What is Drupal?

Drupal is a free and open-source platform for developing amazing digital experiences. It's built by a dedicated community of software and web developers. Anyone can use it. Drupal presents a back-end framework that powers at least 2.3 percent of all the websites that are available worldwide starting from personal blogs to political, corporate, and government websites. businesses and organizations also use Drupal for knowledge management and business collaboration.

As of March 2019, the Drupal community is made up of more than 1.37 million members, which includes 114,000 users that are actively contributing to the community and project, therefore resulting in more than 42,650 free software modules that customize and extend Drupal functionality, over 2,750 free themes that modify the looks and feel of Drupal, and at least 1,270 free distributions that lets the users to easily and quickly set up a complex, use-specific Drupal in fewer steps and time.

The standard release of Drupal, which is known as Drupal core, is made up of basic features that are common to content-management systems. These features include user account registration and maintenance, RSS feeds, menu management, page layout customization, taxonomy, and system administration. The Drupal core installation can work as a simple website,  an Internet forum, a single- or multi-user blog, or a community website that provides user-generated content.

Drupal is also described as a Web application development framework. When compared with other notable frameworks Drupal reaches most of the generally accepted feature requirements for such web frameworks. Although Drupal presents a more advanced and sophisticated API for software developers, basic Web-site installation and administration of the framework need no programming skills. Drupal can run on any computing platform that offers support for both a web server capable of running PHP and a database to manage and contents and configurations.

In the Drupal community, the word "CORE" refers to the codebase that is collaboratively built that can be extended through several third party contributory modules and for versions that were released before Drupal 8 it is kept outside of the "sites" folder of a Drupal installation. Drupal core is the base element of the Drupal framework. Bootstrap and other Common libraries are defined as Drupal core and all other features and functionalities are defined as Drupal modules including the system module on its own.

Features of Drupal

There are many features of Drupal, and some of them are:

1. Drupal 8 comes with a new theme engine.

2. Drupal presents you with a mobile-first approach from the go

3. Drupal presents you with more HTML5 power.

4. Drupal allows you to manage your configuration files easily.

5. Drupal allows for easy web authoring.

6. Quick Edits

7. In Drupal 8, views are now part of the core.

8. Drupal offers better support for accessibility.

9. Drupal comes with web services built-in.

10. Drupal comes with a galore of fields.

11.Guided Tour

12. Faster loading speed of web pages.

13. Drupal implements Industry Standards from start.

Benefit of Drupal

There are many benefits and advantages of using Drupal as your content management system or web design tool and some of them are:

1. Drupal is very flexible and can be used to create a variety of apps.

2. Drupal is very customizable.

3. Drupal sites are highly scalable and can be further extended with third-party software.

4. Drupal has a wide community of developers that develop and manage third-party modules.

5. Security with Drupal is implemented from the start so your web app would be very secure from most web attacks and vulnerabilities.

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