Drupal Development

Plan Left builds the majority of our websites in Drupal. The reason for this is pretty simple. It’s an open source platform, which means that we do not have to pass any licensing costs on to our customers. The very active development community shares information freely, so any bugs are quickly found and fixed. That same community also builds out modules (tools) that can be configured and used to create your fully customized website.

The benefits of using Drupal 7 are:

Improved User Interface – The completely redesigned user interface now allows even novice and non-technical users to interact with all the Administrative sections of the website. Easy-to-find shortcuts and customizable dropdowns make Drupal 7 an improved and easy-to-use Content Management System (CMS)

Core Content Entry Enhancement – Drupal 7 offers an enhanced set of tools to allow users greater ease and better access in their content entry and management processes.

Speed and Performance Increase – Drupal 7 rations the use of database calls to improve the overall speed and performance. Drupal 7 also implements advanced caching, and performance enhancement options allow it to utilize fewer SQL queries while giving the end user a noticeable increase in speed and performance.

API Improvements – Drupal 7 features many changes to the API. One of the most notable is the use of PHP Data Objects. PDOs allow users to write more “portable” code that can work with a variety of databases. Notably among these is the new concept of entities. Entities allow for a level of abstraction in programmatic data management, letting developers have even more control and customizability over the various aspects of the Drupal workflow and management experience.

Drupal 7 also introduced a number of hooks, which are basically a way for modules to connect to the Drupal core. This allows module developers to create a deeper customization and for functionality to be completely removed from the theme layer. Both site upgrades and theme changes become much cleaner, faster, and more efficient processes.

If all the benefits we just outlined went right over your head, we would be happy to give you a demo of the interface and the CMS to make sure you are comfortable with it. Drupal allows for a lot of customization but is also great right 'out of the box.' We look forward to working with you and your new Drupal website.



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