Drupal, the Community Framework

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The PHP-based Drupal framework makes dynamic websites simple. The modular system is extensible using free modules and the appearance is template-driven. In this article, we will be delving into Drupal’s range of functions and discussing installation and basic configuration.

Community sites account for some of the most heavily frequented sites on the Web. Users can register with the site and contribute articles or commentaries on a variety of topics. Drupal [1] was originally designed for this task and gives you everything you need to set up a convenient community site. But on top of that, Drupal is a fullfledged Content Management System capable of supporting a wide range of websites, from simple weblogs to professional company sites. Drupal is written in PHP and uses a database to store content. The complete source code of the system has been placed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and can thus be freely used, modified and distributed. The “The Birth of Drupal” box gives you a short overview of the history of Drupal and explains how it got its name.

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