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Drupal 5 Overview - Build a website in 10 minutes
So what is Drupal? What can you do with it? And what is a Content Management System (CMS)? I hope to answer these question, at least on a most basic level, by building a website in minutes using Drupal.
Content Management Systems (CMS) is generally the next step in website building. Most modern websites use some form of CMS system, from Drupal, to Joomla, to WordPress. There are many reasons for this, but the main reason is the ease of building a site and, more importantly, maintaining a site. By building your site in a CMS system, you bypass the need to rely on a webmaster to make small changes to your website. These changes you can make yourself in any standard browser. These changes could be anything from address changes, phone numbers, or special deals that are going on. Another major feature is you can set up roles for users. You can give users the ability to log in and make changes themselves, and only certain users can make certain changes.
The next question is why Drupal? I've worked with many CMS systems before and after working with Drupal, I feel I have found the holy grail when it comes to CMS systems. WordPress is good for blogging, but what if I wanted to do more? Joomla I had a hard time grasping the concept, although they do have great templates. Many other CMS systems have their distinct advantages as well. Somehow Drupal seemed to be a good balance to me.
You have modules to extend the feature set. Drupal is written in PHP and MySQL. There are many themes to extend the look of your Drupal site. The code is clean and lite. And search engines seem to love a properly set up Drupal site. I could go on.
Take a look at the video and watch how easy it is to have a Drupal site up and running with articles, a contact form, and an About Us page. Also, let me know what you think when it comes to CMS systems.