It’s a lonesome, Saturday night. You’re sitting there trying to figure out why there are over 60 plugins on your WordPress site and how to start updating the 50 of them that are aggressively reminding you to “update now.”
You’ll know it’s time to upgrade your CMS, whether it’s WordPress, Joomla!, or Alfresco, when the upkeep gets overly complicated. As your business needs grow and evolve with time, your website needs to be customized with the functionality to meet specific requirements. Some examples include e-commerce, high-security and complex content publishing.
That’s why we’ve established a reputation as being Drupal experts. Drupal is another content management system but it stands as the most powerful and customizable open source software on the market.
It’s flexible, extensible, and community-driven, and comes with extensive out-of-the-box features, including:
- A mobile-first approach. Every aspect of the website, including admin sections, is easily viewed on any device, from smartphones to tablets to desktop computers
- Built-in SEO modules to improve rankings
- Seamless content entry, delivery, and maintenance across web, mobile, social and commerce channels
- Highly scalable to accommodate content growth and traffic spikes
- Extensive security protocols
Drupal has the capability to upgrade your CMS to ensure maximum functionality and agility.
Common Concerns Before Upgrading:
Are you pulling out your hair trying to figure out how to publish new content or create a simple workflow? We’ve even had clients that had to input content on two different sites, the desktop and mobile version.
Technology has evolved from this dark place.
Drupal simplifies content entry by limiting the content types and fields to make it easier for site administrators to use. This includes complex media content types such as videos, podcasts, images and PDFs. You can also customize the interface to meet your own requirements.
How Slow Is Slow
If your website takes more than 4 seconds to load, well that’s too long. Studies have shown that this will decrease your conversion rate by 40%, since most customers will wait no more than 3 seconds before abandoning the site.
Older websites face slow loading times due to a reliance on Flash — a big no-no in today’s digital landscape. Other issues include code and content that needs to be compressed.
Other pain points include your website not being user-friendly on mobile devices compounded by features such as small fonts and unclickable phone numbers.
With Google’s algorithms severely penalizing websites that don’t have a mobile-friendly strategy, it’s important to have a CMS that employs a mobile-first approach out-of-the-box.
Performance and Scalability
Performance is about speed - how fast your application can handle a single request.
Scalability is about quantity - how many requests your application can handle at the same time, or the amount of information it can store and process.
Another common sign that you desperately need to upgrade your CMS is that the software wasn’t designed or built to handle increased site traffic. This could be a result of poor coding, or the site not even being built properly in the first place. But, when something isn’t done right there are many problems that will arise such as consistent bugs and site glitches.
Drupal has a stable technical foundation that is constantly analyzed and updated by the open source community comprised of one million developers to offer optimal performance and scalability.
This is most notable in terms of security. Security is hands down the biggest differentiator between the other CMS’ on the market and Drupal. Drupal has enterprise level security and site scale. Numerous government websites are built with Drupal, with the most famous being whitehouse.gov.
Want some advice on if it’s time to upgrade your site, or how to start the process?