“It’s really the Drupal community and not so much the software that makes the Drupal project what it is. So fostering the Drupal community is actually more important than just managing the code base.”—Dries Buytaert, founder and lead of Drupal
What is Drupal?
Drupal is a free open source content management system (CMS) written in PHP. It is distributed under the GNU General Public License. According to Drupal.org, the free software package allows anyone to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website.
Who developed it? When? Why?
Drupal was originally written as a message board by Belgian software programmer, Dries Buytaert. As students at the University of Antwerp, Buytaert together with Hans Snijder, set up a single modem Internet connection to share with other students in their dorm. While this was considered a luxury, they couldn’t communicate with each other to discuss or share simple thing. This inspired Buytaert to create an internal website with a web board where they could leave messages for each other. By today’s terms, this could have been considered a small social network
After Buytaert graduated and moved, the group decided to put their site online in order to keep in touch with each other.
What group is responsible for managing it?
Drupal is an open source project built and managed by a team of volunteers from around the globe.
Explain its growth.
Originally launched as drop.org, the site grew in popularity. The purpose of the site changed as its members began talking about new web technologies. It slowly evolved into a experimentation platform driven by the ideas and discussions on the site. The new technologies were often tried on the site itself.
In January 2001, Buytaert released the software that behind drop.org, which he called Drupal, as an open source project so others could use, experiment, continue to develop it.
What are related technologies?
Related technologies include Joomla and WordPress, which are also content management systems. These platforms also make creating and customizing dynamic websites easy.
Are there certifications for its use? If so, what? Where and how can one acquire them?
There doesn’t appear to be an official certification for Drupal by Drupal. Dries Buytaert says, “All things considered, I believe there is value in having a well-executed high-quality Drupal certification program, especially as Drupal continues to grow. My personal view is that the Drupal Association is not the best body to create “the” Drupal certification program. It is my belief that we are best served by allowing many organizations to create their own Drupal certification programs, and have the marketplace set their value – similar to how universities build reputations.”
Predict the future for the technology
Since Drupal is open source software, it will continue to grow as its community of members grows and supports it. According to the Drupal.org, 554,421 people in 228 countries speaking 182 languages power Drupal. The Drupal home page contains a map that provides map that updates of forum posts, document updates and commits as they happen.
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