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CMS – 3 Aces (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal)

WordPress CMS website design and development

wordpress has evolved as a revolution in the CMS zone. It not only provides a blogging service, but it has also come up a long way as a Content Management System for websites.

WordPress is proven to be powerful when it comes to creating a search-engine friendly website. With it’s rich functionality and attractive designs, it offers many user-friendly features. Earlier, wordpress had a few bugs to overcome, which they did by releasing updated versions regularly. WordPress beats the other two CMS explained below, with it’s high-level security and speed.

Joomla CMS website design and development

Joomla is at it’s best.

As far as we’ve known Joomla, It’s an outstanding platform to create CMS websites. Though there’s some complication associated with it’s user-friendliness, It’s  being widely used by the professional website designing companies.

Joomla’s functionality and features are richer than WordPress and Drupal.  It provides a lot of extensions along with extremely useful search-engine friendly options. Joomla is popular for it’s versatility and the "content management system" community behind it.  Truly a master-piece for website developers.

Drupal  CMS website design and development

Drupal CMS is becoming almost as popular as Joomla. It has some impressive modules similar to Joomla and comes with a variety of characteristics that are truly developer-friendly.  Drupal leaves behind the other two explained before when compared to it’s add-ons. Drupal has many free themes and a fine feature to change the appearance and styling of the themes.

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Drupal: The Perfect CMS Solution

If you are looking for a versatile CMS software which can be used for any purpose such as a corporate website, a personal website, aficionado sites, social networking site, a gallery, a portal or a simple web property for any specific internal purpose; keeping the functionality simple to handle and maintain then, Drupal is the software which is just meant for you.

Using Drupal is easy. Being an open source CMS, i.e. its source code can be rendered easily without any fee is in wide demand. Of course, if you want some customization, which everyone needs, then you will be required to hire a company providing Drupal services. You can purchase various themes, modules, extensions and other specific components that are required to provide you a complete website; full of features and desired functionalities.

Like every other software, Drupal is also written in certain specific coding language and that is, PHP. It is friendly to almost all operating systems such as Windows, MAC, Linux and others. Its database system is MySQL. MySQl is used for storage purpose in Drupal.

Similar to the other CMS software, even Drupal has its own naming conventions. For example, a ‘node’ is referred to ‘page’ or ‘story’ which is predefined content types in Drupal. This is not all the flexibility of this software allows you to define your own naming conventions. Due to its flexibility and friendliness in developing a web property of your own choice is not at all impossible. The only thing required is your technical knowledge about the software.

Since, the use of Drupal can ask for heavy resources that is why, it is advisable to use dedicated server, in case, your website is expected to be flooded by traffic. But if your website is not that big and hosts moderate amount traffic then, you can use shared hosting as well.

Operating the admin panel is not that difficult and you can easily manage the content of your website. Uploading videos, audios, publishing posts, text, contents are the few of the activities which can be handled easily and does not require any technical knowledge. The only difficulty appears while installing the software and integrating it with your web site. But you can hire any Drupal service provider or a company and resolve this problem.

There can be complexity for non technical person during its installation, but it can be avoided by taking help from videos or tutorials. Or the best way is, if you are planning to prepare a professional website, hire a company which provides Drupal services.

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Drupal 7.0 Alpha 6 released

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Drupal 7 alpha version was released a little over a month ago. Drupal announce the release of the sixth (and hopefully final) alpha version of Drupal 7.x for your further testing and feedback. The first alpha announcement provided a comprehensive list of improvements made since Drupal 6.x, so in this announcement we’ll concentrate on how you can help ensure that Drupal 7 is released as soon as possible and is as rock solid as the previous Drupal releases that you’ve grown to love!

This release includes many critical bug fixes, a nearly working upgrade path, and a new default core theme: Bartik!

Please see the release notes for more details.

When will alpha become beta?

We have identified several "beta blocking" issues, and itemized these at the Drupal core community initiatives page. On or about August 1, 2010 (or when the upgrade path is working, whichever comes first) we will create a new official Drupal 7 release. If this list is fixed, it will be a beta release. Otherwise, it will be another alpha release. It’s expected we will have a few beta versions and at least one release candidate before Drupal 7.0 is finalized. We can potentially reach beta within the next month by focusing on this short-list of issues! Please help!

Updating from previous versions

While we do not support 7.x => 7.x upgrades yet (that happens in beta 1), the upgrade path from 6.x => 7.x is actually working reasonably well right now. We need people to test this like crazy! But please note that there are still known security issues in Drupal 7, so alphas should be installed for testing only.

Always make backups of your data and never do testing on your live site to make sure you keep all of your information intact even if something goes wrong.

So when does 7.0 get released?

The release version of Drupal 7.0 will be ready after (a) there are no more critical bugs and (b) we’ve had at least one release candidate (RC) without adding any more issues to the list.

When will that be? Well, it depends entirely on how many people chip in and help out! The more people help, the faster we can find and fix bugs, and the faster 7.0 gets released. The faster 7.0 gets released, the faster we can start adding new features to Drupal 8.0. So help out where you can, and let’s make this the best and most solid release of Drupal yet! 🙂

How do I help test the alpha?

Start by either installing a new Drupal site or upgrading an existing one running on a previous version (see INSTALL.txt or UPGRADE.txt in the package). When setting up a new site, you can use the Development module to generate some test data (content, users, etc) to help you start testing quickly. As with everything still in development, we do not recommend running pre-releases on a live site. Also, always make sure to backup of your data before performing an upgrade or start testing.

New Drupal Users

Are you completely (or relatively) new to Drupal? Or do you know just enough to be dangerous? Are you used to working with other content management systems and willing to lend your perspective in improving the way Drupal works? If so, you’re a perfect candidate to help with usability testing and improving documentation! As you’re going through Drupal 7, take notes on things you find difficult or confusing, and translate those notes into an issue which will show up in the issue tracker. Make sure to be as clear as possible about what the problem was and provide suggestions on how to improve it — this makes it easier for developers to help!

You can also help by testing the D7 Install Guide and noting any mistakes on the issue for this.


Do people often congratulate you on your ability to break things? Are you a creative individual who likes to experiment in unconventional ways to see what happens? Do you enjoy looking over other peoples’ work and picking nits in order to make it as good as it possibly can be? If any of these apply to you, you could make a great tester! We need testers both to try out different aspects of Drupal itself, as well as take a look at the issue queue, checking bugs to see if they’re valid and testing patches to verify they work properly. Read more about setting up a testing environment and applying patches.

Module and theme developers

There is no better way to shake out any lingering bugs with the API and to ensure that your modules and themes will work with the new version of Drupal than to update your modules and update your themes! Make sure to file any bugs that you find! And try coding some upgrade routines to help make the process smoother for the next person!

Drupal Ninjas and Ninjas-in-training

If you’re adept at Drupal hacking, or are eager to learn, a great place to start is with the bug tracker or the patch queue. Even if you don’t have a full solution for a problem, often even a step in the right direction can be enough for another developer to take it home! Read up onhow to create patches.

Drupal interface translators

The interface strings of Drupal 7.0 are mostly frozen. The days of major changes to the UI strings are over, but we still are changing texts to fix bugs or to lend clarity in the interface. Around release candidate 1, a formal "string freeze" will be declared at which point it should be safe to start translating.

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Drupal 6.17 released

Drupal 6.17, a maintenance release fixing issues reported through the bug tracking system, is now available for download. There are no security fixes in this release. Upgrading your existing Drupal 6 sites is recommended. For more information about the Drupal 6.x release series, consult the Drupal 6.0 release announcement.

Highlights of changes in this release include improvements of session cookie handling, better processing of big XML-RPC payloads, improved PostgreSQL compatibility, better PHP 5.3 and PHP 4 compatibility, improved Japanese support in search module, better browser compatibility of CSS and JS aggregation and improved logging for login failures. An incompatibility of Drupal 6.16’s new lock subsystem with some contributed modules was also resolved. In total there were about 55 patches committed to improve Drupal 6.

The full list of changes between the 6.16 and 6.17 releases can be found by reading the 6.17 release notes. A complete list of all bug fixes in the stable DRUPAL-6 branch can be found at

Given enough bug fixes (not just bug reports) more maintenance releases will be made available.

Incompatible changes

Drupal 6.17 introduces the following incompatible changes.

Session handling

Drupal 6.17 changes the way session cookies are handled. Most people don’t need to have this setting set, but if you have an explicit$cookie_domain set in settings.php, verify that it is set to a sensible value:

  • '' if you want sessions to apply to the domain, and none of its sub-domains (especially not,
  • '' if you want sessions to apply to the domain, and none of its sub-domains nor parent domains (especially not,
  • '' if you want sessions to apply to the domain and all its subdomains (, etc.).

Download Drupal 6.17

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