What is Drupal?

Drupal is a free, open-source web development platform that is used to run millions of websites, including some of the busiest sites on the web today. Many of them are in the Greater Los Angeles Area, including The Hollywood Reporter, Caltech.edu, UCLA.edu, ICANN.org, DiscoverLosAngeles.com, and LegalZoom.com.

Drupal is Open Source

Maintained and developed by a worldwide community of developers, Drupal is distributed under the GNU General Public License (or "GPL"), which means it can be downloaded and shared by anyone without license or maintenance fees.

With this open development model, people are constantly working to make sure Drupal is a cutting-edge platform that uses the best practices and supports the latest web technologies. Everyone who uses Drupal benefits from this worldwide workforce that makes Drupal better every day.

Drupal is a Web Framework

One of the principles of Drupal's software design is modularity and it has powerful system of plug-ins, or "modules", that extend Drupal's core content- and user-management features. Thousands of modules are available for nearly any project requirement and it's often possible to create features for a website without writing any extra code. When the need arises for a module that doesn't exist, Drupal's programming interface make it possible for us to create custom modules for each project.

Drupal is a Content Management System

Of course, Drupal has a built-in Content Management System (CMS) that's ready to go right out of the box. The modules that Drupal provides include the tools to create a basic but complete website with images, polls, articles, blog posts, and more.

Drupal also comes with a powerful revision system to track and roll back content changes that is paralleled only by wiki software like MediaWiki, which is used for big encyclopedias like Wikipedia.

Drupal is Everywhere

Not only can Drupal be customized to match any visual design, it can display content for any device, whether it's mobile, desktop, tablet or the next big thing. The developers and service firms in our community have the ability and experience to build Drupal websites and create the mobile apps that integrate with them, providing the best of all worlds.

Drupal is a Community

The Drupal software project is a direct expression of the developer community that maintains and develops it and Drupal wouldn't be where it is today without the steady flow of meetups, conferences and other events that happen at the local, national and international levels.

The Greater Los Angeles Drupal user group is one of the most active Drupal user groups in the world and our members and organizers have produced hundreds of Drupal events, including job fairs, meetups and workshops, conferences, paid trainings, coworking days, study group sessions, movie outings, free tutoring sessions from Drupal professionals, and website barnraisings to benefit non-profits and members of our community.

Drupal is Secure

The Drupal software project is unique in that it's the only mainstream Web Framework and Content Management System with its own dedicated security team.

This team of specialists has an excellent track record of working with developers and releasing security advisories and software updates for both Drupal core and 3rd-party (or "contributed") software projects, including Drupal themes and modules.

Drupal is at Drupal.org

For more information about Drupal, see http://drupal.org/about and the Drupal.LA community website at https://drupal.la  

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