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Monday, October 24, 2005

Ditching WordPress - moving to Drupal

Steve of De-generationX.net was puzzled why we are using WordPress for our new website rather than a free "Content Management System" called Drupal. After browsing Drupal's list of built-in features and modules (equivalent to plugins), I've come to think the same.

So why isn't everyone using Drupal? It is clearly better in most respects than WordPress and many other CMS's and both are completely free - but Drupal has a crappy marketing campaign. For example this is how it describes itself:
Drupal.org is the official website of Drupal, an open source content management platform.

Equipped with a powerful blend of features, Drupal can support a variety of websites ranging from personal weblogs to large community-driven websites.
Did anyone else just fall off their seat with their eyes twitching? Talk about selling your product down. It sounds like you need to be ultra-techie just to install and get it running. But not so.

Anyways, I should have a prototype of the Drupal version of sirhumphreys.com working by next weekend. Fortunately the CSS template (how it looks) is almost finalised, I just have to figure out how to add rounded corners to content boxes.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 10/24/2005 11:19:00 AM


Anonymous suze said...

why rounded corners?
and can you still do word replacement for comments?

10/24/2005 12:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

Yes, you can still do word replacement for comments if you want to. The number of modules (plugins) available for Drupal is outstanding and growing daily. The API if you want to write your own modules is also extremely easy to get your head around as well. You don't have to be a master PHP coder (although that would be useful) to make things happen.

Drupal also supports a million different ways of building themes. You can use Smarty templates, PHPtemplates, Generic HTML templates with tags and a lot of others. If there is a particular method you want to use but it doesn't exist, you can even put together template engines to do it.

AL, if you want a hand with Drupal, just fire q's my way. I've starting using Blogger for my own blog lately, but many of my client sites (and my own business site) are Drupal so I'm still using it on a daily basis. I'm not any use when it comes to design, but code is something I can help with. :-)

10/24/2005 01:43:00 PM  

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