Learn Drupal The Power Behind 4% of the Top 10k Websites

Drupal.com is a Content Management System (CMS) that allows for certain reusable components to be used for web content management. Like many stories, drupal.com began as the brainchild of, then college student, Dries Buytaert. At the time it was little more than a forum, a message board, for his friends to monitor their internet connectivity.

Drupal came about as the result of a typing error in the domain name search. It was originally supposed to be dorp, which is the Dutch word for village, but when Buytaert typed in drupal by mistake, he thought it would have more longevity. Drupal has grown since its original inception in the 1990's and is now used as part of over 4% of the Quantcast Top 10k websites. Some of these websites are blog sites, others are corporate, political or even government.

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Drupal has the Conference Organization Distribution (COD) function which allows websites to manage events, track attendees, schedule items, arrange ticket purchases and all of the other functions will allow for a conference or event to be successfully run. Events such as meetups as retreats can also be managed using drupal.com's COD function.

OpenID Connect is a method most regular internet users are accustomed too. When you log into a specific account, such as Google, Microsoft or Facebook and run multiple applications connected to each site, OpenID keeps you logged in. So when you go from Gmail to Google Calendar and your maps app, there is no need to log in each time.

Four different versions of the Drupal software are currently being utilized. As with different versions of IE and MS Office, each version has updates and functions which are unique to that version. As of the week of March 15th, 2015, 2,448 different websites were using the 5.x version. These numbers on a decline as more users are switching to the more current versions.

In this same week, 160,602 websites were using the version 6.x. Just as with the 5.x version, more websites are upgrading and updating to the newer version. The version 7.x is has increased from just under one million websites, to 1,011,595 websites which use the Drupal technology. The newest version 8.x has real potential to reach more websites than the 7.x version, but as of March 2015, 4,790 websites were using this most current version. All-in-all Drupal is the unseen force behind approximately 1,179,435 websites across the world. These numbers are just approximations as different countries have different procedures for reporting facts and figures.

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