Selecting a CMS for a any project can be a challenging decision. There are so many needs and vulnerabilities to consider - costs of implementation and maintenance, a wide range of technical ability among site administrators, developers and content editors, a variety of end users looking for different information and the list goes on and on.
All these questions, always pop up when setting a new project, over the years working through the industry, I have come up across various, scenarios. It may be cost of development, security concerns, scalability and many more. After a lot of ups and downs, my personal experience makes me go with Drupal. Drupal has a reputation for being the best option if you are looking to build a highly customized website. Drupal covers up most of the points raised during the requirement phase, but it goes high on the development cost.
Drupal is also a free tool, but, once again, a free tool does not mean development is free. Unless you are an experienced developer, you will almost certainly need to pay someone a significant amount to create your website given Drupal’s complexity.
Some Benefits of Drupal
It offers the greatest potential for customizing your website if you need a complex one
It is considered more secure
Drupal can help to produce very high performing and fast loading websites. A big reason for this is because the CMS isn’t very resource intensive. This allows for lightning-fast server communication and faster response speeds.
If you know your needs are complex and that your website will require robust functionality, it’s worth investing in Drupal from the start. It may take longer to develop, but it will be worth the time and cost.
Because Drupal is less reliant upon third-party extensions by default, it is less susceptible to a security vulnerability that comes with uploading potentially malicious code from non-verified 3rd parties.
A Few Drawbacks
It has a steeper learning curve, it is absolutely not suitable for beginners. For that reason, you either need the budget to hire a developer or the time to learn the ropes, including coding.
Drupal is a solid CMS. It’s equipped with a lot of features right out of the box and is optimized for performance and security from day one. It is very flexible, but it does have a very steep learning curve.