Drupal is an open source platform for building different digital experiences. It’s designed for web content management with a variety of capabilities, and it offers endless online flexibility. Drupal is used by at least 2.3% of all the websites online, which range from personal blogs to corporate, political and government websites. There are also systems using Drupal for knowledge management and business collaboration.
Drupal is currently available in 100 languages and its community has 1.3 million members. Dries Buytaert, the founder, started the entire thing from his own couch and later released the first version. Drupal became an open source project in 2001. It was first aimed to be used as a message board. Buytaert actually wanted to call the project ‘drop’ (Dutch word for ‘village’) because of its community aspects. Unfortunately, he mistyped it when he was checking the domain name, and then thought the error sounded better. Today, the name is an English word rendering of the Dutch word ‘druppel’ which means water drop.
If you’d like to use it for your own website, keep in mind that the endless flexibility of Drupal needs proper hardware to deliver optimal results. It must run in a modern environment, supplied with enough processing power, SSDs and a very good setup. Hostgator cloud hosting – which is nicely discounted right now – and the biggest SiteGround shared plans are ideal for the purpose.
It takes 10 minutes to manually install the entire thing, and it also comes with more than 39,500 free modules. With these modules, you can extend and customize the functionality of Drupal. There are also over 2,570 free themes if you’d like to change appearance. If you’re a developer, Drupal offers you a sophisticated API. But if you’re someone with no programming skills, the framework offers you the basic website installation and administration.
Some of the websites using Drupal include the White House’s website, the websites of the Governments of Bermuda, France and South Africa. Additionally, Harvard, University of Minnesota, Surrey and Rutgers University also use Drupal for their websites. In addition, some celebrities’ websites are built on it as well: Christina Aguilera, Lady GaGa, Robbie Williams, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey.
If you’d like to learn more about this open source content-management framework, check out the infographic below.