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The Bridge Digital’s team of web professionals specialise in building beautiful, robust, scalable and highly functional websites using the Drupal Content Management system.
We have implemented Drupal sites in multiple business sectors including government, finance, retail and automotive, either full-stack (design and development), or working in conjunction with designers and branding agencies.
We provide ongoing support and maintenance for Drupal sites, including patching, upgrades, security and hosting support.
Contact The Bridge Digital today to discuss your needs. We’re here to help you.
On the web, “content is king” and few CMSes can boast as robust a content creation and administration process as Drupal.Drupal excels at high volumes of pages, posts, media files and custom content types, with a powerful filtering system (Views), content workflow support, and the out-of-the-box ability to publish content to multiple platforms at once.
Drupal is an enterprise-ready content management system that is, thanks to its open source nature, completely free for use. Using Drupal for your website project will save money on expensive proprietary systems, leaving more room in your budget for more important things like Design and Coding. Don’t compromise your look, feel and functionality by wasting your precious budget on licensing fees!
Drupal is capable of maintaining a website through humble beginnings as a landing page or blog, through to the largest and most complex of corporate websites. Governments, small to medium businesses, publishers, digital agencies, corporations, schools and universities can all make use of Drupal as a reliable and scalable platform for their website’s growth. By selecting Drupal, you can have the peace of mind that you won’t be forced into migrating to another platform as soon as your requirements grow.
Drupal’s developer-driven architecture simplifies integrating your website with your other software. Whether by third party modules, RESTful API usage or Drupal’s powerful import features, your Drupal website can easily talk to key systems like your CRM, intranets, mobile apps, sales portals and a lot more.
As noted, Drupal is a powerhouse at content management. Not only can it manage a mind-boggling amount of content, it delivers that content quickly and efficiently to your users through powerful caching systems and load-balancing options. Additionally, the dedicated Drupal security team and large developer base ensures constant updates and patches to address any critical security errors or function problems with the Drupal code base. With a global community over 40,000 developers working on Drupal and related modules, Drupal is extremely well supported, documented and constantly improving itself.
There are a number of free and premium themes and templates available for use on your website. These can be a great way to kickstart a website with minimal design investment or as a starting point for a more custom design. However, if you choose to take this route with your website, keep in mind that many of these themes can come with bloated features that you may not use, may force the use of other plugins and modules, and may be difficult to customise exactly to your liking!
Dedicated hosting is recommended for high traffic websites or those high processing requirements due to more complex back-end systems. Dedicated hosting means that your site will run on it’s own server (or servers!) and not impact or be impacted by the traffic or resource usage of other websites. Dedicated hosting may also allow access to server software or features not available to shared plans. Security and privacy requirements in your industry may also require the choice of dedicated hosting.
Shared Hosting is the most common form of web hosting available. It is lower cost but also lower performance and lower featured than dedicated hosting but suits the needs of most small websites. Web hosting companies like GoDaddy or Crucial will provide a portion of disk space and hosting resources to a customer’s website, based on a monthly fee. What this means is that your website’s hosting will be shared with many other websites on the same server. This is a very economical way to operate your website but potentially does not suit larger business sites or those with high availability requirements. In a shared hosting setup, the performance of your website can be heavily impacted by how many other websites share the same infrastructure.
At The Bridge Digital, the majority of our website projects are built in either Drupal or WordPress. These are two of the most used and powerful content management systems in the world – both free from licensing, robust and feature-rich and capable of running a wide range of sites. You can’t go wrong with either choice.
When starting your project we will introduce you to both systems and perform an analysis of which would best fit your technical needs, as well as the experience levels of the staff involved in managing your website going forward. Both systems have not a large range of benefits, and we believe in always choosing the right tool for the job objectively.
Of course, there’s always other options outside of a traditional CMS. There’s the ‘decoupled’ CMS approach, static site generators or a more bespoke application approach to your site. Generally though, most of our clients will be using either Drupal or WordPress – we are equally skilled and enthusiastic developers in both!
While we would love to be able to conjure up a nice low number and promise the world in features, the truth is that there is no simple answer to this question. A number of factors come into play when determining a new websites final cost: CMS selection, feature set, design requirements, number of pages, integrations, security, accessibility and hosting.
At the Bridge Digital, we take the time to review all aspects of your website requirements and tailor a realistic estimate for your project based on either a fixed cost when requirements and deliverables are very clearly defined, or on an ‘agile’ basis when scope changes and feature requests are expected to be more fluid.
An important consideration when costing a website is also ongoing maintenance and support for the finished product. Websites are becoming more and more complicated, with CMS systems requiring patching, maintenance and support; ever-present hacking and cybervandalism threats and the day-to-day management of hosting, backups and server software!
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Drupal at the Bridge. After an epically long development time, Drupal 8.0 was finally released in November 2015, representing a big shift in how the content management system works under the hood and the way developers must work with it. A little over a year on, we’ve…Read more
At The Bridge Digital, our choice of CMS’s depends as always on the task in hand. One such task relates to the ability to use CMS to create a platform for multiple sites similar in style, such as a network of dealerships, franchises or affiliates that require a shared branding and UX experience and potential…Read more
“Decoupled” or “Headless” CMS usage is gaining a lot of traction in the web development world as a way to free front-end developers from the constraints of working with the built-in display layer (themes, templates etc) of off-the-shelf content management systems. A typical website built in WordPress or Drupal, uses that CMS as both for…Read more
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