Beginners and even many experienced webmasters bypass Drupal. The point is that the entry threshold for this CMS is very high. There is too much to know and understand to start working with this system. Without experience and specialized knowledge, you will most likely have to hire a professional developer, which automatically leads to an increase in project costs and launch time. But is it that bad? In fact, no, otherwise the system would not be so popular in the world. Below are all the key advantages and disadvantages of Drupal.

Key Advantages

Drupal specialists know that there is a huge number of development tools built into the CMS core (all possible types of API, filtering systems, testing, serialization and deserialization of data, etc.). Moreover, a huge number of plugins and templates for Drupal 8 ecommerce make it popular. All this makes it very flexible for customization for different types of projects. So, among other advantages of CMS are the following:

  • Suitable for working as Headless CMS;

  • High security of the core and separate updates to the main code;

  • Ready-made solutions for different types of tasks;

  • Powerful SEO features out of the box;

  • Confident work with large amounts of data and under heavy loads;

  • Built-in tools for working with images + plugins and Image API;

  • Multilingualism;

  • Access control and complex distribution of user roles;

  • Interface designer (of course, this is not a Drag-and-Drop solution, but for a system of this level it provides incredible flexibility in working with interface elements);

  • System of additional fields and fine-tuning of material types according to various criteria.


Key Disadvantages

Drupal focuses primarily on professional developers, and large, complex, and high-load projects. It is better not to use this CMS for small page business sites. The engine is picky about the environment and server configuration. For example, in the latest versions, there is a recommendation for the presence of Composer (not available on all shared hosting).

The development of plugins and templates does not keep pace with the updates of the main engine. Therefore, for the current version of the core, it is not always possible to find the necessary add-ons. After installing third-party add-ons, it is best to test their performance. Installing templates and plugins from the official directory requires access to the Composer console or manual installation to the appropriate directories on the server. There is no built-in store for themes/plugins in Drupal, only installation from the link to the archive.

For professional developers familiar with the core and features of Drupal, these disadvantages do not seem so serious. All of them are easily solved and bypassed. But for beginners, the system seems too confusing with its views, taxonomies, and access rights. But no one says that Drupal is a simple and friendly CMS system. For a certain list of tasks, it will be just perfect.