The future of the World Wide Web is social. The Belgian developers at Drupal have thought this ever since 2001 and have accordingly developed a free open-source content management system (CMS) that is targeted at the mutual and collaborative creation of content, as well as the exchange of information. A community CMS, in other words. And it is highly successful: Drupal has been distinguished at the Open Source CMS Awards several times, and has won the Hall of Fame award and Best Open Source PHP CMS award.
The success of Drupal is not due solely to its focus as a piece of ‘social software’, but also to some very practical elements. In Drupal, for example, each user can be authorised to use each function or task and there are no rigid boundaries between users and editors. The role-based authorisation system thus makes it possible to give users responsibility for small sections of the website and allow them to create new pages or their own blogs. A separate back-end is not required. Great importance is placed on modularity in the development. The large list of well-maintained extensions (modules) mean that a wide range of community functions can be easily integrated. This means that it meets the individual needs of customers exceedingly well. The tree-style comment fields prove that the exchange of ideas is the focus of the community. In a nutshell: if you’re thinking about setting up social publishing or communities, Drupal is the first port of call.
Establishing communities is of course an important line of work for us. This is why we conceive, program and design websites with Drupal, implement roll-outs, and train community managers, CMS editors and users in how to use the system.
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