drupalDrupal is an open source content management software. Since it’s an open source product, you can use it for free. The word ‘Drupal’ is basically originated from the Dutch word ‘Druppel’ which means drop. Drupal was originally written as a message board by Dries Buytaert and was first launched in January, 2001.

It has been used by millions of web applications and websites as a back-end system.  Drupal can be used by an individual or business, either large or small, to setup blogs and websites with the add-on facility of thousands of modules.  It gives freedom to its users to develop online communities, online stores, media portals and much more.

Drupal is used by approximately 1 million people in more than 228 countries, globally. It has started to gain popularity during 2003, when one of the US Democratic Candidate, Howard Dean used it for his campaign in 2004 elections.  Since then many companies have been using Drupal for their business support. Today, Drupal has been downloaded millions of times by the users.

Buytaert holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Belgium’s Ghent University. He used to work as a FAQ maintainer for Linux-WLAN during 1999 to 2000. Buytaert has been selected by the Business Week as a ‘Young Entrepreneurs of Tech’. He is also among the group of thirty-five people whose names are included in the MIT’s Technology Review TR35 as one of the top technology inventors.  He has co-founded Acquia and Mollom in addition to Drupal.

Interested to learn more about Drupal and Buyaert? Watch the Sunday morning keynote delivered by Dries Buytaert in Melbourne in 2012. He speaks about the Drupal and its target audiences. He has also explained the importance of small and big companies for the development of Drupal 8. In the end there is a Q&A session between Buytaert and attendees of the session. It is a must watch video, if you are keen to know first-hand information about Drupal.

Video: Drupal and Dries Buytaert – A Perfect Combo
(First released in: 2012)

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