Drupal is a content management system (CMS) that makes creating and managing a website easier than ever before from one-click installation to its flexibility through the use of themes, modules and an open-source development group that is second to none. Designed for mid to high traffic sites, Drupal is a powerful and expandable system that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website.
Why choose Drupal?
With a large community of developers, Drupal’s open source framework can be a great choice for your website or blog. This community is growing daily and allows users to extend and customize the functionality of their sites easily.
Drupal, even though it is open source, is trusted by some of the world’s largest entities. Some of these sites are:
- The White House
- The Louvre Museum
- Zynga Games
- The Grammys
- Tesla Motors
- The Economist
- Harvard University’s Science and Engineering Department
In many large and small cities worldwide, you can find a Drupal meetup happening on a frequent basis. For more information on Drupal Groups, please visit http://groups.drupal.org. Additionally, twice a year in North America and Europe, over 3,000 people gather at DrupalCon to discuss, learn, teach and discover all things Drupal.
How to install Drupal?
Installing Drupal on a HostLabs server is easy. Regardless of which control panel you are on, when installing Drupal through Softaculous, you don’t have to worry about setting up files or databases – this is all done for you automatically. Once the installation is complete, you will have a fully functional website. The only thing left to do to your new website is add content and update.
Updating your Drupal site
After you have installed Drupal, chances are you will want to change the look and feel of your website. Drupal offers many different themes for you to choose from that vary in color, functionality and layout. A collection of themes can be found here.
There are many tools that can help you create the perfect website. If you are having trouble with the colors on your site, visit our Color Tools for Any Webmaster post. We have also put together a list of alternatives to Photoshop if graphics manipulation is needed.
One of Drupal’s greatest features is its flexibility. This flexibility is found in modules and extensions. To deliver your site to the visitor as quickly as possible, we highly recommend using a caching module. There are many tools that can assist with optimizing your website; we have put together a list of commonly used modules for you.
We also realize that creating and maintaining a content management system can be time-consuming and tedious at times. HostLabs offers Managed Shared Hosting and partners with the top Web Design Services to help you should the need arise.