How is Drupal Used?

Any enterprise that requires a fair amount of working with content is a likely candidate for Drupal and because it is so easily extended and flexible there aren’t any real limitations. (FYI: WhiteHouse.org is a Drupal site and that should give you a good idea of the scope and security Drupal is capable of.) The most common uses at this time are as follows: Community portal, aficionado sites, news publishing, intranet/corporate websites, resource directories, educational sites (organizations with memberships as well as virtual classroom), international websites in particular benefit from Drupal’s localization features, social networking sites, art, music and multimedia sites.

Drupal can be used from anything from a personal website with multimedia clips your friends can comment on to a massive corporate site with article libraries, personnel databases and different permissions/security settings for various classifications of users- so that only managers can see personnel files, while some pages (like the company’s mission statement or an “upcoming events” page) do not even require member log in. For more information on Drupal uses, click here. Community portal sites: This is especially suited for those who want news websites where the audience provides the stories. The audience votes on incoming stories automatically.

The best stories will get bumped up to the homepage and bad ones are automatically hidden after receiving enough negative votes. Aficionado sites: When it’s powering a portal website in which an individual shares their enthusiasm and expertise on a topic, Drupal flourishes. News publishing: For newspapers and other news organizations, Drupal is great. Intranet/Corporate websites: Many companies choose Drupal to maintain both internal and external websites. Drupal’s easy web-based publishing and flexible permissions system mean you don’t have to wait for a webmaster anymore when getting info out on your newest project. Resource directories: Drupal is very well suited to creating a central directory for any given topic. It’s ideal for users and editors since users can register and suggest new resources quickly and easily and editors just screen the submissions. Education: As a supplement to classroom interaction, Drupal can create dynamic learning communities or can be used as a platform for long-distance education classes. Academic organizations or pedagogy institutions find particular use in Drupal’s interactive features as well as Drupal’s ability to differentiate between and provide member-only resources, public content and member subscription management. International sites:

The Drupal community consists of users and developers all over the world. Because it’s an international community they’ve developed localization features within Drupal and there are many Drupal sites that have been set up in a variety of languages. Art, Music and Multimedia: Drupal provides an amazingly solid foundation that is necessary to make multimedia-rich websites that lets users share, distribute and discuss their work with others. With the passage of time, Drupal will only develop stronger support for video, audio, images and playlist content for use in multimedia applications. Social Networking sites: A lot of features used commonly in social networking sites are set up already in Drupal. You can build a collage of social networking applications for your site or just use Drupal as a basic social networking service.