Beginners Guide to Drupal: What is Drupal?

This is the first part in the Beginners Guide to Drupal series.

Are you new to Drupal and feel like learning Drupal is drowning you with too much information? If you are really interested in Drupal and want to work as a developer or as a Drupal site builder, you just need to know the direction of the learning path. If you have a background in web design, programming, or other tech, you'll probably beat a few minor roadblocks as you start picking up Drupal. And if you aren't a techie, there'll be many to learn.



What's so great about Drupal?

  • Drupal is the most powerful, flexible, open-source Content Management System (CMS) for entering and editing content, dynamically arranging data on the fly, and displaying it as pages.
  • It's for storing content (articles, basic page, and other content types) into a database, and flexibly arranging that content into web pages however you like.
  • It cleanly splits the site's structure and content from its graphic appearance, meaning either can be modified independently of the other.
  • Its tools for categorizing content, such as a system for keyword tagging, are among the best.
  • It lets you modify content types or create your own.
  • You can create menus and submenus which help your site users navigate around your website easily.
  • You can prepare a Drupal site with very basic functionality, or add features to it via thousands of building block-like modules.
  • It lets you take apart those who create the site, those who manage it, and those who add or edit content.
  • It has a users’ role management system: an extensive permission mechanism that lets you control which user roles can do what.
  • You can use any of the hundreds of user-contributed graphic themes, modify one of these to your liking, or develop your own from scratch.


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