The basic Drupal installation allows the creation of classic static Web sites, single- or multiuser blogs, Internet forums or online communities that can handle user-generated content. New features can be added via plugin code known as contrib modules, which have been used for collaborative authoring environments, peer-to-peer networking and podcasting, for example. Drupal can run on any server platform that also supports PHP and a database for storing content and settings. The software is distributed under the GNU General Public License. Drupal was originally written by Dutch student Dries Buytaert to produce a small site that allowed friends to leave notes about network status and share personal news. Buytaert wanted to name the site dorp (Dutch for village) because of its community aspects, but he mistyped the domain name as drop and decided the erroneous version sounded better. Drop.org turned into a place for personal experimentation with new Web technologies, and in January 2001 Buytaert released the software as open source. Drupal comes from the English pronunciation of the Dutch word druppel, meaning drop. • Kay is a Computerworld contributing writer in Worcester, Mass. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Drupal is an opensource Wsb content management system written in PHP. It serves as the back-end system for many different types of Web sHes, ranging from personal blogs to corporate collaboration applications and government sites.
This open-source content management system offers aflexibleway to build and organize Web sites. By Russell Kay RUPAL is free contentmanagement software designed to let an individual or user group publish, manage and organize Web sites that feature a wide variety of content. Drupal is currently being used to power community Web portals, discussion sites, corporate Web sites, intranet applications, personal Web sites and blogs, fan sites, e-commerce applications, resource directories...