Hang around the Texas Creative web development team very long and you’ll inevitably hear Drupal mentioned.

DrupliconWhat is Drupal?

Drupal is a Content Management System (CMS). Content management systems allow a site owner or user to add, edit, or delete content (text, images, video, etc) inside of an easy to use publishing workflow instead of needing to know HTML or how to program anything. But Drupal is more than just a CMS: It is a CMS-builder. Drupal allows us to build a custom CMS for each of our clients based on thier specific needs. While many parts of a website are the same from one to the next, there are always special cases. The Drupal CMS lays the framework for us to develop anything that our clients need on one unified platform that anyone can use.

Why use Drupal?

  • It is open source - While proprietary software may have its place, open source software has substantial advantages when it comes to something as public as a website. You can leverage the work of tens of thousands of developers all using the same coding standards and checking each others work in an ongoing iterative process. Not to mention that open source software is used without licensing fees, immediately providing a monitary benefit for its use.
  • Greater flexibility - Drupal has a resevior of modules that have been developed to do just about anything a website can do. The modules are free to use and in a centralized repository for easily selecting the best of the bunch. On the occassion that your particular need doesn’t fit the exact features of an existing module, a little PHP code from our experienced team of developers is all that is needed to add the required functionality.
  • Proven scalability - No matter how big your website is, Drupal can scale to your needs and give your website visitors a smooth experience. Some of the largest and most trafficked websites on the internet were built using Drupal, including Grammys.com, Economist.com, Stanford Law SchoolFTC.govFCC.gov, and 9/11Memorial.org
  • Thriving community - Among open source CMSs, Drupal’s community is one of the largest and healthiest. The core principles of Drupal encourage cooperation among community members while still spurring on innovation.
  • Security is a priority - Drupal has a dedicated security team that supports not only the core CMS, but any recommended release of a community contributed module.

Texas Creative is a Drupal Association Organization MemberTexas Creative’s contributions to Drupal

Texas Creative supports the Drupal community through membership in the Drupal Association (since 2013). We also regularly send our developers to Drupal events around the country to further develop their skills. We contribute code to Drupal by releasing some of our custom modules as open source contribution (contrib) modules on Drupal.org for others to freely use. Also, our team reports and fixes issues on other contrib modules so that the community benefits. Texas Creative supports the San Antonio Drupal User Group (SADUG) in any way we can by hosting occasional meetings at our studio and participating in lively discussions in Slack or in person with other SADUG members.

Drupal Related Blog Posts

Why I Like Drupal 8 and You Should Too
12 Sep
by Jaime Contreras

The profession of building websites has seen many changes in the last few years. SEO, website performance, multi-screen responsiveness, and accessibility are no longer luxuries. On top of that, tools have emerged that have improved the development experience and simplified scalability. Finding a modern CMS or framework that can incorporate ALL of these considerations is difficult. Especially when the flexibility to be able to create unique websites is also important. This is where Drupal 8 outshines other frameworks.

Existing Values Autocomplete Widget
11 Jul
by Art Williams

Providing the content creator a field with a list of values to choose from is a common requirement when building a Drupal site. It’s also something that can be achieved in a variety of ways, each having pros and cons to the approach. Texas Creative’s web team has developed a module that we believe fills a missing gap in this type of field.

Drupal 8: How to Alter Forms Without Modules
06 Jun
by Kemane Wright

Sometimes when working with Drupal’s exposed forms, you might get stuck with a field type that you don’t want. Often times you can find a module to help improve the style or functionality of these forms. However, in some cases using a module will not be available and you will have to make modifications directly to the code.

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