September 26, 2021
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Drupal is Now 15 Years Old

Drupal, the world’s second most popular Content Management System, recently completed 15 years of active development.

The first version of Drupal was released back in January 2000, and as such, it has completed over a decade and a half of development, and still continues to grow strong. 

While Drupal was once more popular than it is today, and it lost its crown to WordPress, it is still used by millions of websites and has earned a reputation for being a robust and stable piece of software for building your websites. In comparion to Drupal, WordPress is currently 12 years old, whereas the third player in the top CMS league, Joomla, is a decade old.

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It is also noteworthy that Wikipedia was launched on the same day as Drupal. Back then, Facebook and Twitter were nowhere to be seen, and even basic features such as RSS were not popular. Drupal was one of the first software of its type to fully support RSS. Of course, among web browsers, Chrome, Firefox or Safari were yet to be born, and the internet was still being dominated by the likes of Internet Explorer and Opera.

Now that Drupal is trying to balance its target audience by focusing on the needs of both end users and enterprise users, it will be interesting to see how the future development roadmap of Drupal pans out. As more and more Content Management Systems focus on the integration of APIs for interacting with other services, Drupal too is adopting a similar path.

What do you think of Drupal as a CMS? Have you ever used it to build your websites? Share your views in the comments below!

Sufyan bin Uzayr is a writer, developer, and coffee-lover. He has authored several books and writes for various publications. You can learn more about his work at his website.

4 Comments

  1. Susan Rubinsky Reply

    Drupal is the industry standard for reliable, secure, robust websites. While the initial investment in programming may be more than other solutions, it pays for itself quickly due to it’s stability.

  2. Zhilevan Ibra Reply

    I am working with all Php CMS, I think Drupal is the most powerful of them, Drupal 8 convert himself to a good and robust CMSF ( content management system framework ).
    Congratulations Dries Buytaert.

  3. Pietro Reply

    I really would like to try and use Drupal. To test it. It seems to be the REAL CMS out there. But the lack of easy understanding tutorials about it in the net (like WordPress has) makes me continue to use WordPress for a long time because its simplicity to use.

  4. Hemang Rindani Reply

    Drupal is one of the most stable enterprise content management solutions from long that follows a modular, building blocks approach and provides opportunity for unlimited customization. The features like flexibility and scalability has helped developers a great deal to implement any complex project easily with Drupal. Though it requires certain programming experience, Drupal has done relatively good to improve the user experience. Drupal’s latest version has some significant changes that are mainly focused towards providing a better UX. One such feature is the inclusion of CKEditor that provides functionalities like word document to edit content. Another notable change is the addition of responsive image manager that scales an image to work well with any device. There are few other security enhancements as well making Drupal a first choice for CMS development companies.

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