Why a DRUPAL site?
Some time ago, we used to create websites "off-line", with special programs. Then all elements had to be "uploaded" to a webserver. The computer skills needed to do this were considerable. It was a job for "geeks"...
An example of these "old style" sites is our own SeatroniX site. We are not planning to change the site immediately as it does the job quite well...
Today, most sites evolved towards "Content Management Systems". This means the content is stored in a "database" and the look & feel is rendered "on-the-fly" by a program running on the server.
Our absolute favorite CMS software is DRUPAL. (More information below)
Advantages of this new website approach:
- The content can easily be input and maintained on-line by anyone having average computer skills
- User management: Users can be granted access to edit specific sections and not others
- Once set-up, the "look and feel" can be changed quickly and easily without modifying the content
Ask us for a demonstration of these aspects!
The "look & feel" of your site can be organized easily by using so called "themes". Below you see an example of a popular Drupal theme:
Here are 2 versions of our own site in 2 different themes, changed with one click:
Content Management Systems are available in all shapes and flavours, some are commercial products, some are free "open source" systems. We propose the "open source" CMS systems to you, because they have many advantages, especially for smaller companies: The cost = 0!
And the negative points are much smaller: As they are free, you cannot complain to a company if something isn't right. But luckily, one of the advantages is exactly their excellent quality and stability, as they are developed and carried by a very large community.
Some of the most popular open source CMS systems for websites today are WordPress, Drupal, Joomla!, Concrete5 ... But there are many more! There are groups based on the technology used: .NET, PHP, Java...
Drupal, our favorite CMS, is...
- a free and open-source content management framework written in PHP (also a free webserver language) and the database uses MySQL (also open source, free).
- used for over 2.1% of all websites worldwide ranging from personal blogs to corporate, political, and government sites. Some examples: whitehouse.gov, data.gov.uk, The Economist, (see also this list by DRUPAL)
- widely used also for internal knowledge management and business collaboration.
- made in Belgium!
You will be surprised how fast your dream site will be realized and how easy it is to maintain, by yourself! No need for complicated upload programs but instead, you just create all your information on-line.
Let us demonstrate to you how easy it is!