While studying at the University, Dries Buytaert and Hans Snijder began to explore wireless internet because they needed wireless connection they could rely on. They managed to set up a Local Area Network and also they made LAN project with a message board in order to communicate with each other. After graduating, Dries decided to transform this message board into a website. The website was named drop.org. Its code slowly evolved into Drupal as the name Drupal itself represents an English rendering of the Dutch word druppel, which means "drop" (as in a water droplet).


The versions


The year of the releasing of the platform was 2001. This was the year when 3 versions were made - Drupal 1, Drupal 2 and Drupal 3 and by the end of the same year there was also Drupal 3.0.2. When Drupal came out, there were already systems as PHP Nuke, Movable Type 1.00, Mambo, Typo3 (beta). Little later came out famous systems as Wordpress 0.7 and Joomla! 1.0.0.

Drupal 4 was released in 2003 and it took 4 years till Drupal 5 came out in 2007. 5.0 included a number of new features including more JavaScript, PHP, Form API, and CSS features for developers. A new, customizable web-based installer was released for the first time, making Drupal even easier to use. Also enhanced theming and user management was added. Drupal 6 was made one year after Drupal 5 and Drupal 7 was ready in 2011. Right now we use Drupal 8 which is the latest version and the most improved one. It was modified to answer to all the content management challenges we could possibly experience while creating our amazing and responsive websites nowadays.


The logo we know


Right after releasing the platform, it was essential for the branding to create unifying symbol. The logo's concept was to be based on the symbol of drop just like the name of the software. The first logos were like a drop in a circle till the community evolved the idea into the symbol we know now -  two sideways drops together to form an infinity symbol which are the eyes of the drop like face.


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The community


There were several initiatives, created alongside to support the platform and the community that uses Drupal. The Drupal Association has been growing with support from dedicated volunteers. The Association works with the Drupal community to curate the content, award grants, and scholarships, and organize community sprints during the DrupalCons. DrupalCons are conferences held in North America and Europe that each year break the records of visitors. The conferences are made to support the people who work with Drupal and gives them a chance to find partners and exchange inspirations and experiences in the field of Drupal. Drupal.org is the official website of Drupal and is also supported by the Drupal Association and the Drupal Community.


Since the very first release till now, Drupal has become an instrument of the forward-thinking tech people. The community made it a site-builder any developer can use and positioned it as one of the fastest developing platforms with a huge impact on the site building environment.

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Marina Savyovska
PR Expert at Trio Group, Community engagement specialist at Drupal Bulgaria, founder of EventsMedia.bg, passionate about events that bring people together and proactive person.
Tue, 02/06/2018 - 14:48