Many businesses use the wrong website types for their business model. Businesses often get websites that do not match the company needs, or that limit business expansion, because the systems provided by the web companies are fixed and unchangeable. Successful business websites require proper planning and preparation. It is important to distinguish website goals, objectives and the mission statement for your website. Without a website vision, the website may not produce desired results and is a waste of space and money. A common error many business websites make is that the websites are only filled with images. Using images is one of several shortcuts that some companies use when creating websites. These shortcut methods turn out to be useless and ineffective. A way to check if your text is an image, rather than searchable index-ready text, is to try and highlight only a small portion of the text. If the text is unable to be highlighted, this means search engines aren't labeling or indexing it as text. Don’t let your website become an image or flash-based site that can’t be indexed or easily edited.
Drupal is a powerhouse for websites; it allows for extensive expansion and a more customizable style for the back-end of a website. There is a vast difference between Drupal and WordPress. Drupal is used for complex, or shopping-cart based websites, while WordPress is designed for simpler websites with straightforward posts and page hierarchy. Through Drupal you are able to go more in-depth with a variety of permissions and assign roles that can be handled easily by Drupal. Drupal allows more seasoned users to expand their usage of Drupal tools and extensions. While just about anyone feels like they can build their own WordPress site, it has become commonplace and unoriginal. Drupal allows your website to stand out from the crowd and be noticed among other websites.
ActOutLoud.org is a great example how Drupal can make a more complex site a feasible reality. Drupal allows customized URLs and different content types, such as: blog entries and tutorials, easy theming, taxonomy organization, controllable user management, and need I keep going? While WordPress can also do many of these functions, it isn't as expandable.
Drupal is for people and companies who want their website to do more than simply display content. If you want your website to have increased capabilities, such as the ability for people to log in to the site, post their own content, have private forums, or require a subscription to access specific information, then Drupal is the answer for you.
Act Out Loud uses Drupal to easily update pages as contests progress, and so that the users who sign-up can create and edit their own pages. The different role levels make it possible for someone to administer the groups, and for the groups themselves to be granted privileges to create and update team pages.
With those privileges they can geocode the location of anti-texting and driving rallies to have them placed on a calendar. Participants can submit posters, t-shirt designs, and even videos. Administers can set up voting periods on these items, all within Drupal. The extra features do require extra money, but the cost is significantly lower for them because there is a pre-existing code, thanks to the Drupal community.
Drupal takes your website to the next level, and sets your website apart from other websites. It is an easy outlet to manage your website, and does not require any advanced programming language knowledge to operate it. Since Drupal is an open source community, you have the added benefit to request a new feature at a lower cost. According to http://drupal.org “be it Facebook integration, e-commerce store, forum etc.. it's going to be a lot cheaper to get from us because all we're doing is installing and configuring code that's already been written.”
By becoming a part of the Drupal community you join the 925,928 people, in 228 countries, speaking 181 languages, who have the experience needed to help with your questions, difficulties, or requested features. (http://drupal.org) While Drupal benefits many companies and individuals, Drupal is not recommended for single purpose sites, such as wikis and blogs. If your company website does needs expansion and renovation, you can take your website and business to the next level by utilizing all that Drupal has to offer.