How Good Is Drupal As A CMS?

How Good Is Drupal As A CMS?

Image Source: Wikimedia.org Drupal is a big player in the content management system (CMS) market and it only lags behind WordPress and Joomla in terms of popularity. Some of the most famous websites in the world such as the White House website run on Drupal, and Drupal is widely considered to be the most powerful CMS software in the world. Drupal is incredibly comprehensive as it has a very specific programming environment. It is also an open source CMS. In fairness, Drupal is not really a CMS in the conventional sense. It is essentially a framework that can be used to develop a CMS, and anything that the user seeks to create. The available tools are incredible when it comes to managing and structuring content. Drupal has advanced functionality With Drupal, you can build a far superior site than you could ever hope to build on WordPress or Joomla. Drupal pages typically load more quickly and it is less resource intensive than its main competitors. Out of the box, it is easily the most powerful CMS, and it comes with features such as graphics modification, advanced menu management, and polls management. Drupal is ideal for any type of content such as videos, podcasts, statistics, or plain text. You need to know HTML/CSS to work Drupal In order to make effective use of Drupal, you will need to have at least basic knowledge of PHP, CSS, HTML, and other common languages. Expertise is a boon but not a necessity as you need to be able to identify problems with the code and troubleshoot any errors that may occur. If you...
How To Select The Right Web Hosting Company

How To Select The Right Web Hosting Company

One of the most important aspects of website creation lies in the selection of the web host. The right web hosting company should be able to ensure that your site remains accessible and secure at all instances in time. Most web hosts offer unlimited disk space, email, and bandwidth nowadays so this is not as big a concern as it used to be. Some of the factors you need to consider include phone support, Malware protection, Google tools, scalability options, price, special software, and the amount of web volume. Price is not the most important issue Do not opt for a hosting service simply because of its service as the wrong host could cost you far more in the long-term in terms of security and traffic issues. This is especially true for a new business when it attractive to pick out the cheapest option. Factors such as server speed are far more important than price. Pick your web host based on the power you think you need for your website. Server reliability Nothing is more important than having a responsive website that runs 24/7 with as little downtime as possible. The web host needs to possess a powerful network of server connections. This is why you need to select a host with an excellent uptime score. We recommend that prospective website owners pick a host with an uptime score of above 99% for maximum reliability. You can also track your prospective host with server monitor tools. Understand the type of hosting you need Website owners need to choose a hosting option based on the amount of traffic they expect...
Top 5 benefits of cloud hosting

Top 5 benefits of cloud hosting

Cloud hosting basically involves hosting your traffic on virtual servers which run on an interconnected cloud computing environment. Cloud servers have rapidly grown in popularity in recent times due to their innumerable benefits. No pesky physical servers! You do not need to rely on a physical, dedicated machine to handle your traffic as cloud hosting offers a far higher degree of security. Cloud hosting is shared by multiple interconnected serves that allows you to easily integrate extra servers without spending more on dedicated hosting services. There is not single point of failure with cloud. Massive scalability Cloud hosting offers a near unprecedented level of scalability, and you are guaranteed more server resources as and when you need them as long you purchase such plans. It is much easier to add disk space, memory, and computing power to a cloud environment. This is true for private clouds as well and ensure that your site will not crash if there is a sudden, unpredictable surge of activity on your site. Cost benefits In cloud, you are paying for exactly how much space you are using, and as you scale up, this amount will increase based on your storage requirements. Hence, you are basically not paying for any wasted space that you may not be using as is the case with physical servers, where you a fixed amount for a standard amount of space. Cloud environments are far more economically efficient and there is no redundant data storage. Stability In cloud, everything is interconnected, but a software problem in another environment cannot affect your environment and vice versa. If another uses overload...
DNS and You

DNS and You

We all know and use domain names to find the websites we want to go to.  They are the text versions (www.inodecloud.com) of the Internet Protocol addresses (IP) that locate the content we want to find.  The concept is pretty simple – domain name systems (DNS) are registries that link textual domain names to numerical IP addresses like a phone book – but DNS can be applied in ways that make websites accessible in ways that take technical and regional differences into account. Before we move on to application of DNS you should know a few things about how they work.  There are several factors like aliases (CNAME), reverse DNS lookups and zone based registration that make DNS protocols powerful tools for consumers and providers. DNS Zone Authority Zone authority is the system that Domains use to delegate space to subdomains that are found at the same location (IP address).  Your IP address is tailored to your domain name and changes as new pages are added to your website.  For example, individual IP addresses begin at 0.0.0 (root host which can be your computer or your ISP’s root server) and grow as new locations are added to server space.  A zone is a portion of your IP address that is reserved for subdomains that require autonomy. CNAME Aliases are used in conjunction with search engine optimization.  They are additional domain names that link to the same address.  Aliases can serve several purposes like accounting for misspelled domain names and increasing your search engine ranking.  Platforms like Interworks come with tools for adding aliases to your domain.  Otherwise you could...
Extending to the Cloud

Extending to the Cloud

In spite of what you might think web hosting is not limited to journalism, commerce, and Netflix.  Cloud computing is becoming the norm for efficient and secure computing services as well as for storage and communication.  Hosting services like Inode Cloud will set you up with server space and a useful program called Interworks that can help you prepare your server space for your needs but there are options other than WordPress and Webmail to help manage your content. Cloud Container Platforms: Google Container Engine is a service built on top of another Google service called Kubernetes which is an open source application designed to help coordinate multiple applications/services working together as one machine.  Container Engine provides the same service as Kubernetes with the addition of developer tools and access to Google’s regional resources.  There is a wealth of other services that enhance coordination and security which make container engine a great platform for independent developers looking for mobile computing options. Container platforms provide a foundation as well as operational stability for anyone who doesn’t want to start from scratch but it is not infrastructure by itself so much as a map.  You need to have your computing needs in mind and chose a platform accordingly.  For example, Container Engine is designed to coordinate large systems made up of standalone programs but if you are interested in accessing a single application then there is an easier and less expensive option available. Virtual Machines and Hybrid Clouds: Hosting services can be used to create hybrid clouds which combine your onsite computing power with software or databases that run from a...
Private and Shared Hosting

Private and Shared Hosting

In my last post I talked about Google’s free SEO tools that included a report on successful SEO methods over the past year.  A recurring argument in that report was that branding is playing a continuingly enhanced role in search rankings as opposed to the more technical aspects of site building.  With so many options available for IaaS and SaaS the major factor in online branding has become security.  Should your online business take extra steps to ensure privacy and if so is your website duly trusted by search engines as well as clients? One way to be able to boast security is through customized or private hosting.  Privately hosted servers are dedicated to your business alone and are as secure as your front end.  If your business collects private information from customers then it is your responsibility to safeguard that information through enhanced security.  Shared servers suffer the vulnerabilities of their weakest sites and after the numerous recent hacks of both governmental and private services like the recent break into dating website Ashley Madison not to mention the breach of the U.S. IRS database many online users have become more concerned about the safety of information kept in large stores. If your website is not dedicated to collecting the world’s secrets then the problems that face shared hosting should not concern you too greatly.  There are enough steps that you can take on your own to reduce risk. Using secure and trusted themes or hiring a trustworthy and capable web designer can prevent front end attacks like SQL injections Limit access to your website by third parties (e.g....
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