10 Reasons to use Drupal for Custom Web Applications

When it comes to building complex or highly customised web applications, there’s no doubt that Drupal takes the cake over any other CMS, here’s 10 reasons why.

1. Modulated Approach

Drupal takes a very modulated approach to development which has major advantages over traditional plugins from systems such as WordPress. By using a modular approach, modules can be developed in such a way that functionality in a single module can be used by as many modules as a developer requires.

By taking this approach the modules code becomes re-useable and the code is consider “loosly coupled” allowing programmer to develop to best practice and save hours of coding.

2. Heavy lifting straight out of the box

A standard install of Drupal contains much of the functionality that most custom web application require such as user management, login, registration, permission, caching, reporting and more.

3. The Community

The Drupal community is massive. If you ever have any questions in regards to anything Drupal related you can simply post on the forum and you’ll generally get a fast response.

Another massive advantage of the large community is that there are thousands of developers around the globe that have knowledge Drupal so you’re not tied to a single Digital Agency.

4. It’s Free

Being an Open Source platform, Drupal is 100% free. There are also thousands of free modules available that take care of many tasks for you. Thanks to the modular approach you can then create custom modules that hook into other modules to provide your own custom functionality.

5. Customisable

Almost every aspect of Drupal is customisable. You could change the admin menu structure, content creation forms, field formats, add new fields, the list goes on and on.

In our experience Drupal would have to be the most customisable CMS available. For this reason you can use it for almost any web application you desire.

6. Perfect for Mobile Backends

When it comes to mobile backends, Drupal is perfect, especially Drupal 8 which offers RESTful web services as part of the core. Due to the customisable nature of Drupal, it can be configured to cater for pretty much any type of mobile app backend.

7. Security

Drupal is an extremely secure CMS. Many modules are covered by the “security advisory policy” and follow best practice. As long as you use Drupal correctly, your custom web applications will be secure and robust. Like any system security updates are of course inevitable, as they are released your Drupal install will automatically email you and you can apply the updates easily.

8. Framework

Not only is Drupal a CMS, it’s a programming framework which contains many handy functions Drupal Programmers can use to rapidly increase development time. Drupal 8 is built on the Symfony Framework which is a high performance PHP framework and a favourite among many developers.

9. Composer Dependency Management

Drupal 8 uses Composer to manage dependencies so as a programmer you can add any packagist library to your project which would be auto loaded when required. You could think of packagist as an app store for PHP applications. This opens up a whole world of code libraries and applications that you can easily implement into your application.

10. PSR-4 namespaces and Auto Loading

Drupal 8 uses PSR-4 namespaces making module development faster, less code and even more robust.

By following PSR-4 standards when creating your modules, the end result is nice clean code that can be used over and over again.