When you're shopping around for a new website, one of the biggest considerations on your list should be which CMS (Content Management System) your agency will use to build your site.

There are lots that you might come across but some of the biggest names are WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Umbraco and maybe Sharepoint, DotNetNuke or ModX. At Oyster we develop solely in Drupal. When we started out we built sites using WordPress, but moved to and invested in Drupal skills in house to build the quality of website our customers needed. Here's why we chose Drupal:

Free and no-nonsense

Drupal is 'Open Source' meaning that it is free to use (as the website owner) and develop (to change the code and use bolt-on modules for additional functionality). Some CMS might require a subscription or license fee which might be payable ongoing per site or per user. It also means that we're not tying you into working with us just because we built your site and no-one else could decipher our code; we want you to keep working with us because you want to!

Security

As I mentioned before, we originally used WordPress and having endeavoured with it for several years, we became increasingly concerned about security and the risk of hacking. Partly a victim to its own success, WordPress is a favourite target for hackers. WordPress offers a very user friendly back end and allows non-technical users to install new functionality (plugins) with little or no knowledge of web development. The hazard of this combined with the massive and non-policed market of 3rd party plugins, is that you may end up installing a plugin with lots of vulnerabilities for hackers to pray on. 

Suitable for small through to enterprise sites

We were keen to be using just one CMS for all our websites, meaning we could maintain our 'no outsource' development policy and build entirely in house. WordPress was great for small sites with few modifications or additional functionality, but when it came to larger sites it began to creek and loose its user friendly attributes. Drupal is scalable and flexible, and our team are able to built pretty much anything using the framework. At Oyster we also like to push the boundaries in terms of design and functionality, and Drupal allows us to do that within an open source CMS.

Trusted and tested

Drupal is used as a CMS for many large enterprise sites including Twitter, The White House, Lush and many more. It aces on security and totally delivers on flexibility, making it ideal for websites of all shapes, sizes and requirements. Drupal's use is growing massively each year... in the last 2 years it has seen a 21% increase according to W3Techs.

It has been trouble free for us - touch wood!

When we used WordPress we had constant issues with plugins breaking (and then we'd have to try and track down an illusive developer) and hackers taking the site down or posting undesirable links and images into our sites. Since we've been using Drupal, we've had one security update that was well handled by the community and we've had very few malicious attacks on our sites at all, and none have managed to affect the running of the site in anyway.

So we're right behind Drupal as an effective development tool that is secure, easy to use and incredibly flexible. If you're thinking of getting a new site, make sure you pick the right CMS for you.

Oyster would love to talk to you about your project, give us a call on 01243 389713 or email us on hello@oysterdesign.co.uk