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Wanneer moet je voor Drupal kiezen als je een beperkt budget hebt?

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If you find Wordpress, Wix or Squarespace too limiting

First off: Many sites can be easily (and better) built with simpler tools such as Wordpress or website building apps like Wix or Squarespace. Using Drupal for a basic five page corporate website is overkill. Setting up Drupal correctly requires time. The tools mentioned above are better suited straight out of the box.

That being said, these tools are also one size fits all. If you want to do just that little bit extra you’re bound to hit a wall. I’m talking about things like:

  • Creating a space for user to login and view private content
  • Community functionality where users can share content
  • Easily creating content types and extend them with custom fields

Drupal is modular from the start. This means there are less limits when building a website, but there is also a steeper learning curve. And you need to know what modules are available and how to use them. Which brings me to my next point.

If you use what Drupal gives you

If you start your project with a very detailed document which specifies every functionality, and demand it will be exactly as you describe, you will be paying through the nose to get it done. Chipping in your budget, which can be better spent elsewhere.

If you want to experience the real power of Drupal you will need to use what it gives you. Don’t try to mould it to your specific needs but rather let it guide you. Have a global idea of what your site has to do and see how you can use core functionality and existing modules to get close to your ideal website. 

It probably won’t be 100% like you want it, but what I've learned developing Drupal sites for 10+ years, is that you can come pretty close, like 95%. Close enough to test it out with real users. If you still require that remaining 5% you can always ask a developer to write some custom code, but this should be a last resort

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About Drupal Sun

Drupal Sun is an Evolving Web project. It allows you to:

  • Do full-text search on all the articles in Drupal Planet (thanks to Apache Solr)
  • Facet based on tags, author, or feed
  • Flip through articles quickly (with j/k or arrow keys) to find what you're interested in
  • View the entire article text inline, or in the context of the site where it was created

See the blog post at Evolving Web

Evolving Web