This hour provides a brief overview of the various Drupals (the project, the websites, and the association) and what they mean to you. It also shows you some examples of Drupal in action and gives you an overall look at how Drupal works.
Wandering the Worlds of Drupal
Drupal is a Content Management System (CMS), a community of users, and an organization (The Drupal Association) that provides support for Drupal by providing marketing and conference support. The founder and president of Drupal is Dries Buytaert.
The Drupal website is www.drupal.org. It is your source for the latest information about Drupal, the downloadable code, contributed modules, and discussions. The home page is constantly updated with the latest news, as you can see in Figure 2.1.
Figure 2.1 Visit for the latest information.
You can create an account so that you can log in to the site. Certain functions of the site (such as posting comments) are restricted to registered users. All of this is handled by Drupal itself because, as you might expect, the site is powered by Drupal.
As you can see in Figure 2.2, a section of the site at groups.drupal.org contains information about events and job listings. You can join specific groups, which often relate to a geographic area or a particular industry.
Figure 2.2 Use to explore jobs and events.