There’s a lot of content management systems (CMS) out there, but one seems to be taking government by storm. Drupal, an open source platform has gained favor by myriad federal websites, including the sites of the Whitehouse, House of Representatives, Department of Energy, and the Department of Homeland Security. It has also recently replaced Vignette for websites run by the the Georgia Technology Authority (GTA).
So what is making Drupal the choice CMS of government?
For starters, since it’s an open-source platform, agencies can easily share code with one another to improve their websites. The fact that it is open source has saved the Department of Energy $10 million yearly. It has also reportedly made great strides in security, a major consideration for government.
There are obstacles, however. About the obstacles government faces when using an open source solution, Jeff Walpole, CEO of Phase2 Technology had this to say:
“There is a sort of entrenched software industry model, with technology stacks, licensing and entrenched vendors, in part due to long procurement cycles in government. Agencies tend to favor vendors over solutions. But Drupal is as much a framework as it is a product. It is highly customizable and doesn’t necessarily fit within a known purchasing system.”
Do you have experience with Drupal? Pro’s/Con’s?