Help us switch to Drupal
September 27, 2012 7:22 AM Subscribe
The case for Drupal? Or, why we should ditch Kintera and not choose BlueState or Expression Engine, etc.
I work at a large non-profit umbrella group with 501(c)3, 501(c)4 and PAC subgroups. We've been on a ten-year contract with Kintera, and aside from the fact that Kintera's a mighty pain in the ass to use, it's costing us thousands of dollars per month.
We've been talking about a migration for a while now, but we're dealing with a board who don't know a lot about technology, and the communications director and operations director disagree about what to switch to. The coms director likes Drupal, the ops director likes … well, whatever his friends at different organizations are playing with at the moment. Expression Engine and BlueState are the big ones.
Our big needs are a) hosting and organizing content, b) taking contributions in a secure, robust way, and c) easy to train new people on.
So: I'd like to know what clear advantages Drupal has over other systems outside of being a free license, specifically regarding what we need, and why you would choose it over BlueState or Expression Engine, etc. (We do have a couple of contractors and designers who will do the install/migration and provide some ongoing support for Drupal, so support is less of a problem than it might otherwise be.)
What are things you'd highlight? What are (especially non-profit) sites that really use Drupal well? What advantages do Expression Engine and BlueState have over Drupal? Is there anything we should know or be wary of?