Date

6-2012

Degree Name

BS in Graphic Communication

Department

Graphic Communication Department

Advisor(s)

Penny K. Bennett

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine, based on the code knowledge of users, the effectiveness of Drupal’s graphical user interface in aiding developers during website creation. It includes research on current website developer trends, with a heavy emphasis on Drupal’s content management system, its usage, and the pros and cons of its graphical user interface. An online survey querying website developer knowledge of content management systems and preferences was distributed. Additionally, an in person case study that allowed users from two controlled groups, individuals with code knowledge and individuals with limited code knowledge, to physically interact with Drupal’s graphical user interface in order to complete the same series of instructions. The participants were timed in order to gauge the intuitiveness of Drupal’s interface in aiding various levels of experience in developers. The results of this study can be used to map the past and future trends in web development.