drupal cms

If you are building a website for your online business the first thing on your mind should be the content management system (CMS) you are going to host it on. Most website owners focus on web design without considering the platform they are going to deploy the site and this leads to problems in future as traffic increases. Whether you are building a blogging site or an e-commerce website it is important to assess different CMSs in the market. This will also help you choose the right database to use.

The CMS you choose will be utilized to allow more efficient workflow, increase the levels of interactivity and enhance functionality. If you are building a professional business site there are different content management platforms but most database administrators vouch for Drupal CMS. It is an open source PHP-based CMS compatible with different databases in the market.

The free CMS is popular for e-commerce websites and it is important to get more insight on the same in order to make an informed choice. Below is a short guide on Drupal CMS and the best database management system (DBS) to use for your website.

Drupal Background

If you have visited the Economist’s, Arizona University’s site or Mint’s website you must have noted some similarities. All these sites are hosted on Drupal which gives them a more professional feel without compromising on the user experience. Drupal is written using PHP code and this saves developers lots of time and money that would have otherwise been wasted developing the site from scratch. The CMS is ideal for people with advanced technical skills in coding. However, the ultimate product is a high-performance website that is unique to perfectly suit your brand.

Drupal was released in 2001 by DreisBuytaert and was supporting over 763,000 websites by 2015. With over 15 million downloads it is the 3rd most popular CMS. It features over 2,000 free themes fro easy customization and over 26,000 free plugins for easier scalability as your website grows. This is an enterprise-ready CMS ideal for busy websites that require optimal performance. Its one-click installation feature makes it ideal to create an enterprise website in record time.

Why Choose Drupal?

Of course, there are many content management platforms out there but more developers are going for Drupal. Here are some ideas why you should also opt fro this open source CMS for your business website:

  1. Cost-savings: One problem most business owners face when building an online presence is the high cost of site development. Drupal is open source software which cuts the cost of web development significantly. The free themes and plugins contribute greatly in developing a unique site with increased performance as traffic and content grow.
  2. Easy customization: If you want to attain your business objectives your website has to stand out. Internet users looking for your site should get a familiar feel when they visit your pages and this is where Drupal customization features come in handy. From the layout, design to functionality this CMS is highly customizable which comes in handy for web developers struggling to meet unique client requirements.
  3. Faster web development: Drupal comes with out-of-the-box clean markup code, blog publishing, content management features, forums, user login modules and all these cut the development time.
  4. Large community: One advantage of using open software is the invaluable contribution of theme designers who are constantly developing amazing products. This is easy to realize your site’s vision when you use Drupal CMS by leveraging stock graphics, responsive layouts, fonts, aesthetics, color schemes and much more. Whatever unique site design you have in mind it is easy to make it a reality today.
  5. Enterprise-range software: Every business owner expects their investment to grow rapidly. As such you need a CMS that supports your vision and Drupal does exactly this. This enterprise-class software is optimized for easy scalability, enhanced security, manageability, reliability and flexibility which are exactly what your business needs. You can start with a few pages and grow to thousands without changing anything. It easy to manage security and performance parameters from the console and it is no wonder even the Grammys and White House use this CMS.
  6. Rock solid security: With ongoing concerns over data breaches facing most websites you need a CMS that offers enhanced security and Drupal is renowned in this.
  7. SEO friendly CMS: Drupal features powerful modules, clean code and amazing publishing capability which makes this one of the friendliest CMSs available.
  8. Mobile ready CMS: More people are on mobile and your website should be optimized to leverage these growing numbers of internet users. Drupal is mobile ready and your pages will easily be viewed on all mobile devices.
  9. Ecommerce CMS: If you are selling products or services on your site adding eCommerce modules on Drupal is a breeze. Payment gateways can also be integrated on Drupal easily.
  10. Extended support functionality: Drupal functions as a stand-alone operation and there is no need to add third party apps. With the extensive range of modules available it is possible to create customized modules to meet any specifications.

Using Drupal with Oracle Database

Whichever version of Drupal you are using it is important to find the best database to guarantee your leverage the benefits of this versatile CMS. Oracle is the most recommended database due to its extended performance, technical support, market presence, regular upgrades and high-quality products. You will need the services of an Oracle remote DBAto get the job done. These experts have the expertise and resources to install Drupal on Oracle and they will save you a lot of time and money that would have otherwise been used in training your in-house IT team.

Installing Drupal on MySQL is straightforward but on Oracle, it gets more technical. Once you have chosen the profile and language you will need to verify the requirement and install PDO fro OCI in addition to Oracle Driver. This technical stuff requires someone with coding skills. Your DBA expert will also help in monitoring and be maintaining the Oracle database to guarantee optimal performance of your website.

Author Bio

Sujain Thomas is an Oracle remote DBA working in San Francisco. She has over 17 years writing code and programming and her services are highly sought in the industry. To learn more visit her website.