Why is Drupal is a Good Choice for a Community Website?
5 May 2010 - 1:19am
3 years ago
First off, I WANT to like Drupal and I WANT to not cringe every time I'm brought onto a project where the development team is using Drupal and we're not allowed to make a user-friendly site "in scope."
It didn't help that when I logged into the new IxDA site, I saw that it was using Drupal- all to apparent by the horrifically confusing and non-intuitive user profile forms, "tabs", misplaced filters and rude system messages. I certainly don't blame IxDA. What I can't understand and I'd LOVE your input on, is why an organization focused on interaction design would pick a technology that is apparently NOT focused on actual people being able to use or interact with it?
Now, I understand that I may simply have been pulled into projects that are being poorly managed, or working with a team of developers focused purely on cranking out functionality with no care to the end client or general audience. But my gut is that there really are limitations to this system- that's it's meant to be a content management system (where your users logging in are administering the site) and not an interactive website platform.
That said, can you help me learn to understand its parameters? Have you been able to make a Drupal site usable? Are you able to work in an agile fashion or at least accommodate follow-up releases after a launch? Muchas gracias to any tips and magical insights.