What is Drupal?
Drupal is a free and open source modular framework and Content Management System (CMS) written in the programming language PHP. It is used as a “back end” system for many different types of websites, ranging from small personal blogs to large corporate and political sites.
The standard release of Drupal, known as “Drupal core”, contains basic features common to most CMSs. These include the ability to register and maintain individual user accounts, administration menus, RSS-feeds, customizable layout, flexible account privileges, logging, a blogging system, an Internet forum, and options to create a classic “brochureware” website or an interactive community website.
Drupal was also designed to allow new features and custom behavior to be added by third parties. For this reason, Drupal is sometimes described as a “Content Management Framework”. Although Drupal offers a sophisticated programming interface for developers, no programming skills are required for basic website installation and administration.
What are the requirements to use Drupal?
Drupal can run on any computing platform that supports:
* a web server capable of running PHP (version 4.3.5+), including Apache, IIS, Lighttpd, and nginx.
* a database, such as MySQL or PostgreSQL, to store content and settings.
What can you build with Drupal?
With the open source software that maintain by a group of developers world wide, and tens of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power scores of different web sites, including
* Community web portals
* Discussion sites
* Corporate web sites
* Intranet applications
* Personal web sites or blogs
* Aficionado sites
* E-commerce applications
* Resource directories
* Social Networking sites
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