What is Drupal?

How did Drupal start

In 2000, at University of Antwerp, students Dries Buytaert Hans SnijderDries Buytaert and Hans Snijderset up a wireless bridge permanent Internet connection to share Hans's ADSL modem connection among a small group of student friends.   This worked very well; however, they soon found there was no means to discuss or share simple information. To leave each other notes about the status of the network, to announce where they were having dinner, or to share some noteworthy news items, there needed to be a solution. Dries Buytaert undertook the task to build a small news site with a built-in web board, allowing, the group of friends, to leave each other notes. 

After graduation from Antwerp Uni the group wanted to remain in touch hence the need to continue using this fledgling community website but move it to online.  This community website, nameless at this point, now needed a domain.  While looking for a suitable domain name, Dries Buytaert thought that the name “Dorp” the Dutch word for 'village' would make a good name for this software.  However when acquiring the domain he had a bit of a typo moment, as we all do, and miss spelt it and acquired the domain drop.org

DrupalOnce drop.org was established on the Web, its audience evolved and the site had greater needs.  Drop.org slowly turned into a personal experimentation environment, driven by the discussions and flow of ideas. The discussions about these web technologies were tried out on drop.org itself as new additions to the software running the site.

It was in January 2001, that Dries Buytaert decided to release the software behind drop.org for anyone.  This allowed others of talent to use and extend the experimentation platform so that more people could explore new paths for development. He called it "Drupal." derived from the English pronunciation of the Dutch word "druppel," which means "drop." and Drupal was born.

Drupal today

General Public LicenseDrupal is released now under a license call the GNU (or GPL). Simply put, this license protects and empowers the software that will drive your new web site because it is owned by the general public and free to be examined and altered at all levels. Drupal can be truly understood and implemented by web developers because; they not only have access to the code at its source, but are also free to modify and enhance it.  This allows us at PlexityNet to modify the software to cater for all your online business requirements.  Drupal has, and continues to be, developed with the idea of flexibility. This covers the inherent flexibility of its public license to the flexibility of its function and design.

The best choice for your site

Most people have some idea of what they would like their website to do.  Our clients often come to us with ideas on how they wish their website to look, feel and work. They are often surprised and challenged, with many further ideas, after we have shown them what can be achieve with the customisation of this powerful content management system called Drupal

Drupal is built by a community

The principal behind what makes Drupal so powerful is the Drupal community. They are a dedicated group of people who love what they do, constantly working in collaboration on the software that is Drupal.  They know peoples online needs. They are not employees designing an abstract system. They are people who have websites themselves. They are people who are actively improving the Drupal software to suit their needs then sharing it with the rest of the world.

Drupal is future proofTick of approval

As a website user you will have a general idea about what you want your website to do right now. Almost certainly, in a year or two as technology changes, there will be things you'll want or need that you have no concept of at this time. For example who could have predicted that so much web activity would take place with a hand held device only a few years ago.  However Drupal can help with this! Not just the software but the greater Drupal community that is constantly and consistently upgrading, patching, searching for new concepts and ideas to integrate, implementing new modules for the latest and most desirable features on the web.

How far has Drupal come?

Drupal is built by a community that is 600,000 strong in 228 countries
speaking 182 languages.  Drupal 7 has just been released but no one is sat round congratulating themselves, far from it, work is already well under way for Drupal 8.  Many versions will still be to come and continue to evolve as does the web itself.  With so many smart people focused on how Drupal can be improved and so much innovation for the web still to revel itself Drupal will continue to evolve for many years to come.  With a website built with a Drupal CMS you will be able to have the assurance that your web site will be safe, optimised and visible on the web, 24/7.  Let PlexityNet your web developer and the Drupal community take care of the rest.

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