DRUPAL-AN OPEN SOURCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Drupal is an open source Content Management System which is also referred to as CMS means Drupal is used to manage content on informational sites , member sites, social media sites and web applications.
Drupal is written in PHP and requires a MySQL database. Its basic or primary installation can be easily turned into many different types of web sites , from simple web logs to large online communities.
Drupal can also be used for knowledge management and business collaboration.
Drupal was written by Dries Buytaert as a message board and Drupal became an open source project in 2001. The word Drupal is an English rendering of the Dutch word "druppel" which means "drop".
Drupal 8 is in development . The work on Drupal 8 is divided into categories called as Core initiatives :Mobile, Layouts, Web Services and HTML5.
Version Number and Release Date of Drupal
1) 1.0 - 15 Jan 2001
2) 2.0 - 15 Mar 2001
3) 3.0 - 15 Sep 2001
4) 4.0 - 16 Jun 2002
5) 4.5 - 16 Oct 2004
6) 4.6 - 16 Apr 2005
7) 4.7 - 16 May 2006
8) 5.0 - 15 Jan 2007
9) 6.0 - 13 Feb 2008
10) 7.0 - 5 Jan 2011
11) 7.34 - 19 Nov 2014
12) 8.0 beta 2 - 15 Oct 2014
13) 8.0 beta 3 - 12 Nov 2014
14) 8.0 beta 4 - 17 Dec 2014
15) 8.0 beta 6 - 28 Jan 2015
16) 8.0 - Being Developed
Reasons to use Drupal
Reliable : The use of proven , market leading technology actually means low risk. As it is reliable enough so Drupal is also used by the President of theUSA.
Efficient : Customers and content management can be handled efficiently because of the synergies of having everything based on the Drupal framework.
Flexible : It is Fexible as many things can be implemented and changed easily and it has flexible architecture.
Modular : A modular architecture allows the complex solutions to be "assembled" quickly and reliably. More than five thousand modules are available for Drupal.
Support: Drupal support is available from Acquia, Anolim and many other vendors.
Secure: Drupal also has an active security group that provides security updates whenever necessary.
1) Multi-featured- Drupal CMS is a multi-featured CMS and has all the necessary features that a webmaster may need to create an impressive website.
2)GreatwebsiteBuildingTools and different Templates- Drupal CMS has many useful and advanced website building tools which help to create a website quickly.
3) Excellent Content Creation- Drupal CMS main feature is its feature of excellent content creation. The user may wish to add many of the different and useful modules like videos, polls.
4) Dynamic Designs- Drupal CMS carries some very interesting themes and templates and those are easy to use as well.
5) Easy management- Drupal CMS though has a learning curve but is easy to manage.
Non friendly interface - Drupal CMS is much user friendly as compared to the other open source content management systems.
Not good Compatibility - Drupal CMS is a new content management system as compared to other old and established content management systems
Mediocre performances - The websites made in Drupal CMS are comparatively heavy and take more time to load.