By ALEX BENINCÀ, CEO and Product Owner at B-Works
Drupal is a powerful open-source Content Management System (CMS) that allows to build simple and complex web and mobile solutions. It may be compared to a Lego-kit with different modules that can be combined to build the web and IT system that the project requires. One, amongst the many Drupal modules is Drupal Commerce, the e-commerce module, which allows a very powerful customization of your company's web-shop.
Drupal modules are developed and maintained by the Drupal community, meaning that one or more Drupal developers develop (author) a new module like Drupal Commerce and release (commit) it to the open source Drupal community, to be used free of charge by other users.
Next to the advantage of easy integration between differently scoped modules, Drupal has the advantage of security and maintenance.
Each Drupal module is maintained by the module's author and other Drupal community members. This ensures that the module is kept up to date with the latest web security standards and that bugs are resolved on an ongoing basis.
Drupal is a very powerful content management system that allows a user-friendly interface to manage and enter content such as text, images and video or products for online stores to your website. Instead of having to consult your developer or web development company for each change to your website, good Drupal websites are set up in such a way, to give the user a powerful editing tool, without having to ask for code-changes from developers. This saves coordination overhead, as well as significant development hours and cost.
One last advantage of Drupal is, that it doesn't lock the client in to a software or development company. The open source nature of Drupal, which is based on the commonly used PHP programming language, allows to assign development changes to new developers simply and easily. For example, if you are not satisfied with your current IT provider, all it takes is an experienced Drupal developer or Drupal development company and they will be able to modify the code or to make additions to it.
Drupal's latest release, Drupal 8, is the most powerful Drupal version yet. It is based on the Symfony PHP development framework, which is based on Object Oriented Programming (OOP). As Wikipedia explains, it is "based on the concept of "objects", which may contain data, in the form of fields, often known as attributes; and code, in the form of procedures, often known as methods". Drupal 8's foundation on Symfony and OOP makes Drupal accessible to an even wider range of programmers, thus making it attractive both as a CMS technology for technology providers like B-works, as well as for clients who will be the end users of the web or mobile project.
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