Drupal is a free and open-source CMS that is used to build websites and web applications. Out of the box, Drupal has features like content management and authoring, user management, role and permission management, menu management, and more.
Advantages of Drupal
Drupal is being supported by a huge active community. There are a lot of developers coming from around the globe, who continuously contribute and work towards enhancing Drupal’s functionality and security. There are a lot of people helping each other in Drupal forums. There are also people from local areas conduct Drupal events and training for the community.
You can find more about Drupal's community here.
Drupal is designed to meet all security standards. Drupal has security experts who continuously improve Drupal's security against any vulnerabilities. Aside from Drupal's security team, the community is also involved in reporting and resolving security issues of Drupal.
Drupal has gained the trust of large governments and private organizations, that's why they've used Drupal for their website. You can check them out here.
Flexibility and Scalability
Drupal can be customized, simple or complex, both in functionality and appearance.
As of this writing, there are over 41,339 modules (extends Drupals features) and 2,657 themes (customizes Drupal's appearance) you can choose from and you can use for Drupal.
Drupal can be used to create different types of websites and web applications. Drupal can also be used to integrate with other third-party or external systems.
Disadvantages of Drupal
Drupal has a steep learning curve, and getting familiar with how the system works and how to use it effectively might be difficult at first.
Drupal's user interface is not user-friendly, especially for non-technical users. There are a lot of technical terms on Drupal's admin interface that won't be intuitive for first-time users.
Drupal can be a server resource hog if not tweaked properly. Drupal runs a lot of code and features when being loaded on the browser. If optimization and caching is not setup properly on Drupal, It will usually end up with memory limit or CPU usage issue.
Is Drupal worth it?
Personally, from a developer's perspective, Drupal is just another tool for web development at the end of the day. There are other tools you can use in developing websites or web applications. It would really depend on the complexity and the budget of the client for the project.
Drupal can be a bit difficult when you are still new to it. However, once you get the hang of it, you'll realize how powerful Drupal is.
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