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The key to success with any web project – from app design to a new site build to adding interactive functionality – starts with intention. To create a more purposeful web, it’s important to challenge clients who know what they want but not what they need.

With any project – big or small, rescue or new – we start our process with a Discovery.

The Discovery process is simple – it’s an open, straightforward conversation that uncovers two important pieces of information:

No one wants to be the person who invested hundreds of thousands of their company’s dollars into a new website, app or digital asset, and then have it fail to do what it was built to do.

Even fewer people want to be the ones to then tell their management team that the project needs even more investment – sometimes as much as the initial expenditure – to fix the problems; or worse, start over.

In the web industry, we call this a rescue. They are every bit as horrible as they sound, but there’s good news. They can be prevented.

What’s the difference between Drupal and WordPress? Why would a business choose one over the other? Once you’ve seen one Content Management System (CMS), you’ve seen them all, right? These are some of the most common questions we hear from prospects and clients. Unfortunately, there is not a winner-takes-all answer here. Sometimes Drupal is a better fit for the project and sometimes WordPress is a better fit.

At Thinkbean, we want to issue a challenge.

We want our clients and prospective clients, developers, partners, and even the competition, to create intention when developing new web properties, apps or digital tools. Yes, there are wonderful digital experiences to be had; we just happen to think all digital experiences should be wonderful.

This is the first in a series of articles covering what you need to know about Drupal if you are in any way responsible for managing, maintaining, or contributing content to a Drupal website.

Scenario

You have landed your dream job and one of your responsibilities is to manage the company website, which is built on Drupal.

OR

Your company has launched a shiny new website built on Drupal.

OR

You have been muddling along with your current Drupal website the best way you know how.

When we talk to clients about building their new Drupal website, we take a moment to discuss our mobile-first approach. Initially, there can be a look of concern as they think “our analytics states the majority of our users are not using mobile devices”. Well, let me start off by addressing this concern. Even if every single one of your users never accesses your website via a mobile device (a virtually non-existent possibility on today's web), a mobile-first approach is still the proper approach.

Creating a new website can be a lot of work with many variables to consider. There are some basic things to keep in mind when creating your new site; this will ensure you get the most out of your new site while keeping the process as simple as possible.

We explain the process in more detail using the infographic below.

infographic about making the most out of new Drupal site

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