A growing number of personal and corporate blogs and website use Drupal as a platform that enables Drupal developers and site administrators to achieve above average level of customization, thus creating and maintaining full-functional and unique web-based systems and sites. Drupal is among the most flexible open-source content management systems (CMS) available and is provided free of charge, thus attracting a growing community of Drupal developers and customers. Apart from its content management functionality, Drupal is also a popular content management and web application framework, which in turn makes Drupal a first choice for numerous organizations and individuals that require website customization beyond the capabilities provide by rival web content management platforms.
Initially developed as a message board, Drupal evolved into a content management system, and since 2001 Drupal is a free and open-source project with more than 10,000 registered software developers. Of course, barely all of those developer accounts are active all the time, nevertheless it signals that Drupal’s popularity among the software developers worldwide is steady and increasing.
The platform’s standard release, known as Drupal core, provides functions that characterize all and every decent web CMS, and can meet all basic needs and requirements of the average blogger. On the other hand, Drupal core’s functionality can be extended through contributed add-ons and extensions, or contrib modules, that provide additional functions, views, and themes, which in turns allows creation of tailored sites and web-based systems.
In fact, Drupal core supports all essential functions a blog, both personal and organizational, would require; namely, user account registration and management, including user roles defined by an administrator account; workflow tools that allow for content to be published according to a set schedule; support for creation and submission of content created by multiple users, both registered and non-registered, etc. These functions can be extended through third-party modules that may feature functionality like integration with external web services, content aggregation tools and many other Drupal add-ons that are available for free on Drupal’s official site.
The system features built-in search functionality, and although some authors claim that Drupal’s advanced search is not the most successful search tool in the market, it performs reasonably well. Feature throttling is of special interest to devoted Drupal developers since it enables software developers to implement dynamic pages and dynamically created content that is otherwise hard to implement without causing server lags. The same applies to Drupal’s web caching capabilities that enable developers to cache web pages for faster access and save on resources that provide computing and web connection functionality.
Descriptive URLs is another feature widely used in development of modern-day websites, intended for use as personal or enterprise blogs, forums, or knowledge-sharing systems. In addition, Drupal is able to support multiple sites, thus enabling both developers and administrators to apply a particular design and functionality concept to numerous sites at once. Obviously, multi-site support does not mean that one would like to create myriads of similar sites, but it can be a very useful feature when a certain third-party modules should be integrated in the context of more than one website.
As far as localization is concerned, Drupal boasts localization in over 50 languages, including support for Arabic, Hebrew, and Persian languages, in which right-to-left writing rules apply. Therefore, Drupal community developers and for-profit Drupal software development services are able to design and implement sites localized in virtually all major world languages, besides the English language which is Drupal’s default language.
Drupal developers have contributed more than 11,000 free third-party modules, listed on Drupal’s site, which is a remarkable achievement per se, making Drupal a preferred choice for individuals and organizations willing to showcase a distinguished web service.