What is Drupal?
For those of you living in the Dark Ages, Drupal is a CMS (Content Management System) that’ll quickly give you an unfair advantage (see features) when it comes to creating any type of website. But don’t take my word for it.
“Drupal is software that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a great variety of content on a Web site. Tens of thousands of people and organizations have used Drupal to set up scores of different kinds of Web sites, including:
- Community Web portals and discussion sites
- Corporate Web sites/intranet portals
- Personal Web sites
- Aficionado sites
- E-commerce applications
- Resource directories
Drupal includes features to enable content management systems, blogs, collaborative authoring environments, forums, newsletters, picture galleries, file uploads and download, and much more. Drupal is open source software licensed under the GPL and is maintained and developed by a community of thousands of users and developers. Drupal is free to download and use.” (Source: CMS Matrix)
Is this CMS a good pal?
Now, I’ve never used Drupal but I’ve been in the IT business long enough to know a good thing just from reading countless rave reviews. Web developers really love this CMS, and I’m not about to second guess them. Oh, Big Blue (aka IBM) is also gung ho on Drupal too. For those of you who’d like to see what it’s like to install Drupal on your web server, then I urge you to read more. By the way, I’m told the Drupal user community is also very helpfull to newbies.
Vote for Drupal
By the way, if you’re a Drupal user and would like to show your support for this venerable CMS, then by all means cast your vote. It is one of 5 CMSs duking it out for top honors. Take a peek at this:
“This is your chance to support Drupal by voting! Pakt publishing is running a competition for the best Open Source CMS, and Drupal is in the top 5 candidates. The final round of judging will be done by four judges, where the community vote is the fourth judge. That means it is time to head on over to the voting page and fill out the form to show that you choose Drupal above all others. The winning CMS will get US $5,000, the second will get US $3,000 and the third placed finalist will get US $2,000.” (Source: Drupal.org)