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What is Drupal?

Are you looking at Drupal? Have you heard of Drupal but are not sure what it can do for you? Is the Drupal icon just so cool that you want to be a part of this movement?

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Drupal is a free and open-source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world.

Drupal was first developed in 2001 by Dries Buytaert, a student at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. At the time, Buytaert was looking for a way to manage his personal website, and he created a simple system for organizing and publishing content. He called this system Drupal, which is a Dutch word meaning drop.

Buytaert initially released Drupal as an open-source project, meaning that anyone could access the source code and make modifications to it. Over time, Drupal grew in popularity and a community of developers and users began to form around the project.

The content management system (CMS) is written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License. Drupal is used to manage and publish web content, such as blogs, forums, news articles, and e-commerce stores.

Drupal is designed to be flexible and extensible, allowing users to customize its functionality through the use of modules and themes. It has a large and active community of developers and users who contribute to its ongoing development and support.

Drupal is often used by large organizations and government agencies because of its robust security features and ability to handle large amounts of content.

Why Use Drupal?

I recommend these resources to get started learning more about Drupal:

  • The Ultimate Guide To Drupal – A Step-By-Step Video Tutorial Training That Shows You Drupal-Conquering Shortcut Secrets… In Under 6 Hours, And Without Any Headaches!
  • Video: Dries Buytaert, the creator of Drupal, collected various responses to help answer that age old question “What is Drupal“. This short video provides perspective and insight on how developers, designers, editors, and content creators approach Drupal. This short video is from Dries Buytaert’s keynote at DrupalCon Chicago, March 7, 2011.
  • Book: Using Drupal provides implementation examples for a variety of web use cases, from creating a product review site to setting up an online store. The examples utilize many of the contributed modules the Drupal community has created.

Drupal Podcast series

  • The Drupal Voices podcast series provides short format insights into what is happening in the community, what technologies are being utilized, and how modules are developing.
  • The Lullabot podcast series goes deep into how sites are implemented with Drupal and where interesting people are focusing their energy in module development and creating awesome websites.

History of Drupal

Check out this great infographic on the history of Drupal from CMS Website Services:

History Drupal Infographic

John Blue

John is the Chief of Community Creation at Truffle Media. Truffle Media Networks provides Ag Media You Can Use, through high-quality, turnkey production and distribution of agriculture business-focused media series.

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