Posted to Ben Finklea's blog on May 6th, 2009

Three Ways to Utilize Drupal

One of the first decisions you have to make when building a website is choosing a content management system (CMS). It is important to establish the objective of your site before you invest any elbow grease into your digital home. Ideally, you would like to choose a CMS that is easy to use with a wide range of functionality. Thorough research is always recommended, but that may just be how you found this blog post... Let me save you some time: Drupal is an excellent choice for any type of webmaster because it is easy to theme, it has the functionality of Bo Jackson (in his prime) and is supported by a large community of powerful “Drupalonians”. Not sold yet? Here are three ways to utilize Drupal for your website.

1. Blogging

Everyone is doing it. In fact, there are some who feel that if ‘you ain’t bloggin’, you ain’t communicatin’. This is one of the most common uses for Drupalonians and one of the functions you will probably use on a daily basis. Drupal comes ready for blogging straight out of the box and has many modules available that will enhance your blog’s functionality.

There is a micro blog module that allows users the option to have their post titles posted to all enable microblogging services, such as Twitter and Facebook.

No one likes spam, or spam for that matter. BlogSpam provides a central location on your site where you can checks comments for various spam indicators.

If you still need help to get your blog where you want it to be, look into Blog Aid. It is a helper module for bloggers that contains some usability enhancements for content creation and management. It is designed for one user blog sites, and helps reduce the amount of clicking you need to get to the end result.

2. News Portal

For those folks who want or need to have tons of information on their site, Drupal is the way to go. There is a module called Views that provides a flexible method for webmasters and designers to control how lists and tables are presented. It is basically a “smart query builder” that allows you to display information in uniquely different ways. In the words of Ferris Bueller, “it is so choice”.

3. User-Specific Site

Drupal prides itself in its user management system, with user profiles ready to be created from the get-go. It also comes with the ability to connect your website to Twitter and Facebook. A module called Organic Groups that allows people to organize themselves into groups that can have their own themes, language, taxonomy and the ability to be selective or not. It’s like middle school all over again!

These three utilizations of Drupal are just a glimpse into the possibilities of the popular content management system. Many Drupalonians will attest that it has been a guiding light for their online businesses. Transitioning to the web can be a frustrating and discouraging task, if you don’t use the right tools for your product and service, but it is still a necessary process if you want to stay afloat in today’s world. Volacci is the leading Drupal SEO company and very passionate about your online success. By the end of your contract you will have at least as much additional business from your web site as you spend on our services... or we'll work for free until you do.

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