Drupal and The Future of News

by Kurt Cagle

Is Drupal on your IT map yet? Chances are pretty good that either you are shaking your head vigorously in the affirmative, or you have no idea what I'm talking about. Drupal is an open source web content management system ... though this is actually a little like saying that a Jaguar is a car; it's true as far as it goes, but the description doesn't really do Drupal justice.

Drupal started out in 2000 as a community project in Belgium originally called Druppel. The creator, Dries Buytaert, planned originally on calling it Dorp (which means Village in Dutch), but he introduced a typo when filling out the domain registration, and liked the way that it sounded. The idea behind it was simple - build a CMS system that promoted the concept of community rather than simply being a way to store content. To do this, Drupal was build early on around the idea of content nodes (think of them as very simple documents with a title and body) and the heavy use of syndication.

11 Comments

ZipKid
2008-06-01 02:35:46
Hello,


Just a little correction.
Dries and Drupal are from Belgium, not The Netherlands.
The language here is indeed Dutch but we are a different country.
:-)


Stefan - ZipKid - Goethals.

Sjoerd Visscher
2008-06-01 03:17:24
You link to drupal.com, but that site gives a 404. I guess you meant drupal.org.
Kurt Cagle
2008-06-01 11:12:50
Hmmmm ... I should stop writing articles at 11:30pm.


Corrections made, and having been in both Belgium and the Netherlands, I should have been more sensitive to that.

Ric
2008-06-01 18:28:19
Kurt,
I also believe Drupal is one of the best CMS. However, for my blogs, I use WordPress. Why? Cuz it just works. Perhaps Drupal is more complex, so the install is harder. Even you had quite a few problems when you started using Drupal for xForms.Org Has it improved?
Another very sad thing: I GAVE Drupal.Com to Dries in hopes to further Drupal development. It saddens me to see it wasted and a 404 to boot make me very frustrated. I guess I should just stand back and believe that Dries know what he is doing.
Drupal-ista
2008-06-02 05:30:44
The whole area of semantic web and drupal is not really syndicated at this point . . but there is a semantic web group on drupal.org [http://groups.drupal.org/semantic-web] and sites like http://www.semanticsearch.org/ which discuss these issues.
Josh Koenig
2008-06-03 15:36:44
Kurt! Great to see you in print again! Without your expertise and invaluable contributions we probably wouldn't have gotten as far as we did back in aught-three. :)
Mike Scott
2008-06-06 10:15:22
The Eureka! Science News link is broken.
Kurt Cagle
2008-06-06 10:42:04
The eScience Link is fixed.
tensixteen
2008-06-10 16:38:46
Hi,
do you have any user's guide books that I can read up more on drupal?
Wim Mostrey
2008-08-06 06:04:42
A small correction as to where the name "Drupal" comes from. Dries indeed misspelled the word "dorp" but not as "drupal" (that would have been odd) but as "drop". Drop (as in: a drop of water) is translated to "druppel" in Dutch which a English speak would pronounce as "drupal". That is also where the Drupal icon comes from: it's a drop of water.


More information about Druplicon can be found here: http://drupal.org/druplicon.

Spiney Toad
2008-08-09 08:09:18
Just one small problem. Drupal has no decent themes. So all of this is moot because visitors don't like how Drupal looks.