Oct 21 2010
Building a website is almost a necessity this day and age. Whether you have a personal means to keep up with all friends from your many travels and life experiences or you are trying to get the wheels rolling on a business that will feed your family and offer independence from “working for the Man,” a website can be your most important commodity. In order to get the most from it, you need something that is user-friendly, current, and seamless. You need a Drupal core content management system. Drupal is a free open-source CMS that is always being updated with new and effective web design and functionality features, while not costing you a cent. Written in the PHP programming language, Drupal is one of the most popular tools of some of the most popular sites. Here’s what it can do for you:
Account registration allows you to keep up with your visitors and build a network for targeted promotions. Your visitors are your success, and by incorporating a tool that helps you build an ongoing relationship with them, you essentially have a network of customers that can boost your business, whether you sell information or a tangible product.
RSS feeds give you the power to supply your visitors with a steady stream of content that will be of interest to them and keep them coming back to the site day after day. The web is a daily addiction, but it is a place of short attention spans. If you do not have them hooked with a steady stream of constantly updated content, then you could lose them. RSS feeds allow you to reach your readership with personal news items and perhaps even local, national, or global news items from other sites that you feel may be of interest to them based on their interest in your site.
Visitor empowering tools helps to build a sense of community that can propel your site for years to come. Community is everything online. People spend so much time on the web, they need a way to communicate and feel like their time is well-spent. Forums and blog spaces help to do this.
Easy website installation and maintenance allows you to keep technical costs (and expertise) to a minimum. In other words, you don’t have to know a lot about PHP or Drupal in order to use it. It’s that stripped down and self-explanatory.
Full customization options give you the ability to freely change the look and feel of your website. If you do want to initiate significant changes in the look and feel of your site, make sure you have the technical know-how. Whether it’s you or an employee, Drupal gives you the power to change at will.
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