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Drupal. A flexible foundation.

Drupal. A flexible foundation.

Using Drupal just makes sense.

What is Drupal?

"Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and applications. It's built, used, and supported by an active community of people around the world. Use Drupal to build everthing from personal blogs to enterprise applications. Thousands of add-on modules and designs let you build any site you can imagine."

 

My Drupal journey

Drupal has been an empowering form of creative expression for me since 2006 when Drupal 4.7 was released. At that time, I was amazed at the power of Drupal to translate a website vision into reality. The technical and geeky aspects of Drupal were imediately alluring but I soon found out that there were reasons for the complexity.

Drupal is really more of a web framework that can power extremely sophisticated websites and applications. With robust caching solutions, it can scale to power the largest websites. Sony Music uses Drupal for all of their musician sites, while the Grammys.com supports millions of concurrent visitors every year.

Drupal is also secure, which is clearly evident in the fact that the US government has used Drupal to power its internal and external websites for a number of years.

It hasn't been easy trying to get Drupal accepted into the enterprise. They seems to be a bias against open source software that is hard to understand. The barriers are coming down though, as is evidenced by the stature of the companies currently using Drupal.

The usability and power improvements that Drupal has made is actually leveraging the project management skills that have been such a large part of my work career. With an intermediate level of Drupal expertise, putting together most websites now relies more upon client communication and requirements gathering than development skills. Being able to break project requirements into Drupal components and techniques is also a valuable commodity.

 

An exciting future

The future of Drupal, with Drupal 8 already in development is looking very bright. For seasoned developers who have gone through the hard times, it is especially exciting to see the best ideas and concepts from the module community being adopted into the core codebase. The core concepts of responsive design will also be integrated as the base level. I can't wait to see what I will be able to create in the coming years.