Choosing an open-source CMS, part 1: Why we use Drupal

Two companies decide that Drupal, a powerful but complex content management system, works best for them.

By , Computerworld |  IT Management, content management, Drupal

Both Luchsinger and Mosher agree that Drupal was the right fit for IDT and they'd choose Drupal again were they to do it all over again. But both advise others to avoid jumping to any conclusions based on that experience. Drupal, WordPress and Joomla are all enterprise-class CMSs, Luchsinger says. While some projects will have specific requirements that result in a clear-cut decision, in many cases any of the three will probably do just fine.

All things being equal, says Mosher, the decision could come down to whether existing staff already have a proficiency in, say, WordPress over Drupal. Adds Luchsinger, "My advice is don't stress over the decision too much and don't feel like you need to spend a lot of money to make it work."

But that doesn't mean users don't need training. "While the back-end interface is straightforward, we sometimes have to provide additional training to our non-technical admins who manage the site," Luchsinger says. With a little training, however, all of them have been able to use the system.

Fearnet: Eliminating one-off coding jobs

Imagine the horror: Every time Fearnet wanted to launch a new mini website to promote a new show on its cable channel, fans would have to wait up to three months for the new show page to appear. Everything had to be custom-built on a proprietary content management system provided by Comcast, one of Fearnet's parent companies.

Now Fearnet's two-person staff doesn't have to keep fans in suspense: With the new site, built in Drupal, they can knock out new "mini-sites" -- sections within the main site structure -- in 15 to 20 minutes.

Fearnet, a venture jointly owned by Sony, Comcast and Lions Gate, offers an on-demand and traditional cable channel as well as a website.

Fearnet, a venture jointly owned by Sony, Comcast and Lions Gate, offers an on-demand and traditional cable channel as well as a website. "For us, it's all about doing fun, fan-based promotions because the horror genre has a strong, passionate fan base," says Lawrence Raffel, vice president of digital content for Fearnet. "It's a dream come true to be able to do things so quickly with this site."

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