Drupal is a free software package that allows you to easily organize, manage, and publish your website’s content, with an endless variety of customization tools and features.
Drupal is open source, which means that it's maintained and developed by a community of 630,000+ users and developers. This means:
- No proprietary licensing fees
- Flexible and customizable technology
- Resources for the Drupal code that far outweigh any custom-built CMS
- Years of widespread use and developer contributions
- Better security, with 180 state and federal government websites using Drupal, including www.whitehouse.gov
- Large install base and substantial, active development community.
Notable CMS features include:
- Many high-quality modules available for add-on capability including Google Analytics, mapping features, search functions, and more
- Support for multiple languages
- Easy drag-and-drop organization of content using menus, categories, and views
- Different permission settings for multiple users with easy disabling of access
Drupal is extremely well documented and very mature, having just announced its seventh major release. It has shown the capability to handle 50 million page views/month and 5,000 pages/ second. And it is easy to install and support, running on Windows or any LAMP (Linux, Apache, mySQL, PHP) system.
Other websites running on Drupal include:
- 180 federal and state agencies (http://groups.drupal.org/node/19885#USA)
- Sony Music
- Fast Company
- Grammy Awards