What is Drupal?

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Drupal is a free, open source content management system or “CMS” based on the PHP scripting language. Drupal began in 2001 as a project of developer Dries Buytaert and has since grown into one of the most popular and robust web frameworks available. As of July 2010, it is estimated that over 7 million websites use Drupal.

Drupal has become a favorite of web developers and programers for its versatility and easy customization. There are thousands of custom modules available for Drupal, including image galleries, custom navigation menus, tracking and analytics tools, and ecommerce integration. In addition to modules that provide enhanced functionality, there are a wide range of themes available to customize the appearance of a Drupal website. Of course, more advanced users are creating their own custom modules and custom themes every day.

Drupal has come a long way since 2001 and now directly competes with expensive, enterprise-level competitors. The Economist, Sony Music, Penn State University and Whitehouse.gov are among the respected companies and institutions who have chosen Drupal as a CMS solution for their websites.

While Drupal is incredibly popular with web developers, it is sometimes criticized by beginners for its steep learning curve. Users with little or no understanding of PHP and web programming often find customizing Drupal to be overwhelming and difficult. With each new release Drupal is addressing these issues and seeking to craft an easier user experience for beginners and advanced programmers alike.

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    fgas — January 3rd, 2012, 5:18 AM
  2. Greetings ~
    I just discovered your great website and the informative “TV” programs. I love it!
    Although I am a beginning Graphic Designer for three years now, I am kind of a newbie to understanding the code side of it all. But I will get there. This is my dream.
    I just saw a minor typo in your content and just wanted to call it to your attention. It says: “…to craft an easier user experience fro beginners and…” (‘fro’ instead of ‘for’) on this page- (http://websmart.tv/learn/what-is-drupal/)
    Otherwise, Great site. Glad I found you guys.
    PEACE – Johnny D. Suppicich

    Johnny D. Suppicich — February 21st, 2013, 10:00 PM
  3. Thanks Johnny. Glad you enjoyed the site and thanks for letting us know about the typo.

    admin — February 22nd, 2013, 10:07 AM
  4. thankz

    arvind — July 25th, 2013, 3:38 AM
  5. Glad to see you promoting Drupal. Always great to see people spreading the good word.

    Casey — September 26th, 2013, 8:03 PM
  6. Drupal is really a great platform or CMS for a website development project. Drupal offers flexible, secure and user-friendly environment.

    Pooja Gupta — November 7th, 2016, 2:25 AM

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