What is Django?
Django is an open-source framework based on Python with which web applications can be built in a relatively short time. Because many standard web application functions are already built in such as; an admin panel, user authentication, forms and a relational database, development is generally much faster in comparison with other programming languages/frameworks.
Django is very modular and this can be seen in the packages that are available for this framework. You can compare it a bit with plugins in WordPress. There are thousands of different Django packages available which gives the developer the opportunity to easily expand and add functionalities without having to start from scratch.
Django, unlike for example WordPress, is not a ready-made product that you can install and start using immediately. Despite the functionalities with which the framework comes, programming knowledge is required for Django development. As a result, the development costs will therefore be higher compared to a simpler solution like WordPress. For e-commerce there are good solutions such as Django Oscar and for a great CMS on top of Django there is Wagtail.
4 benefits of the Django framework
There are many advantages that come with using this framework and we have listed a few below.
1. Rapid prototype development
Web application development with Django is very efficient. The framework is based on Python and therefore works with the same principles. DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself) is a key factor in the Django eco-system. Thanks to the well-constructed syntax, the code remains compact and well-arranged and parts can be reused. Thanks to this modular approach, a prototype can be developed relatively quick.
You can compare this framework a bit with Lego or Duplo. You can build bricks stacked on top of each other, as well as side by side. Both at the database level and at the application level, functionalities are modular. This makes the framework particularly flexible and efficient. You can make a lego construction from 5 building blocks, but also a complete lego land with 2 million stones.
3. Great for customization
Because the framework is so versatile and flexible, it is very suitable for customization. Large companies such as Instagram, Youtube, Dropbox make use of this framework. The application remains very clear for the user and their will be no struggles with countless updates of themes and plugins that are often required for a CMS such as WordPress.
4. Ease of use
Thanks to excellent extensions, Django is user-friendly for both programmers and the end user. Experience shows that a dashboard made in Django ( with some help of Wagtail :) is often received many times more user-friendly than, for example, the WordPress dashboard. This is because only the parts that the developers will build in, will be shown in the dashboard.