Drupal is one of the most popular content management systems based on PHP. It is used to make wide variety of websites starting from simple blog type content sites, to websites for businesses, to more sophisticated e-commerce sites and large and complex web based systems.
Few percent of all websites on the world are made on the Drupal content management system, which may seem a small number, but actually is very large, considering how much websites there are in the world. Of course, the most popular content management system in miles is WordPress.
The first version of Drupal was created way back in 2001, and since than there have been less than 10 major versions with many improvements, in design of the system, ease of use and security. The system can be used on any of the largest operating systems such as Windows, Mac OSX and Linux, and can also work on the most common server programs such as Apache and Ngix and supports practically all databases used today, including MySQL and SQLite. In addition, Drupal supports many languages across the world, making it easy to use for international clients. Similar to other popular content management systems, Drupal is an open source project, free to use for anyone.
One of the main features of Drupal content management system are many modules and themes available that make developing for the platform a lot faster and easier. For example, there are many precoded modules available on the system, as for example, gallery module, login module, registration module and text redactors. You can use these modules for free while developing your project or write your own code on top of the module for additional functionality. You can also create updates for the core of Drupal and give your support in making Drupal a better platform.
Similar to WordPress and Joomla platforms, Drupal also has different themes available for developers to implement in their projects. With themes you can personalise the looks and style of your websites in just few minutes. You can also make you own themes that other developers can use on their projects, and you can collaborate with other developers in creating themes. Similar to other platforms, using themes help to make great looking websites easier and quicker.
When we look to the community of the Drupal, it is growing rapidly. This is a powerful system which can be adapted for large projects and the active community of Drupal is certainly a plus, as you can always get the help needed when developing a project on Drupal. Their community is also one of the most active amongst content management systems, creating different events all around the world to attract new people to this awesome platform.