Drupal Web Development

dpxHostwaves leverage on Drupal Content Management System (CMS) as our rapid development framework. Its robust, scalable and modular architecture that makes it an ideal for building modern interactive web sites. The speed of implementation would also be improved significantly by having many robust pluggable modules backed up with a vibrant community contributing quality extensions to the existing framework. It implement the current best practices of Web design with respect to semantic xHTML, CSS, and accessible design.

Drupal is open-source software with hundreds of thousands of development-hours behind it. It includes common functionality such as user login, access control, search, hacker prevention capabilities, and more. On top of Drupal's "core", we can install and configure additional modules that allow much more functionality. These might include email newsletters, social networking features, event calendar, blog, etc.

After three intense months of voting, Packt Publishing can today announce that Drupal has won the Overall 2007 Open Source CMS Award. With 18,000 votes on Packt’s website, coupled with the expert opinions from a panel of judges, Drupal succeeds Joomla! as the overall winner


In-house developed CMS vs. using Drupal CMS

drupal cmsDrupal has been around for years and continuesly being developed by hundreds of active developers. With this track record, you can rest assure knowing it will continue to grow and be maintained in the future. Continued active development is important for site adoption and planning. With in-house developed CMS, you need to know that someone has provided the appropriate documentation or commenting throughout so as not to contribute to "Maintenance nightmare". Worst yet if he or the team member has resigned or no longer working on the website.

The Internet is in a constant flux of new ideas and methods for communicating and Drupal is focused on growing with the future and providing standards compliant solutions. Sometimes, there are just too many new technologies coming up and difficult to keep up by s small group of developer!

While we don't know what future web standards or ideas will come often custom site updates involve a complete rewrite of your code. With Drupal you can be sure that it is flexible and modular enough to grow and easily adapt to those changes.

Drupal CMS meets the needs of different types of web sites:

* These websites are not developed by us, but listed here so you can image the capabilities of Drupal functionalities.

Community Portal Sites If you want a news web site where the stories are provided by the audience, Drupal suits your needs well. Incoming stories are automatically voted upon by the audience and the best stories bubble up to the home page. Bad stories and comments are automatically hidden after enough negative votes. Examples: Team Sugar | Kerneltrap

News Publishing Drupal is great for newspapers and other news organizations. Examples: New York Observer  | Savannah Now | NowPublic

Aficionado Sites Drupal flourishes when it powers a portal web site where one person shares their expertise and enthusiasm for a topic. Examples: ia/ | Dirtbike

Intranet/Corporate Web Sites Companies maintain their internal and external web sites in Drupal. Drupal works well for these uses because of its flexible permissions system, and its easy web based publishing. No longer do you have to wait for a webmaster to get the word out about your latest project. Examples: Tipic

Resource Directories If you want a central directory for a given topic, Drupal suits your needs well. Users can register and suggest new resources while editors can screen their submissions. Example: Entomology Index

International Sites When you begin using Drupal, you join a large international community of users and developers. Thanks to the localization features within Drupal, there are many Drupal sites implemented in a wide range of languages. Examples: PuntBarra | cialog

Education Drupal can be used for creating dynamic learning communities to supplement the face-to-face classroom or as a platform for distance education classes. Academic professional organizations benefit from its interactive features and the ability to provide public content, member-only resources, and member subscription management. Examples: WPA | University of Prince Edward Island | Harvard's Science and Engineering department | University of Ghent

Art, TV, Music, Multimedia When it comes to community art sites, Drupal is a great match. No other platform provides the rock solid foundation that is needed to make multimedia rich websites that allow users to share, distribute, and discuss their work with others. As time goes on, Drupal will only develop stronger support for audio, video, images, and playlist content for use in multimedia applications. Examples:
MTV United Kingdom | Sony Music | Terminus1525 | Project Opus | Warner Brothers records | Britney Spears | Jennifer Lopez  |

Social networking sites Drupal has many of common features used in social networking sites. You can build a collection of social networking applications around for your site or use Drupal as a white label social networking service. Examples : imbee | GoingOn | Jewcy


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