FOSS Project Spotlight: Drupal – Linux JournalCMS
Drupal is a content management framework, and
it’s used to make many of the websites and applications you use every day.
Drupal has great standard features, easy content authoring, reliable
performance and excellent security. What sets Drupal apart is its flexibility;
modularity is one of its core principles. Its tools help you build the
versatile, structured content that ambitious web experiences need. With
Drupal, you can build almost any integrated experience you can imagine.
Drupal Is for Ambitious Digital Experiences
Dries Buytaert, founder of the project, provides
the vision for Drupal.
Managing content for ambitious projects that aim to transform digital
experiences for their organizations is what Drupal does best. Drupal goes
beyond browser-based websites and reaches all digital platforms to
provide a flexible, robust and innovative experience.
How to Get Started
Get started by downloading the
official Drupal core files and reading
Or you can try Drupal with
Or spin up the Umami
demonstration profile in Drupal core with a
service such as simplytest.me.
You can download many additional modules and themes from the
Figure 1. Umami Magazine Demo in Drupal Core
What’s in Drupal Core
The base Drupal download, known as Drupal Core, contains the PHP scripts
needed to run the basic content management functionality, several optional
Drupal 8’s core platform has more than 200 features built in. For an
up-to-date list of features, see Drupal.com.
Drupal 8.6.0 was the
most significant update to Drupal 8. Expect Drupal 9
to release in June 2020, and if you’re already using Drupal, it is expected
to be the easiest major version upgrade yet. For the most current
information on Drupal’s latest version, visit Drupal.org.
Why Use Drupal?
Developers can build complex digital experiences with Drupal thanks to the
updates in version 8. You can integrate with other systems, bring your
content anywhere and display it as you wish, because Drupal is API-first.
Translate and localize any component of the software to any of more than 100
languages. Drupal has a robust migration system and deployment
configuration between environments for ease across all instances of your
Marketing teams can publish complex content with ease using new content
- Improved video embed support.
- A new media library.
- A workspaces feature for enhanced workflow moderation.
- In-place editing.
Figure 2. The Media Library in Drupal 8.6
Figure 3. The Workspaces Module in Drupal 8.6
How to Get Involved
Visit the Community Portal to find your place and meet people who share
your interests. We’re working hard on media
workflows and a new
administration and authoring UI.
Figure 4. The Community Portal on Drupal.org
Anyone can get involved in Drupal. We’re seeking marketing expertise for
the Promote Drupal
Initiative, where we’re collaborating across the globe
to make materials that the community can use to show the power of Drupal to
There’s always a place to grow your mentorship skills, to contribute to
documentation and to get involved in community governance, growing local
communities and event organizing. All are welcome—explore more at