a few years, and looking at the source code of the site, it looks like Word Press is now your "Best CMS ever!!!"
I have used e107 for almost 10 years, It's been great. Fairly secure and easy to customize. But the direction they are going and at the snails pace they are moving at it's been to long waiting for it to catch up to newer, better ones. And now that they took away the support forums, it's time to jump ship. I need an alternative.
To me Drupal has too steep a learning curve and Word Press is too prone to security breaks. I'll keep looking for the "Best CMS ever!!!!" here in 2014....
I have used many CMS controllers because I own a web site. It was a lot of fun to pick out and add plugins, and it's actually more customizable than wordpress. Problem was, my website soon grew to 100k+ veiws a day, and with that came thousands of members. When I would add some plugins, they would conflict or make glitches. Some even made my database suddenly triple in size over a day. They have more plugins than anyother CMS, but a lot these plugins are made by beginner programmers that don't know what they are doing apparently. I've had to dump my server and start over too many times. Wordpress, never had a single problem.
There are better CMSes coming out, this is showing its age, even w version 7.
Yeah I agree. I wish it wasn't so glitchy. 7 is more stable, but there isn't nearly as many modules for it, so I use 6. Problem is once 8 comes out, support will end with version 6. They need to stop making newer versions and focus on one.
Care to elaborate on the better CMS's?
Pimcore and so on. Drupal is like going back to web 2.0 or 2005-2008
[Edited by s0me0ne, January 09]
Thanks! Two questions though...!
Drupal 8 is a bit flakey still - so complex, so many dependencies. I have been a Drupal fan since version 4, but here looking for something else. Thing is - I want to use the Taxonomy features, pages and views that worked so well in 7. Don't want to start anything new ans get marooned in 7 with the only upgrade to an unstable, temperamental 8.
I'm spending so much time trying to get composer, sass, drush, drupal console and other stuff going - stuff I have lived without until now but Drupal 8 has made it hard to live without now - that I'm not actually achieving anything. It seems impossible to turn the cache off - so every change needs the cache to be cleared. Just so tedious.
Don't want to ditch it ... but there is always another problem with it. Now I have
Fatal error: Cannot declare class Drupal\Console\Composer\Plugin\ExtenderManager, because the name is already in use
and I'm still just trying to get the bloody console thing working in the vague hope that the cache can be turned off - that this method will work.
great CMS, but even better community, shows the power of collaboration and open source
Very focused on features and more on efficiency and security. Even the white house is using it ;)
it can take a long time to master, so..
Ahh yes, I remember those days.
I love sites on Drupal . They are always comfortable , friendly and easy to promote.
Worked only with this CMS but I think its great. Simple and cute. Try Drupal