If you thought getting a higher education was a backbreaker, imagine managing a higher educational institution! A website for higher education should be able to efficiently manage the various departments, users, research and most importantly, the content (is King, remember?), while providing its users with a great user experience design, security and flexibility. Drupal can do all this and more and hence is the most preferred platform for higher education websites. Did you know that Drupal powers 26% of all .EDU websites? It is also used by 71 of the top 100 universities that include Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Stanford, etc. to name a few.
Why do such honorable and trusted higher educational institutions prefer Drupal to take care of their web works? Here’s why -
Allows unity in diversity
Nothing political here. Just saying that Drupal’s Multi-site approach enables institutions to let their diverse departments, colleges, intranets, etc. have full control individually while being able to share content and data within themselves efficiently. This is one of the most loved Drupal features for higher education institutions. Drupal’s Domain Access Module can also be leveraged to allow sharing of content, users and configurations among a group of sites.
Drupal provides intranet solutions that are highly beneficial for enterprises and educational institutions as they don’t need to go to another vendor to manage their intranet websites and it costs much lesser. With its out-of-the-box capabilities like collaboration features, content management and user management, Drupal is perfect for implementing it as an intranet solution. If the requirements aren’t very unique, Drupal’s intranet can be launched very easily and quickly.
Content management? Piece of Cake
Being one of Drupal’s most outstanding features, easy management of content is extremely crucial to higher educational institutions. Most users in these institutions come from a non-technical background but can add, edit, design and publish online content with ease very efficiently. With Drupal’s powerful Access control features, every user (teacher, students, administrators, department heads, site visitors, etc.) can be given different permissions to carry out their individual tasks.
Responsive & Multi-Lingual Drupal Websites
Since the mobile era has begun, everyone including students, staff, admins and other users prefer to pick up their cell phones and access their college information rather than using a PC. Institutions can leverage Drupal 8’s “Mobile First” approach and create mobile responsive websites that can look great on any device. Higher education institutions need to cater to global needs today and hence will need to present their information as personally as possible to global users as well. Drupal 8’s Multi-lingual capability allows institutions to build multi-lingual websites quickly with ease. Drupal also has a Translation modules that can be easily integrated into older versions of Drupal too.
Websites for higher education are often under attack by hackers as it is an easy target and contains so much vital student information and content to be compromised. We’ve raved so much about Drupal’s security features but it definitely is worth it. Drupal is very well known for its security it provides and how so many financial institution’s websites and government websites are choosing Drupal. Like the Whitehouse.gov, for example. Do we need to say anymore? Because of its vast community of developers, Drupal is able to respond to and patch up a security issue really quickly and effectively.