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Drupal is a free software package that allows an individual or a community of users to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Tens of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power scores of different web sites, including Community web portals, Discussion sites, Corporate web sites, Intranet applications, Personal web sites or blogs, Aficionado sites, E-commerce applications, Resource directories, Social Networking sites.

Drupal is ready to go from the moment you download it. It even has an easy-to-use web installer! The built-in functionality, combined with dozens of freely available add-on modules, will enable features such as Content Management Systems, Blogs, Collaborative authoring environments, Forums, Peer-to-peer networking, Newsletters, Podcasting, Picture galleries, File uploads and downloads, and much more.

Drupal is open-source software distributed under the GPL ("GNU General Public License") and is maintained and developed by a community of thousands of users and developers. If you like what Drupal promises for you, please work with us to expand and refine Drupal to suit your specific needs.


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0JacobSteelsmith: "With the release of 5.1, Drupal seems to be one of the best CMSs out there. I have tried Typo, Joomla, Jaws and many others, but Drupal is simply the easiest to work with, has the most features and is by far the easiest to extend. There is no new template language to use, the administration area can be completely transparent, customizing just about anything is easily done with knowledge of PHP and there are more and more modules being released every day.<p>Many complain that you cannot easily make a "front page," but you can with this release. You could before as well, but this release makes it easier.&nbsp;</p><p>Try Drupal before committing to any CMS.&nbsp;</p><p>

--- (Edited on 3/19/2007 10:16 am [GMT-0500]  by  JacobSteelsmith) ---
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0EepĀ²: "I&#39;m trying Drupal (my first CMS) but I need something that can create extensive tables/matrices like my <a href="http://tnlc.com/eep/compare/table.html">3D game comparison table</a> (which has lots of colspan/rowspan attributes). Drupal&#39;s 3rd-party table modules (<em>Table Manager</em> and <em>Matrix</em>) fall short in creating dynamic tables. WebGUI (what this website uses) seems like it could handle my comparison table but, unfortunately, it requires a dedicated server and I&#39;m on shared hosting (and don&#39;t feel like paying $150/month for dedicated hosting).<p>Drupal also gets very confusing with its "node" terminology and trying to create content type fields of nodes within nodes within, er, nodes. Extensible, yes, but quite confusing. Other things like having to delete/recreate nodes in order to change the "machine-readable ID" is also annoying.</p><p>Drupal&#39;s website is also quite slow...</p><p>Overall, I wouldn&#39;t say Drupal is a beginner&#39;s CMS, unfortunately.&nbsp;</p><p>

--- (Edited on 7/5/2007 10:51 am [GMT-0700]  by  EepĀ²) ---
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0keesje76: "I agree, partly. Drupal is indeed not for you if you aren't a bit (php)code aware, you have to get your hands dirty. Drupal's initial learning curve is quite steep, also due to it's terminology.&nbsp;<p>Categorizing, for example, you do in a container called a <strong>taxonomy,</strong> using <strong>terms</strong>.</p><p>Everything you see, a form, a list, whatever, can be overridden by <strong>hooks</strong>. (=API for replacing existing code without altering the code itself.</p><p>Drupal stands out looooong way in technological sense with everything out there. Still it remains small in size, very clean coded, and not hard to understand compared to its capabilities.</p><p>If you want it simple, point'nd click, and don't expect to do technical/functional customisation, look somewhere else (Joomla f.e.)</p><p>You want (need) webbased power at your fingertips, and aren't afraid to learn new stuff, Drupal IS the way to go. Period.</p><p>Regards,</p><p>Kees</p><p>Qrios, <a href="http://www.qrios.nl" title="Drupal Development, expertise en advies">Drupal development</a>&nbsp;</p><p>

--- (Edited on 11/12/2007  1:18 pm [GMT-0600]  by  keesje76) ---
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0cmsreviews: "With the free Drupal module VIEWS version 2&nbsp;you can build very advance and powerful tables: <a href="http://drupal.org/project/views">http://drupal.org/project/views</a><p>The module VIEWS version 2 is easy to use. You don't need to be a programmer (code aware). Just clicking icons.&nbsp;See by yourself&nbsp;in this&nbsp;video: <a href="http://www.masteringdrupal.com/screencast/new-features-in-views2/play">http://www.masteringdrupal.com/screencast/new-features-in-views2/play</a></p><p>The interesting part starts in the middle of the video.</p><p>Various other solutions here: <a href="http://drupal.org/node/156567">http://drupal.org/node/156567</a><a href="http://drupal.org/node/146507"></a></p><p>

--- (Edited on 9/10/2008  8:05 pm [GMT-0500]  by  cmsreviews) ---
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0cmstester: "<a href="http://cmstester.com/drupal-62-review">http://cmstester.com/drupal-62-review</a><p>

--- (Edited on 7/4/2008  5:58 am [GMT-0500]  by  cmstester) ---
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0egressive: "The following are no longer accurate as of Drupal 6.14:
- UI Levels - should be "Yes" these are provided by role-based menuing, blocks, and other UI elements which appear based on a user's assigned roles. Users can be shown an arbitrarily simple interface, which can increase in complexity depending on which roles they are assigned by site administrators.
- Zip Archives - should be "Limited" - image import supports import of zip archives. Similarly, the node import module support import of structured content files (but, to my knowledge, does not transparently support compressed files).
- Workflow Engine - with the rules, actions, triggers, and other related modules, this should be "Free Add On". These modules provide an extraordinarily flexible workflow solution.
- Package Deployment - with the features, contexts, cck and views modules, this should at least be "Limited". I would say this could legitimately be "Free Add On".
- In/Out board - this can fairly trivially be achieved - without coding - using a user View. I would say "Free Add On"
- Graphs and Charts - the "charts_graphs" modules makes this a "Free Add On".

Contact me if you have any questions. "
0sly5: "SSL Logins and SSL Pages should be "Free Add On". This is add on fwiw and works great: http://drupal.org/node/65632"
0cchrisscoupe: "Please update its status!
Drupal is a very usefull cms.
Thanks in advance"
0marleo: "This Drupal page is very out of date and very misleading. Most of the "No" entries should now be "Yes". Apart from the user/root shell login ones, which are misleading, because the red colour implies it's a problem, when in fact it's a feature that you don't need them.

The lack of update, given the above attempts at correction, drastically lowers the value of this site."
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