Importance of Drupal as open source content management framework

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Drupal is yet another open source content management system that utilizes PHP. It is distributed under GNU General Public license. Around 2.1% of all the websites present in the World Wide Web use Drupal as the backend system. The content management framework is utilized for corporate, government, political and personal blogs. The framework is also being used to share and expand knowledge management between various businesses that strengthens the collaboration.

The stable release is known as Drupal core. The content management framework consists of all the features that is essential to maintain a blogging community. Features include account registration, menu management, page layout customization, RSS feed and maintenance. System Administration is also provided and can be assigned according to the user preferences.

Drupal can be used as a single, multi user blogging platform or as an Internet forum. There are number of modules available in the market that can be used with Drupal core in order to build number of applications. These applications are usually developed by loppers take into account the enhancement and features necessary for a website or for a particular action. As on September 2012, there are about 18,200 modules are available that can be extended with Drupal core to add, customize, edit appearance and behavior. This feature rich option has made it possible for Drupal to be known as content management framework.

Another advantage Drupal content management framework offers to the user is that a user without prior knowledge to programming can also build a website and install the same. It also offers sophisticated programming interface for experienced developers. Hence, users can choose the framework according to their ease of operation. The platform is mainly run on computing platform that has the ability to support a database and a web server. This has helped Drupal build a system that has the capability to store enormous content. The latest version of Drupal is 7.17 and requires PHP 5.2.5 version for stable function.

Drupal core provides opportunity for website builders to contribute to the content either anonymously or by registering with the website. The same content is made available to visitors of the website by various selectable criteria options. It also uses taxonomy system that helps organize the content in the website using keywords or by tagging to gain easy access. Themes provided by true pal are customizable and can be changed from time to time for enhancement of physical appearance of a website.