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General information about Drupal

dynamic web site platform which allows an individual or community of
users to publish, manage and organize a variety of content, Drupal
integrates many popular features of content management systems,
weblogs, collaborative tools and discussion-based community software
into one easy-to-use package.

As an open source software project maintained and developed by a community, Drupal is free to download and use. If you like what you learn here, please work with us to expand and refine Drupal to suit your needs.

A wide range of site configurations

By enabling and configuring individual modules, an administrator
can design a unique site, one which can be used for a combination of
knowledge management, web publishing and community interaction
purposes. So that you can better understand the many possibilities, the
following list of features have been organized by common web platform

  • Content management. Via a simple, browser-based interface,
    members can publish to a number of available content modules: stories,
    blogs, polls, images, forums, downloads, etc. Administrators can choose
    from multiple theme templates or create their own to give the site a
    singular look and feel. The flexible classification system allows
    hierarchical classifications, cross-indexing of posts and multiple
    category sets for most content types. Access to content is controlled
    through administrator-defined user permission roles. Site pages can
    display posts by module type or categorized content, with separate RSS
    feeds available for each display type. Users can also keyword search
    the entire site.
  • Weblog. A single installation can be configured as an
    individual personal weblog site or multiple individual weblogs. Drupal
    supports the Blogger API, provides RSS feeds for each individual blog
    and can be set to ping weblog directories such as blo.gs and
    weblogs.com when new content is posted on the home page.
  • Discussion-based community. A Drupal site can act as a
    Slashdot-like news site and/or make use of a traditional discussion
    forum. Comment boards, attached to most content types, make it simple
    for members to discuss new posts. Administrators can control whether
    content and comments are posted without approval, with administrator
    approval or through community moderation. With the built-in news
    aggregator, communites can subscribe to and then discuss content from
    other sites.
  • Collaboration. Used for managing the construction of Drupal,
    the project module is suitable for supporting other open source
    software projects. The wiki-like collaborative book module includes
    versioning control, making it simple for a group to create, revise and
    maintain documentation or any other type of text.