7 reasons to choose Drupal as your next CMS

From our office in Leeds, Bolser has been developing websites for globally recognised brands for over ten years. Our dedicated team of in house designers, developers and testers have worked on some of the UK’s best known websites including Taco Bell, KFC, Battersea Power Station and AIG Life.

Choosing the right content management system (CMS) is a big decision - it’s important to spend time considering your requirements and making sure that the solution you have in mind offers the functionality to future-proof and scale with your business. 

Following a comprehensive market review we made the decision to specialise in the Drupal CMS framework. It offers enterprise level support, an intuitive CMS that clients find really easy to use and the ability to create unique designs in order to bring your products and services to life.

Clients have often asked us why we chose to specialise in Drupal and how it compares to some of the other major CMS platforms; Wordpress, Magento, Joomla and Kentico. In this blog we’ll explain why we think it’s great and why your brand should add it to your consideration list. 

Football Foundation are the UK's largest sports charity. We redesigned their website and built it in Drupal.

Why choose Drupal?

 

1. It’s free
Drupal is one of the top free open-source content management systems. Many systems, such as Kentico and Sitecore are licensed CMS’s and a license must be purchased or payment made on a subscription basis to cover support and maintenance. These systems cost thousands per year plus additional costs for add ons and multiple sites. Drupal is completely free, customisable and available to anyone.

2. Rest assured - it’s super secure
Drupal 8 features advanced level security with a team dedicated to address and release security fixes. Over 100,000 global contributors make the platform one of the most secure and stable platforms on the market. When compared to other open-source CMS’s, including Wordpress, Magento and Joomla, the Drupal platform has the lowest level of CMS infections for its market share, at only 3.7%. Source: GoDaddy / Sucuri

3. Trusted by some of the world’s leading brands
Drupal has provided the framework for over 1 million websites globally, ranging from super secure political and government sites to high traffic transactional sites for market leading brands. Current live Drupal website examples include NASA, Tesla, NBC sports, EBay, Twitter, KFC, Arsenal FC, and Harvard University.

Bolser have built and continue to manage a number of websites on the platform - our latest examples are Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity and its offshoot, Upshot.  

More than 850 public and not-for-profit organisations across the third sector use Upshot - we developed their site in Drupal.

4. The world’s most popular enterprise CMS
Drupal is the world’s most popular enterprise web content management system with over 7000 Drupal 8 sites released every month. It continues to grow in popularity with a 35% growth YoY 2018/2019. Source: DriesNote Seattle 2019

5. Frictionless integration with the marketing tools you love
Drupal is compatible with all the familiar marketing tools your team are already invested in. It seamlessly integrates with your organisation's existing email, analytics, marketing automation, and other digital tech solutions. Bolser has experience of integrating the following solutions within the platform: Campaign Monitor, Salesforce, Hotjar, Google Analytics, Microsoft Dynamics, Tableau and all major social media platforms. 

6. Flexible and scalable
What makes Drupal different from other CMS’s is its flexibility and scalability. Drupal is written in PHP and offers ‘off the shelf’ solutions through to fully customisable ‘headless’ options, with over 44,000 free modules already available to extend and customise your site’s functionality. Drupal is hosting agnostic and runs on any computing platform that supports both a web server capable of running PHP and a database to store content and configuration. 

7. A robust, well supported and constantly evolving platform
Drupal is primarily used by developers to build enterprise-level digital experiences -  particularly for high-traffic websites. It has a highly engaged community of over 100,000 code contributors and 1.4 million members, with over 630,000 live websites currently on www.drupal.org.

We rebuilt the Bolser website using the Drupal platform.

Next steps?

We think it’s great and you will too. If you are looking for a UK based Drupal developer with best in class UI/UX design, please get in touch to find out how we can help you deliver a truly unique website. 

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Bryan, Lead Back End Developer

When he's not fronting up our development team, Bryan plays in a rock band.