Drupal, making the Web Development easy

The name Drupal was created as a result of a typo error. While Buytaert was creating his website Drop.org, he wanted to name the site “dorp” meaning “village” for its community of developers but made a mistake in typing while looking for a domain name. Later, the mistyped word sounded better, and hence the name Drupal came into being.

Drupal has a GNU General Public License and hence can be downloaded, used, contributed to and distributed freely under the same license. It is written in PHP, using Symphony. Nowadays Drupal is providing back-end framework for about 2.3% of websites worldwide. The websites range from personal blogs to corporate, political and government sites.

The developer’s community of Drupal has been relatively a closed one because of the way the code is written in Drupal. Also called “Drupalism” the way of writing code in Drupal has been a learning curve for developers, as a result, many PHP developers were hesitant to join the Drupal community as well. But the trend has changed, and as of April 2017, the community has grown to 1.3 million members out of which 106,605 members are actively contributing which has resulted in the development of 37,110 free modules which customize and extend Drupal functionality. With the release of Drupal 8, the community is promoting new methods of code reusability and the best of practices across a number of open source projects. This move has made the Drupal community richer by welcoming developers from other platforms.

Drupal web development also describes itself as a web-application framework. And when compared to certain prominent frameworks it meets most of the feature requirements for web frameworks. Although the API’s offered to the developers are hard to understand by a layman, website installation and administration requires no programming knowledge. Drupal is capable of running on any platform that runs a web server running PHP and a database to store content and configuration.

Features

The standard release of Drupal called Drupal Core consists of basic features like any other CMS (Content Management System). The features include user registration, menu management, layout customization, system administration, RSS feed, etc. The Drupal core can provide a simple blog, website, community website or an Internet forum.

The Drupal core can be extended through modules. Drupal core includes modules which can be enabled by the administrator to extend the functionalities. The core provides some functionalities like:

  • Advanced search
  • RSS feed and feed aggregator
  • Multi-level menu system
  • Descriptive URLs
  • Various access control restrictions
  • Multi-site support
  • User profiles
  • Access statistics and logging
  • Multi-user content creation and editing.

With the fast and steady growth of Drupal as means of creating simple as well sophisticated websites, various Drupal Development Company/ companies are being established offering customers fully functional Drupal-based websites as well as web applications.

 

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