When it comes to website development, most Asheville business owners turn the job over to the professionals to create a new, innovated and creative website. Having an idea of what is needed on or with the website will help to the developer to determine the best type of website to create.
In addition, it is often helpful to have a basic understanding of the advantages of different software used or recommended by the developers. One very popular option used on small to large websites of all types is Drupal. Web development using the open source software uses PHP, a free script code that can help to lower the price of website development without skimping on features and options.
Modules and Templates
Open source software means that Drupal web development modules and templates can be free with open access for all to use. The templates and modules are developed and tested by the user community just for this purpose.
Not all of the themes, templates and modules are free but they are still highly cost-effective. Additionally, because of the open source development is possible for a web developer to customize and modify existing components rather than having to start from scratch. For the developer as well as the client this saves time in getting the website up and running with the customized features required.
One often under-appreciated aspect of Drupal web development is the scalability factor. Websites can be modified quickly and easily based on user feedback, increasing content requirements or any other factor. As with all open source software, it will also integrate with other software systems as well.
Drupal is, at its heart, a content management system. It is ideal for blogging, e-commerce and can easily be used with an API (Application Programming Interface) that allows different applications, such as social media and networking sites, to operate in the website.
Increasingly Mobile Friendliness
For a business of any size, having the ability to have a top website that looks great on a mobile device like a smartphone or a tablet is increasingly important. By using the Drupal software every user, regardless of the device, will have a quality online experience. This is essential in not only attracting local Asheville customers but also in extending your reach if you are marketing to a wider audience.
Drupal may not be the development software that first comes to mind for many people. However, this is a powerful enterprise class web development option that has amazing potential for creating original websites.