Do you ever wonder if your website should be optimized for someone using their phone or touch-tablet, or if you should build a separate website for mobile users?
This website has just been re-done.
Well, you can't tell because I haven't given it a new design -- I only changed the back end. I finally got my site switched over to the Drupal content management system (CMS). Oh what a relief!
So what's the big deal about? Well, my old site was done with a CMS called Joomla!. A few years ago, I started building sites with Joomla! because it was easier to learn the templating/design system. I did a few sites with Joomla! but came to the realization over time that I just did not like the CMS. Well, the truth is - I really, really hated it. Too many tables in the core and modules, way too complicated to add new content, etc. There were so many strange ways to do things. In the end, I rarely bothered updating my site with new articles and such. Of course, that's a very, very bad thing.
However, over the years, I have used a couple of other CMS's -- Drupal and WordPress. Now, I really like WordPress for blogging sites, mostly because it's just so great to set up a site and then hand it over to the client so they can work on their blog. WordPress is used by so many people all over, and it's been fine tuned so much that it's easy to use for non-techy people. If the client is comfortable using the system, then we're all happy.
I've also worked with developer teams on Drupal sites for many years, and it's a really awesome system. It keeps getting better with each new version, too. So a while ago, I set about learning how to set up sites myself from scratch, in Drupal.
So there you go... I'm a fan of Drupal and here are a few reasons why:
Credits: A big thank you to the guys behind the Joomal-to-Drupal Converter. It saved me a lot of time on my new site, and worked wonderfully. I had to rebuild permissions afterward, but that was a minor glitch.