This morning I got an email from a company offering a free whitepaper on choosing ‘the best CMS for your business.’ I signed up and downloaded it – this is the first thing I saw when flipping through it:

“PHP is a general-purpose scripting language for web development. It is also used in some open-source CMS offerings. Because it’s easy to learn, PHP is often used by small companies for simple websites. Medium and large businesses however, are much more likely to choose .NET for its compatibility with Microsoft technology.”

So let’s see… these are some fairly good-sized companies that have PHP-driven sites:

  • Facebook
  • Wikipedia
  • ING
  • IKEA
  • US Small Business Administration
  • Friendster
  • Flickr
  • PhotoBucket
  • Sourceforge
  • Yahoo! Answers
  • Garmin
  • Digg
  • Wake Forest University

They don’t sound so small. Or simple.

Two of my friends and colleagues and I are working on a personal project site, so after our meeting last week we decided to give Drupal a try.

I volunteered to host our new site and this morning installed Drupal for the very first time. I had to install and remove the database twice before it would accept it, and I learned how to change the PHP register_globals setting in cPanel. Other than that, the install went easily.

I then set up the others as users, and discovered that ‘administrator’ is not a default user type, so I added it and assigned all three of us as admins.

I only looked around in the control panel briefly, but I’m looking forward to learning how to build a site with Drupal after using several other CMS’s. My next task is checking out themes while one of my colleagues will be doing some research on modules that will suit our site’s goals.