Nowadays there are tons of platforms you can use for your site development. You can use them depending on the price, architecture, or your personal liking. If you are not ready or simply don’t need to build a whole website from scratch, you can turn to one of the CMS's (content management systems). They are currently presented in such a variety that you might get lost trying to understand them all. While WordPress remains the most popular option when CMS's come into play, there are a few other options which might suit you even better. One of those is Drupal. Let’s take a closer look at what Drupal is and some famous Drupal websites.
What is Drupal?
Drupal is a content management system which includes standard content-altering features as well as many other features. Unlike WordPress, which is mainly used for blogs, Drupal can be used for a variety of things. This is one of the reasons why there is such a large number of famous Drupal sites. Drupal is a well-developed open-source software which is almost two decades old. As well as the other CMS's, Drupal allows you to manage content to your liking. You can decide how the content will look, who can edit it and how they can edit it, set certain limitations, and so on.
What makes Drupal different from other CMS's is its flexibility and scalability. It’s a very flexible software that allows you to create any content you want. As for scalability, websites using Drupal can use any of the multiple modules already available for the software. And since the software is open-source you can create a new module if you didn’t find the one you want.
Who uses Drupal?
To back up all the talk made before, we are going to give you a few examples of Drupal-built websites. Those range from USA governmental sites, which they use to talk to the public, to news channels, blogs, universities, and some enterprise companies.
- Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly is a publication owned by Time, Inc. They cover art subjects like music, theatre, television, concerts, and so on. They are famous for covering celebrity stories, ticket sales, publications, and ratings.
- The City of London
The City of London uses Drupal to provide updates to citizens, communicate any changes, and get feedback. Besides posting information on the website, they allow citizens to take surveys and discuss anything that is posted.
- New York State
The New York State website provides information about everything related to the territory of the state. All alerts, news and attractions are posted there. One can also check information regarding services provided and apply for jobs, scholarships, and certifications available.
- Australian Government
The Australian Government - one of the websites built with Drupal - gives information on basically anything related to the country. From government info to visas and tourist attractions. You can find information about education, health, and environment. It is also possible to check local news and social media and get to the governmental portal.
Taboola is a platform for content marketing which allows you to display any content related to the user's previous search. The platform is being used by some giants like BBC, Huffington Post, and USA Today.
NCAA (The National Collegiate Athletic Association) is a non-profit institution in the USA which regulates athletes from more than 1000 institutions across the US. Those include colleges, conferences, and even individuals. And they have developed their website using Drupal.
Tesla has been in so many discussions lately. The world’s best electric car manufacturer is one of the largest Drupal website examples. Tesla used Drupal to build their multi-language websites. Looks pretty neat and easy to use.
Box is a simple file sharing and collaboration software company. They have built their website with Drupal to provide their services. The software can be integrated with a number of other solutions like Office365, Slack, IBM, GoogleApps, etc. Some of the biggest clients of the company include P&G, Boston Scientific, and Pandora.
Verizon has a very simple and great website for their Digital media Services created with Drupal. It’s quite minimalistic but has all the information you might need. This proves once again, how widely the Drupal software can be used.
Pinterest’s choice for the business part of their website fell on Drupal. This part is dedicated to businesses working with Pinterest. It also provides solutions for working with them, success stories and some other useful information.
Yes, you read it right, huge corporations like Twitter are also using Drupal. Even though Twitter itself is not built on Drupal, it uses the software for their developers portal. This is where they provide their API, documentation, and forward you to the Forums.
eBay company website is also built on Drupal. This is where you can get detailed information about the company, apply for jobs or check anything that’s happening. It’s eBay’s official communication channel.
Timex is a famous American watch brand founded back in the middle of the 19th century. Currently, it is a part of a Dutch holding company which includes some more well-known watch manufacturers.
Nokia Corporation has their multiple global websites created with the help of Drupal. They promote their products on their websites as well as provide latest news and updates regarding their manufacturing.
- McDonald’s Australia
McDonald’s Australia has also decided to dive into Drupal’s stability and create a website for themselves with this software. The branch uses the website to provide their offers, direct their customers to the closest Mc restaurant, and to entertain their guests. You can also learn anything you possibly want to about McDonald’s on their website. Their story, development, job opportunities, and so on.
- Charles Schwab
Charles Schwab is a financing company providing a range of services from investments and bank services to retirement. All the information you may need is provided on their website along with prices and conditions.
Principal is another of the popular Drupal websites. It deals with investments, insurances, and retirement. The website is available in two languages - English and Spanish - and provides information about financial possibilities.
- Harvard University
Probably one of the most popular websites built with Drupal. One of the oldest and most prestigious universities has a complex multi-page website available for visitors. You can find all the information about the university, the terms of admission, scholarships, and much more. The website also has social media accounts embedded into the website, as well as some videos and news.
- Stanford University
Another top US university has also chosen Drupal as their platform. The website provides information for existing and prospective students. You can find all the news and information required for your ongoing or future studies. Stanford also allows you to learn about the research going on in the university.
- Lady Gaga
Some celebrities choose Drupal for their website development. One such example is Lady Gaga. The website is built for providing information on the singer’s tours, announcements, and ticket sales.
- Eric Clapton
It's not only pop stars who are in love with Drupal. The website of Eric Clapton, a great rock and blues performer and songwriter, was also created with the software. The site is dedicated to Eric’s career, his gigs, and news.
- The Emmy Awards
The Emmys have built an excellent website using Drupal software. It serves to depict gallery, videos, share interviews, and other news for the award. The website gives the fullest information on the TV industry and is, of course, integrated with their social media.
Probably one of the best sites made with Drupal is NASA's. It provides an exquisite amount of information, research, news and other things related to the institution.
How the White House left Drupal
The White House website started using Drupal back in 2009. This was a big move both for the government and the open-source software. However, with the new president, the decisions have changed. At the end of 2017, the White House website was moved to WordPress. There were no loud announcements related to the move. It is being said that the change is a money-saving move. Some suggested that Andrew Nacin, the WordPress lead developer, had something to do with the transition, since Nacin is working for the U.S. Digital Service. However, in his Twitter post the developer stated he had no relation to the move from Drupal and added that, in his opinion, the website lacks some functionality seen on other sites.
The final word
As you can see, many big corporations are choosing Drupal due to its stability, the variety of features available, and many other reasons. The software is not limited to one purpose and is widely accessible due to its being open-source. Whatever the purpose of your website might be, you should definitely look into Drupal. We can assure you, you will find the answers you seek.