Drupal’s content management system (CMS) is used by millions of websites today and the framework handles billions of calls everyday. It manages more than 130 government websites including whitehouse.gov and it is relied upon by numerous respected higher education institutions including Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford Universities.

Despite its real world applications, however, many unfounded misconceptions still surround the CMS. Here are five of the most common misconceptions surrounding Drupal on the web with examples of why they’re incorrect.

Drupal Requires Secret Tribal Knowledge to Use

Using Drupal as a CMS empowers non-technical people to manage content, modules, and users through the Administrative UI. Website tasks ranging from creating content to updating user accounts is handled through the Administrative UI’s graphical user interface (GUI), which allows almost anyone to administer all aspects of a Drupal website. The WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor available with Drupal is on-par with other CMS WYSIWYGs and makes content editing easy.

Drupal is for Small Sites

Did you know that weather.com and its 20 million pages of content is managed with Drupal? The Weather Channel has employed Drupal for two years now and their website continues to manage its visitors and grow its presence around the open sourced software.

Some of the internet’s most popular websites are built using Drupal’s framework and the technology has proven itself able to handle incoming visits of any number. The Grammy’s website has been using Drupal for three consecutive years and handled 460 million hits on the night of January 26th, 2014. According to industry researchers Drupal is maintaining its rank as one of the most popular choice for enterprise websites, which flies in the face of this misconception.

Drupal Does Not Scale Well

As evidenced by The Weather Channel Drupal scales efficiently and thoroughly. It is a Top 20 website in terms of traffic and it uses Drupal’s CMS to handle the large number of visitors and their access to content. In 2012 during Superstorm Sandy the MTA website was serving 30,000 concurrent visitors per second, assisting over five million people in getting the information they needed (immediately) during a crisis.

Drupal’s core installation is scalable for 99% of use cases while free tools exist to cover the other one percent of cases. There is no job too big, nor too small, for Drupal to manage.

Open Source Software is Not Secure

People point to Drupal’s open source code as a security issue but this is just not true. Open source code actually fosters a culture of transparency because every developer is working from the same base framework. With over 28,000 Drupal developers in the world security vulnerabilities are often discovered and patched within the community before ever appearing outside the walled garden of development. The patch then gets dispersed into the community to ensure vulnerabilities cannot be exploited. The open source software’s transparency and connectedness makes it tough for vulnerabilities to originate from outside of the community, and even tougher for these vulnerabilities to gain traction before getting nipped in the bud.

There's No Support

Drupal is backed by Acquia who certify Drupal developers across the world. What this means for you is that a knowledgeable Drupal developer can be found almost anywhere to answer your questions, no matter how technical the subject matter. Many firms offer Drupal-specific support, including Unleashed Technologies, so that you have a long list of options available to you in order to keep your site maintained, secure, and growing.


Drupal continues to be chosen by enterprise web applications because of the framework’s robust expansibility and functionality. The community driven support is still a key selling point for the software, as is its open source history. If you have further questions about Drupal or need Drupal support, please contact us, we'd be happy to help.

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