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Dries Buytaert- Founder and lead of the Drupal CMS

Drupal (pronounced /ˈdruːpəl/) is a free and open source Content Management System (CMS) written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License. It is used as a back-end system for many different types of websites, ranging from small personal blogs to Enterprise 2.0 collaboration and knowledge management uses to large corporate and political sites.

Dries Buytaert is an open-source software programmer and the founder and lead of the Drupal CMS.

Exerts from one his interview on how it started.

CC: Did you ever expect Drupal to get to the level of popularity it is at today?

DB: Not at all, I started all this as a hobby and quickly got out of hand. After I moved it to the public internet, I continued to build on it for over a year and added a lot of features. But, it continued to be an experimental platform to learn from and apply new web technologies such as RSS feeds and content and user rating.

I increased my experiments and development and drew the attention of an audience that was also interested in the future of the internet. This audience provided suggestions and was also active with state of the art web technologies and they increasingly began providing me with feedback. At a certain time the feedback took on such a level that I thought I should provide the engine to them so they could start there own experimenting and applying there own suggestions to it. This is how it got moved to Open Source, and also how the community started.

I must say though that I felt good making it available to the Open Source community. I had looked at other similar systems such as phpnuke but with my background in computer science I could really say that the architecture and design were much better. People were asking for modifications but I thought it was really well and worth of being seen, especially compared to other state of the art Content Management Systems written in PHP. So made available without too much expectations but it got the reputation after all. I of course continued to work hard on it.

Video interview of Dries Buytaert

I am very much impressed by their team efforts and determination to make a product available for free to everyone on the planet. I would ask you view Drier Buytaert's personal blog where he updates the companies that are adopting Drupal.

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Unknown said…
Thanks, more of a Joomla account but interesting to hear about Drupal
santoshputhran said…
Hello Robert,

I have used Wordpress, Joomla and Drupal and tested my concepts on which open source application would better when the website is popular and has more users.

I chose Drupal. The reasons Why I chose Drupal for over other open source apps, I have posted it on

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