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What is Drupal?

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Drupal is an open source content management system (CMS) and web application framework written in PHP. Drupal is a simple CMS to use, yet flexible enough to be completely customized. Magazines, news and blog sites, libraries, schools and universities, churches, grassroots movements, entertainment and celebrity fan sites, and e-commerce are all running on Drupal!

What is a website CMS?

A web content management system, or document management system, is a framework that provides an easy way for people to create and change text and photos on a web site. Web publishing has never been easier. Even videos, forms, and e-commerce products can become simple.

Features

What's great about Drupal? Out-of-the-box, Drupal provides blogs, books, forums, polls, and the option to allow comments on nearly anything. Tagging, taxonomy, and advanced search features help people find content and RSS feeds keep people up to date on your latest news.

Web based administration, content filtering, and a role based permission system mean multiple users can safely create and edit content, even untrusted guests. A dynamic multi-level menu system only includes items to a user relevant to their context. With OpenID support users can login to Drupal through any OpenID provider. Several core themes make it easy to customize the appearance of Drupal.

Drupal also provides multi-language capability and friendly URLs. Built-in caching makes your site run faster and the throttling feature keeps it running fast when the site gets hit hard.

Community

Drupal provides some great features out of the box, but what if you need it to do something else? The community of Drupal users now numbers over 650,000, and over 2,000 have developer accounts, and the numbers are growing. This thriving community consists of graphic designers, programmers, linguists, themers, and normal people too, from all over the world. They have contributed thousands of free add-on modules that extend Drupal. Many web sites can built using these contributed modules and without writing any custom code!

For the website designer and developer, there are a number of contributed modules of interest for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and CAPTCHA modules for spam control. Learn more about how we use Drupal as a web application framework.

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Best CMS

Drupal continues to win or place in the top of the Best Open Source CMS Awards, alongside Joomla and Wordpress.


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