Drupal - The CMS That Grew Overnight

Drupal - The CMS That Grew Overnight

History of Drupal

Let’s go back to the year 2000 where two students Dries Buytaert and Hans Snijder of Antwerp University required a reliable internet connection. But to get a permanent internet connection it was hard for them so, as a solution, they set up a wireless bridge between their dorms and shared ADSL modem connection among eight students. Finally, it worked but according to them, still something is missing; a place where they can communicate to each other.

Dries figured out to transform that missing feature into an opportunity. Dries and Hans created a small framework (small news site with a web board) where they post notes about their status, news and lots more. When Dries left his dorm after completing his studies they want to be in touch so they set up internal site online.

But, still, the software was nameless. In search of a right domain, they ended up at “dorp.org” where Dorp means “village” in Dutch which matches with their community that they’d started.

While checking Dries mistyped the word “dorp” as “drop” may be the most fortunate typo out there and this mistake stuck. When “drop.org” went online soon it attracted many audiences, members and they started talking about new technologies like moderation, syndication, distributed authentication, rating etc.

Slowly drop.org transformed into personal experiment environment where numerous ideas were discussed and implemented as the feature and method in this software.

In order to show a new path for web development Dries launched this software in 2001 considering providing an experimental platform. Finally, Dries changed the name from Drop to “Drupel” which came from the English pronunciation of the Dutch word “Druppel” which directly means “Drop”.


Creation of Drupal Icon

As being a unique software Drupal also need a unique Icon. The Concept of the logo is based on a drop, the same theme that inspired the software’s name. The first idea was simple: a drop inside a circle, a circle inside a drop.

But as usual, a new idea emerged from the community itself among all one of the taken ideas was to create an animated drop with a face. The 3D version of this idea was created by Steven Witten and Kristjan Jansen who put two drops sideways to create an infinity symbol when placed inside the filled circle they looked like eyes and the drop resembled a face. With the contribution of Witten and Jansen Druplicon was born. The final icon was a blue drop with infinite eyes, a nose, and a mischievous smile.


Mission, Vision, and Principles

Drupal CMS development took place to provide the best open source content management framework which indicates the new and innovative ideas and best service in knowledge management, community publishing, and software design. Drupal’s main principle is its modularity.


Introduction to Drupal

It is a content management system software whose main purpose is to build websites and applications. Some of its dynamic attributes are reliable performance, top-notch security and content authoring.

Its advanced tools help you to create the structured content that gives you dynamic experience. It’s ideal to build digital framework. Modules boost its functionality and 1000+ themes allow you to customize the content presentation according to you. These components improve the main abilities of this CMS.


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As being an open source software it allows its user to download it for free and share it with another user. There are some principles behind the development of this site like innovation, globalism, and collaboration. It was free and always will be it does not include any licensing fee. It Always welcomes new members.

Drupal’s Community is the largest community in the world more than 1,000,000 staunch Drupal website developers, designers, editors, coordinators, trainers, and sponsors are working together. It was created to stipulate support, share networking, establish documentation etc.


What is Drupal?

Drupal is a flexible CMS based on LAMP stack, its modular design allows to add or remove any feature and allows to change the look and feel of the website to be modified by installing or uninstalling the themes and modules.

Basic Drupal is also called Core Drupal which consists of PHP scripts required to run basic CMS functionality, image assets, CSS, JavaScript’s and the various other options of themes and modules. 


Drupal A CMS

First, let us know what is CMS? CMS or Content Management System is a software tool which allows the user to use various tools like edit, add, publish or remove the content from a website.

Technically, it’s a scripting language which runs on a computer where database and server are installed. In CMS, content, and settings of website stored in the database, the script takes the information from the database and assets like CSS files, JavaScript’s etc. for creating the page of a website. 

The combination of an operating system that the CMS run on the scripting language, the database saves that information in it and after that, the web server runs that script to regain the information and back it to the site’s visitor’s web browser known as Stack on which CMS mainly runs.

The most commonly used combination is of Linux Operating System, MYSQL database, PHP scripting language or abbreviated as “LAMP” Stack and Apache web server.


Why Drupal?

To develop a website, one should choose best CMS package according to their requirement and hosted services to create own CMS or developing a website without CMS. There are some reasons Why you should go with Drupal?

  • With the help of static HTML page creating a simple site is very easy. With the features like on-line editing, uniformity and the probability of more complex features requiring a database site can create a site easily.
  • It can be used as a starting point is the best option because its basic functionality is the best and moreover creating your own CMS software makes it more attractive.
  • No doubt that many other CMS’s are out there some of them are expensive and some are free but with limited functionality to utilize its full feature one must purchase its premium package but on the other hand, Drupal is less expensive and has more features than any other CMS in class.


Voyage of Drupal from version 1.0 till now


 1. Drupal 1.0

In the beginning Drupal covered a minor 18 core modules, each core was determined by PHP document. The framework was totally dependent on SQL to manage and transform topics, content, format and much more. The first framework got some amazing features like comment field, search function, and a blog functionality.

2. Drupal 2.0

Soon after the release of Drupal 1.0 Drupal 2.0 got released with more advanced features like translations. Now developers can translate their website by just modifying the database. This feature brought great improvement in stories, rating and allowed greater control over stakeholder interaction and Drupal web design.


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3. Drupal 3.0

Nodes feature was introduced with the new version of Drupal i.e. Drupal 3.0. Nodes are commonly used in place of pages for mobile development, it amplifies the flexibility for making and displaying contents of web pages, blog, articles and managed them. It allows adding comments and action directly to the nodes due to which It ultimately maximize the size of website development and their changes.

4. Drupal 4.0

Drupal 4.0 was released in 2002. Since its inception, Drupal has grown to 26 core modules. Now 100 websites were developed with this CMS. It presented the taxonomy module which gave Drupal Web developer a toolset for marketing, categorizing and sorting their content.

With more user-friendly interface Drupal became a quality Content Marketing System (CMS). At this point, Drupal moved to a slower release schedule, Drupal 4.1 release eight months after the release of version 4.0. Drupal 4 lasted until 2007 and released seven different versions over this period.

5. Drupal 5.0

With more than 492 contributors and 1173 patches, Drupal 5.0 was released in 2007. But Drupal had only 2500 contributed modules and 29 cores were available for the Drupal Experts to add to their sites.

This version was the first to bring features like JavaScript, jQuery which ultimately increased developer’s ability. This version came in neatly packaged web-based installers which saved users from manual database manipulation and permitting the creating of custom package pre-filled with themes and contributed modules.

This mess was removed with the whole new file structure and which compressed and compiled CSS file automatically. Developers can now create custom content and control coaching type which lead to greater customization and performance.

6. Drupal 6.0

Drupal 6.0 was released in February 2008. It is estimated that around more than 120000 websites still used Drupal 6.0. It consists of 7000 contributed modules, 600 custom themes, and 34 core modules.

With this version, a new menu structure was introduced that has been written from ground up and friendlier installation process. It also brought more user-friendly interface elements and advancement in language. It remained for 3 years. Whitehouse.gov used this version for hosting and they still use Drupal and updated to a new version 7.0.

7. Drupal 7.0

Version 7.0 was released in 2011, this version is famous among all doesn’t matter whether it’s a large organization, small business owners, bloggers or government agencies because of its ease and flexibility to use.

At this point, Drupal covers 200 distributions, 11,000 contributed modules, and 40 core modules. The flexibility with an interface between modules and nodes are amazing. Every item has an individual entity of being manipulated and present user to develop a vast flexible website.

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8. Drupal 8.0

Drupal’s latest release and the biggest update in Drupal’s history was version 8.0 on 19th November 2015. Since then it was on 6 months update cycle, means that we already have access to Drupal 8.3.

It has more than 60 core modules, and one of the most famous modules “Views” is now part of the core module set. Drupal 8.0 uses over 60 database tables and includes smarter tech like BigPipe to bring down site load time to a minimum.

With the help of this wonderful CMS, the options become endless whether you want an easy website, a forum area, an e-commerce site or much more. This Content Management System is easy to use and can be learned quickly. But there are also more complex setups for the experienced content managers.


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