What does the State of Drupal mean to Consumers?
Every 6 months, Dries Buytaert the founder of the Drupal web development platform presents a State of Drupal. This post is written to look at Dries’ presentation from a consumer point of view.
Most people who are using this website do not know that they are using a Drupal site, nor do they need to know. Most users also do not know you are using Drupal when you go to hundreds of thousands of other sites. There are large well known websites like the White House or the Economist magazine and there are smaller more locally known sites like this one or Columbine Design.
Drupal adoption is growing in companies of all sizes whether it is enterprise applications or micro sites and small businesses they are all making the adoption. It is growing rapidly in education. According to research done by the Drupal Association 39% of .edu domains use Drupal as their platform. The New York Stock Exchange is switching to Drupal showing that Drupal has the ability, and functionality to work in the enterprise level. It also shows that it clearly can be large scale, secure, and robust in the services it can provide.
Small to medium sized businesses are also adopting Drupal because it provides a more robust system than other platforms available. The fact that Drupal is growing and that features are getting better will bring enterprise features to all businesses.
Enterprise companies are adopting Drupal because of the wonderful community building tools it provides as well as the ability to be used as a system to launch sites of all sizes. Using Drupal, a core community site can be created and micro sites can be easily launched for brands, projects and initiatives.
According to a survey done by Dries Buytaert making media/asset handling better, make usability better out of the box, better mobile support, and better integration of What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editors are major issues for end users. Also very important is content staging. Content staging is the ability to have content that is being worked on by site builders and then pushed to a public site when ready.
There are contributed modules to the Drupal project that solve for some of the issues with Drupal. Creating mobile sites is possible using freely available tools. There are also tools available for creating editorial workflows, powerful ecommerce and much more. Out of the box Drupal may appear very daunting but companies like Denver DataMan can make it so that anyone can use Drupal in ways that match the business case they are trying to solve.
Drupal continuously needs to improve. It has features missing for companies of all sizes. The community of Drupal developers are working to make the core of Drupal better as well as the many modules that plug into Drupal to extend it.
There is lots of exciting things happening in the Drupal Community right now for developers and end users alike. It is with the support of an engaged and excited community that allows for great products to not only be released, but continuously improved upon.