Over the past few years the popularity, and number of websites using Drupal has steadily increased. Drupal is the popular content management system for sites with higher traffic requirements. The kind of websites using Drupal as their content management system covers a fairly broad range including government, higher education, media, and publishing sites.

Drupal is increasingly being adopted around the world by many top-tier organizations, and it’s very well established, if not dominating, the higher education space as a leading web technology.

With the release of Drupal 8 the attractiveness of Drupal has only intensified.

  • Drupal 8 really steps up the game with it’s mobile-first approach. It is responsive by nature and ready for any device.
  • The multilingual capabilities of Drupal 8 can be considered unprecedented. It speaks any language (well almost - Klingon will be supported soon). The language handling is built-in for interface translation, content translation and configuration.
  • The authoring experience has been exponentially improved and allows for almost endless new ways to customize and publish content. CKEditor has been vastly updated and ships with the core.

Higher education websites come with unique needs and requirements that many other websites don’t have, like relationships between departments, programs, courses and people, and complex content workflows and governance. Drupal is hugely efficient in time and cost and it provides a scalable and flexible platform capable of handling the large demands of a higher education website. Drupal is a great web technology for schools and universities.

On June 1 ImageX launched OpenEDU, a modular Drupal website framework built specifically for higher education. The platform leverages the Acquia Lightning distribution, combined with higher education specific features, theme and site structure. It is now available for free download.

Learn more about how you can get involved in this exciting distribution http://imagexmedia.com/openedu.