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Thunder & Lightning: Best Drupal Distributions for Media and Publishing

Drupal technology is the best option for the Media industry, providing enormous opportunities. That’s the reason why more than 70% of Top 30 Media & Entertainment companies choose Drupal. In this article, we’ll dive into the prime Drupal distributions for Media & Publishing website: Thunder and Lightning. These solutions provide numerous modules and ultra-features to empower editorial processes while reducing the cost of website development. With the help of these Drupal distributions, you can create unique and easy-to-use publishing tools specifically for your business needs. Drupal Distributions Change the Game There are many Drupal distributions dedicated to one or another segment or industry. Distributions save your time and, therefore, money. Further works and updates could be made via a package mode as well since all included modules and features have been thoroughly integrated. The only remaining challenge goes to the selection of the most appropriate option. When it comes to Media and Publishing projects, there are two popular Drupal distributions worth your special attention.  Thunder: Web-based Open-source Drupal Distribution Newbie users of CMS systems might consider Drupal distributions as the “lite” solutions designed for amateurish creators only: supposedly, the “true” professionals should dive deeply into the very core of Drupal. The best counterargument against such a concept is that many business sharks prefer just distributions to create their platforms. The Economist, Pfizer, University of Oxford, Playboy, Hubert Burda Media, and many other media-industry leaders constitute a cohort of happy users of Thunder - one of the best Drupal distributions for media and publishers. Thunder sets the tone for the CMSs that work with media and publishing in the context of out-of-the-box Drupal products. This is an open-source web-based solution created and supported by the Drupal developers’ community. The Drupal community includes about 110K developers, by the way. Thunder CMS is absolutely free, it runs under the GNU General Public License. The Thunder project encourages many users to participate in the further development of this advanced publishing CMS. They are gathered together in the Thunder Coalition that enables all partners to benefit from collaborative fine-tuning of the system. The Coalition members share code, create new modules, and provide charge-free licensing on an open-source basis. And this amazing platform for developers and managers in the publishing industry keeps growing. Source Our programmers share one of the main principles of the Coalition which states that publishers should not compete with each other in the field of technology. Drupal distributions for media and publishing are here to help customers focus on their content. Thunder CMS can be called a unique open-source platform since it is created for publishers by professional publishers. The open-source nature of Thunder distribution allows customers to use all available modules as well as to develop and share new ones. Every Drupal developer is welcome to make one’s contribution to Thunder’s evolution. Every customer who is looking for a cost-saving ready-to-go CMS for media and publishing is advised to turn to Drupal distributions in general and to the Thunder project in particular. Lightning: Drupal Distribution For Enterprise Authoring The second popular Drupal distribution designed for the media-&-publishing segment is Lightning. So similarly to Thunder, this authoring-centric distribution enables publishers to get rid of numerous headaches related to building Drupal-based CMSs from scratch. We place this great product second in our post even though logic dictates the opposite: lightning always appears prior to thunder during the storm. But it does not matter since those two Drupal distributions do not compete in fact. Our developers believe that both Thunder and Lightning show users the same way how to save time and money on development.  Source Lightning was created in 2016 to provide editorial teams and content creators with seamless workflows. This lightweight framework-like distribution includes the best Drupal practices in terms of security. The reliability of Lightning distribution was essential for its creators when they were conducting more than 60 automated tests to confirm that their product was much safer to use in comparison with standalone modules. Security is one of the main reasons why Lightning is the most downloadable Drupal distribution in general. However, some other properties are also worth mentioning when it comes to the functional superiority of the Lightning project: Media library that allows publishers to upload their content from computers and websites and save everything for further work Workflow flexibility that enables distributing content between editorial team members Responsive mobile-friendly layouts that work as drag-&-drop tools  Preconfigured API that provides websites with multichannel capabilities enabling content to run through third-party resources in the JSON format. The highly optimized media management, unprecedented security, and rich functionality all offer a distinctive user experience to the publishers who choose the Lightning distribution.  AnyforSoft and Drupal Distributions Since we prioritize media and publishing projects in our software development activity, both above-mentioned Drupal distributions are very familiar to our specialists. It is quite an ordinary situation when our project managers face little to no understanding of the distributions' advantages revealed by our potential customers. AnyforSoft tries propagating the best development practices all the time. We always emphasize the feasibility of following the booming trends in digital media. We are fully confident that Drupal distributions refer to the most up-to-date tools for building media and publishing projects. The success of our customers confirms that we are on the right track when proposing Thunder and Lightning to our clients as really decent development technologies. On the one hand, we are not looking for the path of least resistance since our developers all are true professionals having no blind spots in Drupal. On the other hand, we greatly appreciate the paradigm of open source and share the values of such communities as, for instance, the Thunder Coalition.  We believe that Drupal distributions are conquering the market for a reason: this is about efficiency first of all. It is hardly reasonable not to use advanced tools for software development, especially when they are freely available. Since both Thunder and Lightning allow getting workflows of CMS development harmonized very well, the opportunity of using Media distributions won’t hurt in any case. Conclusion Technical progress in the IT industry never stops. The initial release of Drupal in 2001 was revolutionary for CMS development. Drupal distributions pick up the torch nowadays. Media distributions such as Thunder and Lightning offer reliable cost-saving solutions for the media-&-publishing segment. The development workflows requiring weeks and months in the past have been compressed to hours and days.  AnyforSoft votes in favor of using the most advanced development technologies for digital media. The industry leaders, as we can see, do the same when building their platforms with Thunder and Lightning. These two great distributions are open-source. Nothing prevents you from sharing the success and experience of business sharks. Contact us now to turn your project into another success story among the ones who shape the global media-&-publishing industry.
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