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11Jan/121

The Swift Adoption of Drupal

Since the inception of World Wide Web, the internet world has become highly competitive with a staggeringly intense cut-throat competition prevailing among tons of websites to stay at the top search engine rankings. This escalating number of websites can be attributed to the web development technologies, software enhancements and Content Management Systems. One such software, Drupal has been a head turner since its inception. Though there have been other technologies and software which also contribute to the development and management of websites, it is Drupal, with its abundant features themes and modules that has gained popularity and preference over other website development systems (be it frameworks, content managers, enterprise relationship managers or other content managers in the game).

Drupal is an open source content management system and framework, a powerful and yet free website builder, with which one can easily publish, manage and organize a wide assortment of content on a website. There has been a rapid increase in Drupal adoption and it has become quite a rage with webmasters/developers, bloggers and organizations. Various companies including high profile large enterprises as well as medium and small businesses run their websites on Drupal. With Drupal these site-owners can effortlessly enhance the look of their websites with immeasurably attractive features that Drupal offers. Drupal can be used to tailor-make almost any visual layout.

Websites that use Drupal
Based on PHP which is highly compatible with different operating systems like Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and others, Drupal is used by some of the busiest and popular websites such as WhiteHouse.gov. In addition, the world’s most visited art museum, Louvre’s website also uses Drupal. Moreover, Zynga, the brainchild behind creating ‘Farmville’ has its core website on Drupal. What’s more is that Twitter’s developer community is also using Drupal. Other bigwigs using Drupal include Yahoo Research, NASA, Amnesty International, United Nations’ End Poverty and Fight Hunger programs and the list goes on.

Drupal is basking in its glory in the world of content management system. Among numerous aspects that set it apart are its incomparable social multimedia publishing features that are being supported by the Drupal community.

Drupal Modules
One of the mind blowing features of Drupal is its ‘Modules’. Available aplenty the Drupal modules are free add-ons which have been contributed by the over 10,000 developers of the Drupal community to enhance the assortment of Drupal functionality for free. Designed to assist websites for their successful functioning in the form of blogs, communities, forums, image galleries, Ecommerce sites, event calendars, etc. the modules can be installed and configured by following the step by step tutorials or in some cases, just by installing and enabling them. These Drupal modules help in creating unique and attractive use cases for websites. This is undoubtedly one of the reasons for the rapid increase in Drupal adoption.

Drupal themes
‘Drupal themes’ are additional features that draw various organizations to switch to Drupal. Drupal themes provide an artistic and creative look to the site. A collection of styles, graphics, and templates, the themes use XHTML, CSS, and PHP to decorate a webpage by providing a wide range of color schemes. You can choose from a default set of themes for your webpage via a special menu or download from the hundreds in the free community base. Most of the popular Drupal themes also allow you to change the color schemes of your website through a web browser interface.

Documentation
Another raison d'être for rapid increase in the adoption of Drupal is the presence of ‘Documentation Pages’. Written by the Drupalists aka active Drupal community members in collaboration with the Documentation Team, it is a place where one writes and reviews documentations to gain and share knowledge about Drupal with other Drupalists. However the most important issue that is found, written and shared in the Documentation Pages is the step by step instructions on the guidelines, style, syntax and structure to be followed, to develop webpages which also includes Modules and Themes.

To conclude, the reason why there has been a rapid increase in Drupal adoption is that, Drupal is considered a Messiah in the Web World as it is the panacea for all the possible aspects required to build a website.

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  1. I’m really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Anyway keep up the excellent quality writing, it is rare to see a great blog like this one today


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