Eight top Business Reasons to choose Drupal 8
The release of Drupal 8 on November 19, 2015 comes with more than 200 new features and improvements for programmers and developers. Drupal being flexible, highly scalable and technically advanced, its latest release; Drupal 8; is looked after to be the strongest.
One will find abundant technical information regarding the benefits of Drupal 8. But very few know that Drupal 8 is beneficial to an organization in a business perspective too.
There has never been a better time to choose Drupal to accomplish your business goals. Here’s why ...
1. Mobile First
Drupal 8 is architected to support mobile first initiatives, i.e. Drupal 8 can be easily managed from a smartphone with a responsive experience that works in devices of all shapes and sizes. This means that one does not have to build a mobile website.
Supports “Headless Drupal” or now known as “Decoupled Drupal”, meaning regardless of the technology used for front-end development, Drupal can be used only as a back-end content management system.
In the past, authoring in Drupal was totally dependent on the development for managing the content. But now, in addition to WYSIWYG editor, the provision of in-line and in-context editing, content management is far easier than ever. This is huge for people who simply need to edit content and manage content on the website.
3. Performance and Scalability
Just to give you an idea, a previously calculated benchmark found Drupal handling 230 requests per second as compared to Wordpress handling 40 requests per second - almost 6 times as much traffic.
Drupal is a complex and interactive application with customized functionality, this would normally reduce an application’s performance. But due to extensive and smart caching, it runs on lower hardware specs, giving it the edge against its competitors regarding handling large amounts of traffic.
Drupal scales with the company. It offers the benefit of being able to join your organisation wherever it is on its transformation journey.
The Drupal community is one of the most important aspects of Drupal 8. This 15 year old community is spread across the globe. The hundreds of thousands of Drupal developers who build their digital projects on Drupal, also contribute code, support, update, troubleshoot and further enhance the Drupal platform, round the clock. To support this huge community, a DrupalCon is organised thrice every year, where Drupalers get together helping, contributing and celebrating the Drupal platform.
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5. Growth Potential
The amount of things that can be done with Drupal, is what makes it such a popular platform.
One can start with a small, basic brochure site and gradually add community features, e-commerce, groups, workflows, publishing engines, rating systems, scheduling systems, mapping systems, etc., making it easy to change and grow with the organisation.
6. Translation and Localisation
Drupal 8 platform was built to support any languages from the authoring side, with customizable interfaces to dozens of languages. It also supports business processes that involve language translation and localization.
With a growing ecosystem of digital technologies, integrations are very important for marketing and more. Drupal is a great foundation for Web content management and digital experience management owing to its capabilities to integrate with the state of the art technologies and current marketing technologies. It gives the freedom and flexibility to choose the technologies one wants to use for things like marketing automation, email marketing, social media integrations, etc.
8. Ownership: no vendor lock-in
Like other open source softwares, Drupal is completely free; no licence cost whatsoever. Because of this, one can choose from thousands of vendors when in need of help, compared to an unresponsive SaaS (Software as a Service) vendor.
Moreover, one has total control over the pace of change, has full access and control over the data , the timing of upgrades and what your site does - you own everything, instead of relying on the Saas vendor to make decisions that impact your site, and thus impacting your business.
This is only the tip of the iceberg. With improved SEO friendliness, accessibility and tighter security, the platform only gets better as it matures. With its growing popularity and the Drupal community behind it, the increasing projects guarantee updates and improvements continuously.
The support for Drupal 6 was ended three months after the release of Drupal 8, that is, on 24th February 2016. With a very recent release of Drupal 8 and the support for Drupal 7 still going strong, opting for Drupal 8 for your business will ensure support for the same for at least 7 years to come.
Hopefully, this might have convinced you to start thinking about adopting Drupal for your business goals.
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