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 drop.org. 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. Drop.org 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: Drop.org 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: Drupal.org 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
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:
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.