QMUL Drupal CMS (Content Management System)
Drupal is a robust open-source, community-supported Content Management System.
Drupal is provided as a core functioning website in the initial download, and modules (like Wordpress plug-ins) are available for almost anything you can think of. It is also possible to download a pre-configured distribution, which comes with modules already set up.
Some benefits of Drupal include
- No programming knowledge is needed, even for the administrator (though a technical mind is helpful!) There are many illustrated installation guides online including this one - it's not quite the Wordpress famous 'one click install', but it's close.
- Very easy to use for contributors, can be operated from any browser (including very old or very new ones, and mobile phone browsers). Little or no training required for those adding content, using a visual (wysiwyg) editor. A typical content creation page is pictured below.
- Easy to integrate with social media (Twitter, Facebook, RSS feeds)
- A huge community of users and developers providing support - plenty of documentation here
- Great for blogging and news - add a news article once, and have it automatically appear anywhere on the site - sidebars, teasers, main content etc.
Sites using Drupal include
Within Queen Mary, departments using it so far include
We maintain a Drupal mailing list, drupal-discuss, for help and ideas on using Drupal at Queen Mary; feel free to join and ask questions, or email firstname.lastname@example.org