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Underlying strengths of Drupal as CMS?

  • May 16th 2012

Drupal CMS community has ensured guidelines and rules to standardize ongoing projects and development activities. These principles of site support, quality coding, best practices, procurement and risk assessment are important for validating and supporting community projects. Though a large number of development activities for the Drupal community have been changing and increasing, these rules have nonetheless proved successful for designers.

Communicating with community

By reaching to a community on the internet from use of appropriate channels and methods for forums, issue queues and IRC’s (Internet Relay Chat), Drupal has been able to ensure a high quality standard for it’s projects. Core project management by maintaining these communication aspects, has led to a focus on industry standards also.

Quality coding

The benefit of Drupal standards have been the enduring direction of a high quality, elegant coding than clearly complicated designs. The documented code for quality and relevant standards has led Drupal CMS to an elevated design capability of projects for software websites.

Site support

The website design and software managed projects for Drupal are undertaken with a view to extend support of necessary utility add-ons, integrated projects and services enhancement. The Drupal CMS provides multiple support for information sharing, collaboration and developing pattern for software projects. The developer needs to reach out to admin through various channels from the Drupal community.

Low resource demands

To ensure excellent performance from Drupal based sites, a standard for low profile coding from minimal database queries, minimal software requirements from server side are expected. Thus developers and development projects of Drupal must follow a low outline. Drupal CMS projects must be fully operational with web server, PHP, My SQL or Postgresql as a rule.

Best practices

Drupal development projects and support follow a standard principle called best practices. Under the best practices the coding for projects, support and other services from the site ensures standards for detailed coding and refraining from causing domino effect – an effect from where further changes keep on getting created, coding patterns aren’t able to support original coding.

Application redesign standard

Underlying the concept of application redesign changes leads to further events and newer applications. Under Drupal core standards, these redesigns evolve and are maintained so that they do not happen as quickly. Changing work styles, compatibility issues and other risks are measured and mitigated for coding practices to remain within standards.

Providing website security

Drupal community has an updating and secure monitoring standard for websites. Continuous updations, practices to develop client security, risk management are standard practices for increasing safety of Drupal based designs and sites. This includes installing correct updates, investigating resolutions and whether solution is homegrown or a proprietary application.

Procurement

A number of services from Drupal like vendor, hosting, SEO and merchant services are included from community. Increases in level of activity, procurement from time based services, client based timely procurements and services log are included with the difficulties in maintaining standard compliance. As such the community maintains compliance to procurement standards by following timely, quick assessment and needy disbursal of client side demands.

Open source

Drupal is based on open source and free application for developers on the internet. The Drupal CMS is licensed under GPL, has an open source coding / scripting from PHP, and supports the database formats of My SQL and Postgresql.

Risk assessment

Product quality, cost overruns and schedule slips are some of the activities for a project that are essential and require timely focused attention for ascertaining risks and level of costs associated. Thus while Drupal maintains a standard for projects quality it also ensures assessing risks from other activities, costlier activities and those that can be done away with (being of high risk).

Conclusion

Drupal based websites and applications feature quality standards from the CMS. These standards are guidelines to be followed for maintaining development requirements at each step of project. Standard compliance principles and coding procedures are important as well as included with Drupal CMS rules.