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Over the course of the past decade many different content management systems have come, stayed, and gone. Even today we see hundreds of players competing within the U.S. market using different models in order to capture niche verticals. As software continually expands it also becomes commoditized and features once considered to be "amazing" are par for the course.

I can personally remember when the "forgot password" functionality that was fully automated was AMAZING (I'm dating myself here). I was involved in developing many custom content management systems because 13 years ago nothing existed that really fit what a company needed to help affectively offer resources to their clients or help convert visitors to clients. These custom development projects would cost in excess of $100,000 usually without fail.

Fast Forward to 2010...

Today, what would have cost hundreds of thousands now costs tens of thousands or even considerably less. This is made possible by avoiding expensive licensing fees for software, hardware, and supporting architecture. Drupal is one of those game changers. If you review the platform as a whole you'll immediately find that instead of trying to be all things to all people it's instead design be as flexible and extensible as possible. It considers this from multiple approaches:

  • Design - Designers have a great framework to be highly creative while utilizing themes and creating blue prints for microsites. 
  • Custom Development - Module development that gives the developers an environment that's less confined in order to do things correctly without working around the system itself. Other open source CMS systems often require work-arounds to complete a certain type of functionality they have to break the core logic of the CMS they're using.
  • Readiness - Still ready out of the box to be used and offers a strong baseline set of modules and functionality that can satisfy most people's needs.

Now consider this, the software itself is free for anyone to use with regular community support making it easier to find qualified people to service your web presence. It's also built in PHP and uses MySQL. PHP natively runs off of any Linux Distribution typically with Apache and the database technology is MySQL. Both of these are available with no licensing fees what-so-ever.

So What Does This Mean?

Small, Mid-sized, and Enterprise business can leverage the power of this platform and allocate more funds to web design/development or alternatively spend less to get more out of their web presence. The focus becomes creativity, process automation, web development, and service as opposed to licensing, infrastructure, etc. This is especially useful when you're talking about enterprise websites that currently have high visitor volumes and offer a verbose set of functionality. Drupal is architected in such a way that it's a genuine competitor in the large business market and it also requires a significantly reduced server blue print cutting your infrastructure costs sometimes in half.

Who Should Be Considering Drupal?

Anybody that's thinking about upgrading their web presence or doing a complete rework after failed expectations from a performance perspective. Also people that have had the same website for an extended amount of time that want to expand into more blogging, micro-blogging, social media aspects, custom client functionality, micro-siting, and the list goes on.

Unleashed Technologies is a proud supporter of Drupal and the open source community to take the focus away from licensing and back on superior service, creative web design talent, and fast web development life cycles that bring product to market faster for the paying client. If you want to know more about Drupal don't hesitate to contact our staff and find out if it's the right fit for you.