Drupal 7.14

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Category: CMS / Portals
Stable Release: 7.14
Started In: 2000
Updated: May 11 2012
Native Language: English
License: GNU General Public License (GPL)

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Drupal is open source software maintained and developed by a community of hundreds of thousands of users and developers. It's distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (or "GPL"), which means anyone is free to download it, share it with others, and contribute back to the project. This open development model means that people are constantly working to make sure Drupal is a cutting-edge platform that supports the latest technologies that the Web has to offer.

Drupal is a publishing platform created by our vibrant community and bursting with potential. Use as-is or snap in any of thousands of free designs and plug-ins for rapid site assembly. Developers love our well-documented APIs. Designers love our flexibility. Site administrators love our limitless scalability.

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Dec 8 2010, 3:01 am
I think a lot of the negative votes come from that Drupal is not Joomla.
With that I mean a brick that is ready to throw through the window. I also woulnd't really call Drupal a CMS, rather a framework. It does NOT come in a fire and forget mode right out of the box, you have to tinker with it - which gives Drupal unpresedented flexibility, but also comes with a steep learning curve. (and most of the users here give a max rating of 3 if they don't have a site in a working state within 30 minutes it seems.)
Dan AA
Dec 4 2010, 2:07 pm
I can't believe what I see here, so many people claiming that Drupal sites look less approaching, or that there are not enough templates, etc. I ask myself, does any of this "reviewers" build more than a single personal site? .
In real life, a graphic designer provides a design, the client approves it, and the web site has to respect the design to the last pixel. In general we start a Drupal template from scratch, so who cares about available templates, what is this concept of Drupal sites look this way or the other, a site has to respect the design regardless of the CMS behind it, Drupal , as many other CMS provides all the necessary tools to achieve that, if you can't achieve that then better hire someone skilled enough to do that. Claiming that on CMS site looks this way or the other is a scream to the world saying "I am not a developer !!". The discussion should be on performance, accessibility for the end user etc, but sure not about how a site looks like. A website is data, pure data, and a CMS is the tool to organize , edit and present that data to the world, the "look" is the least relevant factor, since it must be achieved in any case or with any CMS, so I choose Drupal, since I feel comfortable with the way it manages and pulls out the data with CCK, VIEWS, etc. To be honest, I used to work with Joomla quite a lot, the K2 component really fixed many of Joomla's main flaws, like ACL, section-category restriction, lack of flexibility for multiple templates overrides, custom fields, etc, but at a certain point, we had to touch the core to achieve what we wanted, I had too many conflicts between modules, plugins, libraries etc, so that was the point when we pulled out from it and carried on only with Drupal, and up to now, it does what we need.
Nov 28 2010, 1:00 pm
I am a big Drupal fan and I've been was very surprised about the award results giving Wordpress as best CMS in front of Drupal: http://www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home.
For sure Drupal was not far away from the first place (so i am not wrong of being a fan of it). But still, looks like the world is changing...

So I played a but around with Wordpress.
I've always been sceptical about it as it has been a blog platform. But Wordpress has changed a lot and believe me, one can now build excellent website with it.

Wordpress has over 12000 modules which is more than Drupal and Joomla together!

So next website will be built with Wordpress and I will be able to give a better feedback about the differences between both.

I can already say (but this is known by all drupalist) that the Wordpress admin interface is much better.
Performance seem also above what Drupal can deliver.

But I still want to see all my usual features before giving a definitive statement.
Don't like reinventing the wheel
Nov 17 2010, 10:16 am
Drupal seems to be a good stable CMS. Unfortunately, I am not a big fan of Drupal.Clients don't like the backend interface and I don't like reinventing the wheel.
Oct 29 2010, 8:21 pm
Theming in Drupal is easy. You can create a theme from scratch in no time. If you have already a site, porting your HTML/CSS look and feel is even easier.
For those who want to create their own professional theme, Drupal has a unique concept called "base" or "starter" theme that allows you to cut significantly development time in creating your subtheme.

One favorite base theme is Adaptivetheme, http://drupal.org/project/adaptivetheme, because it is focussed on accessibility and standards. Adaptivetheme for Drupal 7 is now HTML5! Adaptivetheme has many cool subthemes developed for it, one of them is the Mobile theme.

I find it easy to develop from â??scratchâ? with Adaptivetheme. It is easy to port your existing HTML / CSS to Adaptivetheme. If you have already a site, it is easy to map your design, HTML and CSS to Adaptivetheme, and port it with little change.
Oct 25 2010, 4:21 pm
@Michael: Looks like you newer learn drupal, or you are a themer with very little knowledge of drupal, theme layer, api, fapi or hooks...
When you learn drupal, you newer turn to joomla or other cms because you then know the drupal is superior.
Vary bad for several years of using, if you really use it.
Oct 4 2010, 3:57 am
Wonderful CMS this CMS :) Drupal is very strongly working and very secured CMS Script. Thanks you very much for this programming! I am using in my web site.
Oct 3 2010, 1:52 pm
@JohnW, if you look to something at the level of ModX try Expression Engine (EE).
This is by far the best CMS I have ever used. And I've tried many.
Support is excellent, documentation is firstrate.
OK, some will point that EE is open source but you have to pay for it.
Personnally I do not mind to pay for it takes away days of headake, hacking and re-coding you will hav with the other CMS.
For those who want free CMS, ModX is certainly the best one, but with poor documentation.

OK, this is a Drupal section so I will leave a note for that CMS.
It is not bad. What is annoying is that you have to install so many modules before having some decent features.
Drupal 7 will be a bit different in that some modules will be part of the core.
I gave it a try (alpha version). On the core side it is much better than Drupal 6.x.
But I was shocked to see how slow it is.
I hope these guys will improve that.

But I would not compare ModX or EE to Drupal: these are completely other stuff. And I like them.
Oct 1 2010, 3:15 pm
@John, I used Joomla and I used drupal. I don't like both of them. But if you think Joomla is bedroom class, then you can put Drupal in the same bedroom.

These 2 CMS are heavy, very heavy and slow. Both of them.
I installed 4 CMS on same server : Drupal, Joomla, Contao and ModX.
I added modules so that all 4 CMS very equally featured with features like blog, picture gallery, forum, editor, audio.
Drupal and Joomla were the big looser.

You can do and re-do the test as often you want : these 2 elephants will never make it.

Personnally I find them old.
But I know, some people like them.
Oct 1 2010, 12:44 pm
Ugh, I looked at typo3, it is complicated...and I've been programming 22 years, the last 12 LAMP.

Not to mention having to learn a proprietary scripting language in typo3?

Drupal seems to be straight forward. And the most important thing, once I develop a site for a client, the end-user should have no trouble adding content. The only downside, and I've seen this in nearly every canned CMS, is that when creating new articles, image/rich media management seems to be lacking, or non-existant.

Creating wordpress templates looks messy, joomla too.

I think at this point I'm jumping into Drupal for a personal project, and if I like it use it on future client sites.

I'm really tired of building custom back-end cms systems for different sites. If this doesn't pan out, then I may just switch to a php framework and use ModX (modx btw looks really cool, but the documentation is seriously lacking).
Sep 23 2010, 4:50 pm
Some of you might be quite surprised. Drupal is Industry standard when it comes to CMS. Joomla is bedroom standard. If you spend the time to learn it you'll only do good to yourselfs :)
Sep 23 2010, 1:58 pm
Drupal is an oldtimer. Not bad, fully featured. But you find better stuff around. Faster, better flexibility with all needed features.

I don't know what is meant with new generation of CMS, but go for Contao (excellent), apprain, silverstripe, etc.
Sep 21 2010, 3:43 am
Drupal is like Joomla or phpnuke a old things, you could do everything you would with lot off programming with PHP, but still a old framework.

I like better Typo3 , this going forward with technology and give you the essential time to dev your own application , without lost lot off time time and money to create the design and integrate it.

For me Drupal is just the second generation from phpnuke , more open but still builded with old technology...
Sep 17 2010, 5:29 pm
We think Drupal works ok for beginners. The sites look very amaturish unless you put many many hours in. We prefer Joomla for a more professional looking site.
Sep 16 2010, 10:57 am
Michael, what are you talking about? "The new generation of CMS have most of above mentionned features (and much more) in core. This mean by each new release, all these feature are up-to-date: you avoid the Drupal nightmare."

First, I don't want new generation CMS to take decisions for what I use! I want to use whichever image gallery, WYSIWYG and SEO functionality I like. If new generation CMS means you're stuck with modules you might not like then obviously, they're not for the ones who like to customise everything.

Lastly, Drupal also puts good modules in core with every subsequent version. Just an example: Drupal 7 has CCK (fields) and Views in core.