Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Why I love Drupal

Some two years ago, I was starting as a web developer. The same job I work today.
I did not have much experience at real web programming work, only by doing some occasional jobs.

My task, among the rest, was to make a website consisting of some hundred pages. But the real problem is that it supposed to have 115 pages in ONE SINGLE language. Since it was a tourist and traveling services web, it had to have content in 6 languages (two last flags are fake). So I'm talking about almost 700 pages.



I knew I had to use some open source CMS but my short experience on Joomla was not so good. I remember I had been trying to change it's default templates or to turn some custom HTML page into it's template without much success.

Then I stumbled upon Drupal CMS. Despite that my "headache" went worse those days, I started to read it's documentation. After some 5-6 evenings at home, learning for an hour or two a day (after my exhausting daily job) I decided to go for it.


The next step was to find a way to turn regular HTML theme into Drupal theme. I found video podcast on http://mustardseedmedia.com/podcast/episode24 which made it pretty easy to do.
Also a Drupal documentation at http://drupal.org/node/313510 explains it nicely.

This themes making step was the key point.

I did the web site. You can see it at http://accommodation-split.net

Later, to make use of blocks, menus, modules, use JavaScript and PHP code in pages was an easy thing.

And, it saved my job.

2 comments:

  1. coder4living19 May 2011 18:33

    "my short experience on Joomla was not so good. I remember I had been trying to change it's default templates or to turn some custom HTML page into it's template without much success. "

    That was because I did not have enough time or will to work hard enough back then. I don't consider Joomla as bad CMS at all.

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  2. lamp beginner4 June 2011 00:52

    "And, it saved my job."

    Well, this line is the best recommendation :)

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