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Snapshot History of Drupal

Day by day Web technology is changing drastically.  So, are you thinking how can you implement the right technology? Here is the answer.

Drupal is a FREE software platform that allows you to easily organize, manage and publish your content with an endless variety of customization. That's how the Drupal official website describes itself. Drupal is the most popular content management system that blends simplicity and complex functionality to make web development easy. Because of its flat hierarchy, Drupal is an excellent choice not just for blogs and social networking services but also e-commerce solutions. Let’s take a leap back in time to explore how and where it all started and now flourished into the Drupal community that we have today.         

Dries Buytaert and Hans Snijder from the University of Antwerpen tried to make a small internal website, or a message board where they could share news and work status' with a group of friends. Dries decided to put that website online and named it Initially, the site was to be named as "dorp", (Dutch word for “village”) but it was mistyped. Later in 2001, Dries decided to release the software as Drupal, which means "drop" in Dutch. was turned into an experimentation platform that was based on discussions and flow of ideas. As open source could be accessed and modified by anyone. Making it open source was supposed to put down the work burden on Dries but instead, we all witnessed a rapid evolution of Drupal caused or created by the community itself. Drupal’s first claim to fame came when it was used to build “DeanSpace” for one of the candidates in U.S. presidential elections. After that CivicSpace Labs, the first company started to develop and distribute Drupal technology. Now, Drupal is totally community based.

Let’s take a look at the changes that happened in Drupal’s timeline since the beginning.

 May 2000: was born.

               Later, it was converted to open sourcephp CMS landscape.


January 2001: Drupal 1.0 released

Features include Modules, Themes, Content, Diary, Blocks.



May 2001: Drupal 2.0 released

Features include translations, user ratings, sections


September 2001: Drupal 3.0 released

Features include nodes, blogs, polls


December 2001: released




June 2002: Drupal 4.0 released

Features include blogger api, taxonomy, distributed authentication



May 2004: rise of DeanSpace and then Civicspace



October 2004: Drupal 4.5 released

Features include tabs, file upload, user profiles, bluemarine



May 2006: Drupal 4.7 released

Features include use of javascript/ajax, free tagging, php template.



January 2007: Drupal 5.0 released

Features include web installer, Garland theme, JQuery


November 2007: Birth of Acquia



January 2011: Drupal 7 released

Features include overlay, ui fixes, new database api, tests



August 2013: Drupal 8 will release

Features include html 5, mobile support, layouts, web services

It may have gone unnoticed, but drupal also has its very own song that was composed back in 2007.


                                                                                                      Here is a list of some of the famous sites built in Drupal:, Ubuntu, MTV UK, Warner bros, official websites of Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne and

Jennifer Lopez and Bob Dylan, Moto GP, and The Whitehouse.

It's unknown what the future holds for Drupal, but as the platform continues to gain in popularity and is adopted to create more and more high-profile websites, it is certain that it will continue its rapid evolution. New innovations on the horizon for Drupal 8 include the web services, layouts and more accessibility enhancements.


on 31 Aug 2012 by
Rahul Dolas
Software Engineer Trainee