Why We Love Drupal

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The other day we were talking to a new prospective client about how we make websites and we started talking about Drupal, which is the open source content management system that we have been using for the last couple of years, and I'm embarrassed to say that we sounded a bit gushy!

The truth is that Drupal has competely changed the way we build sites - and we are not looking back! So, what is it about this oddly-named software that gets us so excited?

It's Powerful
So far, Drupal has delivered everything we've needed from a CMS. Whenever a job has needed an extra edge, Drupal has had it. It helps you create, collaborate, edit, search, store and manage.

It's Portable
We don't own the code, so if our clients want to move to another agency (as if they would!) or another server, they can move the whole thing - and easily find another Drupal specialist  to take on the job. Using a bespoke CMS created by an agency can effectively tie you in to that agency - and who likes being tied down?

It's Secure
Popular content management systems are common targets for hackers, that is why Drupal issue regular security patches for not only the core system, but also for contributed modules. Turtlereality are emailed as soon as patches are available and we can apply them immediately.

It's Easy for the Client to Use
Drupal is a massive and complicated system - but it also allows us to build pared down dashboards and control panels for our clients. We can tailor the admin site to give individuals access to only the elements they need to edit.

It's Expandable
Drupal starts with the core modules which do the basics, but in addition to that we can add from a range of thousands of bolt-on modules. If you have a requirement, the chances are somebody else has had the same need - and written a module. If it doesn't work quite how we want, we can improve it and add the improvement back to the development community.

It Has a Great E-Commerce System
We have evaluated a lot of e-commerce systems in the last few years, and Ubercart is one of the best we have seen. Coupled with the fact that it benefits from all the other good points of Drupal it makes it our top choice. Playbark.com was recently made using Ubercart. It can also be used as a catalogue without the basket and checkout functions - as seen on the Dentsply website.

It Backs its Data Up 
Drupal has a great module that saves scheduled backups to a variety of locations on and off the server.

It's Supported by a Large Network - not a potentially vulnerable company
Software companies don't all live forever. Products can sometimes be discontinued or the company can disappear. Upgrade paths might be more expensive than you would like. Drupal is based around a large worldwide community of users and developers and less likely to be prone to these problems. When choosing a CMS it's important to think of the long term and Drupal is almost certainly going to be there to help.

It Scales
If your site takes off and becomes a global phenomenon Drupal can handle it, as proved by the next point.

It's Been Used for Some Very Prestigous Organisations
Here are some of the high-profile sites built using Drupal:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/ - US government
http://london.gov.uk/ - Greater London Authority & Mayor of London
http://www.economist.com/ - The Economist
http://www.wfp.org/ - World Food Programme
http://www.mensa.org/ - Mensa (and they are apparantley very clever!)
http://kofiannanfoundation.org/ - Kofi Annan Foundation

It's FREE!
All that, and it's free! No wonder we are a bit gushy!

Testimonials

"Having had various web designers in the past we were keen to change to a local company who could produce exactly what we wanted in terms of a site that allowed us to manage most of the content from our office. Turtlereality have exceeded our expectations and have risen to the challenge. Not only did they build exactly what we asked for but they have continued to amend and improve it as we have developed."
Aid Training
"A fantastic company to deal with, always friendly and helpful - nothing is too much trouble. We recieve regular compliments from our customers on our "lovely looking and easy to use website" Service is of up most importance to us and Jon and Lena at Turtlereality have worked beyond the call of duty to make sure our website is always up and running and ready to take orders from our customers."
Leon Ward
Crest of a Wave
"Everyone is very impressed. Looks great and was pretty painless for us! "
Ellen DuPont
Toucan Books
"This is looking absolutely BRILLIANT!! It is contemporary and reflects the character of the brand exactly. "
Boots Botanics
Boots the Chemists
"Working with Turtlereality was a pleasure from beginning to end. They were 100% professional, full of great ideas and extremely helpful. I was thrilled with my site and I know that anyone who signs up for their services will be more than happy with the result. "
Pink Spider Communications
"I'm completely shocked that the site I had in my head a few months ago is about to launch! You've done a great job. I really feel that you listened to everything I was suggesting. "
Lorna Harris
Boudica
"I can't thank you enough for all the great work you've done for us these past years. Without you we wouldn't be where we are."
Juice Images
"The site looks fantastic and I am very pleased with the results. You are the rare breed of web designers who know your technical stuff but can apply good creative design principles to client projects making them functional and aesthetic."
Niall McOnegall
Imagey
"Things are going well and growing steadily and lot of that is down to the website through which I receive over 80% of my orders and is a great interface to my existing customers. All in all I'm well pleased!"
Red Earth Organics
"From the very start of our talks, Turtlereality has shown an absolute understanding of our needs, which resulted in the completion of a very fine and bespoke piece of IT kit: two Intranet Portals, user-friendly, clean design, effective from day 1!"
Landell Mills Lot1 & Lot12
"Turtlereality came up trumps with a comprehensive site perfectly tailored for our needs. They respond quickly and efficiently and everything is explained in simple easy to understand language. There is no 'sales talk' and often we are contacted with suggestions for improvements which are for our benefit, not theirs. "
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