Help needed: what is Drupal?

In my upcoming DrupalCon keynote, I'd like to talk a bit about "What is Drupal?". It means something different for all of us. As an experiment, I'd love for each of you to describe, in one short sentence, what Drupal is for you. It would be great if you did a short 10-15 second video, but you can also leave a comment on this post. Be honest, be smart, be funny or wicked creative ... all submissions welcome!

When you do, please leave your name and role (developer, designer, end-user, etc) so I can give credit where credit is due. Fill out the e-mail field and I may follow up with you for additional comments. Please keep it short and succinct. The more submissions the better, so help spread the word and invite others to participate. Maybe even hit the streets with a camera and ask a few random people "What is Drupal?". All help and all submissions welcome.

(Don't worry if you don't see your comment right away. I might leave your feedback sitting in my comment moderation queue for a bit so you don't influence each other too much.)

Comments

brunodbo (not verified):

Drupal is love (=^_^=) - and a life changer.

February 25, 2011
Imbayi (not verified):

Drupal is this "thingy" that allows you to:

  • Design and deploy an unlimited variety of web applications.
  • Reap the best in content management.
  • Unleash the potential of other web technologies.
  • Participate in an amazing tech community.
  • Arouse the "KISS" principle and
  • Live happily with yourself.
February 25, 2011
Luc (not verified):

Hi Dries,
I saw your tweet, so I'm coming to help.
I am French, so I suggest the french way:
"Drupal is a powerfull tool to built flexible websites but Drupal is like red wine. The time makes it better, and Drupal is already 10 years old." :D
Good luck Dries.

Luc Bezier
developer

February 25, 2011
George Baev (not verified):

"Drupal" in one sentence: The shoulder's giant to step on.

February 25, 2011
Anonymous (not verified):

THE website building system for everyone to create every possible website you can imagine ... and it's FREE!

:-)

I am a "hobby" website builder who understands CSS and just enough PHP to be dangerous. Even though, when coupled with the right modules Drupal has enabled me to build various pretty awesome websites without having to "program" anything.

Bedankt Dries!

February 25, 2011
Roy (not verified):

Role:developer
A key to my successful marriage (to feed my family, buy things) and even keep wife anger at bay for my continues over time work hours with her own website to play (no, we don't like facebook)

February 25, 2011
Alan Burke (not verified):

Drupal is a symbiotic relationship between Code & Community, and Drupal wouldn't be a fraction as powerful without that synergy.

Breaking it down further, the same relationship exists within 'Code': 'Core' & 'Contrib'.
And within 'Community' : 'People'(contributors) and 'Place' (drupal.org).

For Drupal to progress and thrive, all 4 parts must move together.

[Insert fancy graphic by Saman Bemel Benrud here

February 25, 2011
Thomas Svenson (not verified):

Drupal for me is: "The foundation to create greatness from - Including building websites, meeting/working with brilliant people or just brainstorming ideas - its all there!"

/thomas
A bit of everything

February 25, 2011
Kevin O'leary (not verified):

From my son Terrence, age 8 "Drupal is cool, you can make a website just-like-that!"

February 25, 2011
David Thorne (not verified):

Drupal is freedom to be able to create sites how I want, when I want, where I want. Drupal is a well supported and well thought of CMS used by governments, NGOs and major corporations worldwide. Drupal is more than just a way of building a site - it's our way of building a site...

(Or for those feeling like cheating on a tag line a little) There are some sites I can't build, for everything else there's Drupal...

February 25, 2011
Ben (not verified):

Drupal is an open source content management system; A highly extensible framework allowing you to build almost any kind of data-driven website, supported by a creative and demanding community.

February 25, 2011
drupaltronic (not verified):

Drupal is a versatile & rocksolid CMS system that works great in the background while I'm busy working on creating drupalthemes.

Drupal themer-Antwerp-Belgium

February 25, 2011
Andy Pemberton (not verified):

Better than a lot of vendor Web Content Management products.

February 25, 2011
lee20 (not verified):

Drupal is my viagra. I need it to get laid. LOL

February 25, 2011
lee20 (not verified):

On a more serious note...

Drupal provides me, and many other people, an opportunity to create robust applications without having to know every detail about the framework and it's functions.

As a developer, I use Drupal for three reasons;
1) The fabulous modular hook system that promotes code reuse
2) The awesome documentation, support, and modules provided by the community.
3) Drupal is in demand. It has become my niche and it has been much easier to find Drupal work than when I previously carried a broader label of PHP developer.

Drupal has certainly changed my life and has elevated me to a more professional career.

February 27, 2011
A.K. (not verified):

"Drupal is the lifeline of my website."

February 25, 2011
Salocin.TEN (not verified):

Drupal is "the great and powerful wizard" for data driven Web applications!

February 25, 2011
yoodey (not verified):

For me, Drupal is money generator!

February 25, 2011
wckd (not verified):

fantastic :-)

February 25, 2011
Social Contxt (not verified):

It's not just a CMS, it's a way of life!

February 25, 2011
Susanna (not verified):

Drupal is a way to make a living. (I'm a developer, mainly specializing in theming)

February 25, 2011
Rick Burgess (not verified):

Drupal is a my work, my life, my love :p oh and a wicked open source web platform.

February 25, 2011
Anonymous (not verified):

To me, Drupal is pain, suffering, loathing, frustration and easily the worst part of my job.

February 25, 2011
ytin (not verified):

I am a Drupal developer who helps small startups and non-profits and I have seen Drupal being used in huge projects so for me

"Drupal is a glove that fits all sizes".

February 25, 2011
Adam Elleston (not verified):

Drupal to me as a developer is...

The Swiss army Knife of content management systems. Lots of sharp edges to hurt yourself on but lots of uses and great once you know how to use it.

February 25, 2011
Anonymous (not verified):

Drupal is an awesome framework with which I can build almost anything dreamable online.

February 25, 2011
Jamie (not verified):

Drupal is usually a dream with a happy ending but occasionally a nightmare

Jamie
Module Maintainer + Developer + End-User

February 25, 2011
Victor Kareh (not verified):

Drupal is the idea that we can all work together towards a greater good, have fun doing it, and profit from it. Sounds too good to be true, yet it is true.

February 25, 2011
Roy (not verified):

For me, Drupal is an outstanding platform with a great community that lets me, as a PHP developer, do just about anything I want without having to reinvent the wheel with each new project.

February 25, 2011
Jamie (not verified):

an addiction that is ruining my marriage :)

Serious answer - A hobby but at the same time developing something that is helpful in my job....

February 25, 2011
Davi Kindlein Romio (not verified):

Sistema inteligente(que pode crescer quase indefinidamente), facilitou muito meu trabalho na web.

February 25, 2011
Matt Gooding (not verified):

Drupal is anything I want it to be.

February 25, 2011
dddave (not verified):

The way I spent my days; either busy or procrastinating.

February 25, 2011
dougvann (not verified):

Drupal is the best career choice I have ever made!

February 25, 2011
Stéphane Bordage (not verified):

Drupal is love. Because all you need is Drupal. The Beatles would be proud of you Dries !

February 25, 2011
Anonymous (not verified):

Drupal is for me a turning point in my life. Gave me the chance to teach myself (for free) and get a job back on the web development market. grateful for it.

February 25, 2011
Vinny Poliseno (not verified):

Vinny Poliseno
Web Marketing Manager

What is Drupal to me?
Drupal lets me leverage my developers, designers, and marketing generalist to make us all look like Web Gurus.

February 25, 2011
Brad Muncs, pre... (not verified):

The possibilities of the web are infinite, but unfocused. To create form out of the void, Drupal is the next best thing to using the force!

- Brad, president
Symetris.ca, web development specialists

February 25, 2011
Paul Poetsma (not verified):

A long time buddy

February 25, 2011
Reid Magney (not verified):

Drupal is the answer to my prayers for an elegant yet inexpensive website for my state government agency.

I'm a public information officer/web developer for the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

February 25, 2011
Brock (not verified):

Drupal is my towel! Don't forget your towel!

February 25, 2011
Anoop John (not verified):

For me Drupal is the perfect mold that allows me to build anything from the simplest of websites to the most complex of websites. I can build GMail with Drupal, that is my quote to my customers.

February 25, 2011
Frans van der Meer (not verified):

Drupal? sounds like a STD from Belgium...

Frans van der Meer
Drupal Developer (from Rotterdam, NL with love!)

February 25, 2011
cyberswat (not verified):

A life changing experience that helps me realize my passion of providing tools to bridge geographical, language and cultural barriers.

February 25, 2011
Gert (not verified):

Ok; here's two

* Drupal is so far the only human compatible CMS

I put Wordpress under blogging software, not with CMS - though I do admit its rather a subcategory..

* Drupal is the only CMS I dared to have my aunt administer

Also

* Drupal is the aspirin to your "challenged site admin" headache

February 25, 2011
Tammo ter Hark (not verified):

To me Drupal was firstly our first step into entrepreneurship after 22 years of working for several companies. Being a non-programmer (I am a project manager with a design background) Drupal turned out to be a tool with a very steep but enormously rewarding learning curve.

This year we (me and my colleague) decided to deploy Drupal for our main product, a work flow tool for therapists in youth care all over the world. We are confident that this will give us more flexibility in providing solutions to our customers.

February 25, 2011
Aftab Alam (not verified):

Developer/Designer

...."most powerful content communicator"

February 25, 2011
Luis (not verified):

Drupal is a Job, a Passion, an Adventure, a hobby and is as jealous as a Girlfriend. I don't know what I was doing before Drupal but it certainly changed my life. Thanks to all.

I'm a developer, a themer, a user.

February 25, 2011
Anonymous (not verified):

I'm a designer, no programming knowledge. When the programmer I work with explained me some essentials of Drupal I made the remark that Drupal actually has he potential of an operating system, and he seemed not to disagree. In the meantime we have a big database running in Drupal 4 since 2005 without any problems. So to me, Drupal means reliability and potential.

February 25, 2011
Speaking IT Canada (not verified):

Drupal makes me look like a smart web developer! All those modules make my life awesome!

February 25, 2011
Paul Martin (not verified):

Drupal is a quantum head start when building websites that must have excellent user experiences.

Designer

February 25, 2011
Bill Lokey (not verified):

Drupal is: that geeky girl in the movies who is crazy sexy when she takes off the glasses.

February 25, 2011
Trevor Twining (not verified):

I like that one!

March 11, 2011
Jeremy Ashcraft (not verified):

developer - drupal is my platform of choice

February 25, 2011
sutch (not verified):

Drupal is a full-featured, highly configurable platform and a large open source community which can be leveraged to build modern web applications.

February 25, 2011
paris (not verified):

Drupal is one of the few things that give purpose to my life:)
Develop stuff that will help other people and GPL it!
Keep sharing ^^

paris,fresh developer,beginner

February 25, 2011
Paul Hickman (not verified):

Drupal is my best friend and my worst enemy, its flexibility is both ingenious and extremely frustrating, but the ability to put a corporate quality solution in the hands of a small business, at a competitive price is simply brilliant!

February 25, 2011
Orkut Murat Yılmaz (not verified):

A beautiful instrument that gives me chance to rock science, politics & marketing communities.

February 25, 2011
Bramface (D.O) (not verified):

Drupal is "Harold's Purple Crayon" (a childrens book where whatever Harold draws comes to life).

Knowing the modules helps me envision what can be built; having the modules and API allows me to build it very quickly and cheaply.

I work with schools to create online learning environments on the fly to support projects. This is different than creating commercial instructional designs, which involve a great deal more planning and development time and generate income. Without Drupal, everyone would need to use Moodle or Ning or another prefigured intranet, and social learning would be constrained by these tools.

Without Drupal, the desks are screwed to the floor, facing front.

February 25, 2011
Heshan (not verified):

I'm a drupal developer and running a small company in Sri Lanka now. When I was at the university Drupal was my universe, I learned a lot of new stuff in coding, hacking to be the smart guy at the uni at that time :o). Drupal is a university and I'm still learning stuff and everyone in globe too.

February 25, 2011
Roger Goode (not verified):

Drupal means I can say "yes, I can do that" to my clients.

February 25, 2011
Nazrul Kamaruddin (not verified):

The way I would drive this is to always tell people that Drupal is no longer a CMS. It has way past that point. It's a framework. A complete framework with the ability to build crazy complex applications that is useful to any industry and all kinds of businesses. Right from the start of installation, Drupal already fulfill the basic needs; login, registration and most importantly, the hooks to grow the system beyond than what it is. I see that capability & potential. It's so much more than meets the eye.

Drupal is a drug. A good one that is :D

February 25, 2011
Ayham Alsuleman (not verified):

Drupal is the most amazing system in the world. It`s not just CMS or CMF ,It`s really new generation of web development.
Ayham Alsuleman
Drupal Developer

February 25, 2011
Matt Robison (not verified):

A tool for getting things done quickly...but with quality.

February 25, 2011
Matt Robison (not verified):

A tool for getting things done quickly...but with quality.

February 25, 2011
Johan Beckers (not verified):

"What is Drupal?"
..... Listen to my breathe .... listen to my heartbeat ....
(see that cardiogram going up and down, up and down, with a little Drupal face on it!!)

Drupal is my .... life !!!!!
I breath it, i eat it, I sleep with it ... .

I develop for customers, I design for clients, I speak Drupal lingo to my wife.
Help .... My wife is starting with Drupal for her own site.
My kids want a Drupal bike and a sticker for school :)
Hence, the school website is in Drupal.

Shit, my whole life is Drupal!! :) :) :)

February 25, 2011
Matt Kroll (not verified):

Drupal is the platform that will re-unite the Open-Source community and be the foundation for all content-driven web properties from here on out.

February 25, 2011
Miquel Carol (not verified):

Drupal is the most powerful and flexible platform that i ever seen in PHP to make applications and bussiness solutions online.

Thx Dries,to maintain it in Open Source mode. ;)

February 25, 2011
Rick van Nierop (not verified):

Drupal changed my life! I worked for a secondment company as a PHP developer. One of the clients wanted me and another collegue to build a community website for the Dutch fashion industry. But it had to be build in 2 months. And actualy they asked me to build it using their own , not completed, PHP development framework. So me and my collegue scratched behind our ears. We tought, they are asking us to build a CMS for them, in 2 months. Why reinvent the wheele, we neem some sort of CMS builder. So we did some investigation and found a couple of CMS frameworks. We wrote down the pros and cons of all the CMS frameworks incl. building their CMS from scratch using their php development framework. The large community, number of modules, references and our enthausiasm as developers, made them to choose Drupal. With succes, we build what they wanted while we learned all the facets of Drupal. Offcourse we missed a lot of usefull functionality, but the customer got what we want, and we as developers got the extremely useful knowledge and experience of using Drupal. For the restyle of the website they asked us again and there we could use all of the new knowledge that came to us during and after the first project. (indemode.nu) So for me the power of Drupal is the low barrier you need to pass before enjoying it's power, the large community/module repository and the open source and open minded ambience of Drupal. Thank you for starting it, it made me a far more valueble professional! Ik bedenk me trouwens net dat ik dit ook gewoon in het Nederlands had kunnen typen, aangezien je oorspronkelijk uit België komt :)

February 25, 2011
Vadim Mirgorod ... (not verified):

You share a little, you get a lot - this is Drupal!

February 25, 2011
gjh (not verified):

I've been a software engineer for over 30 years. I've done development on the entire stack. So, I'm a tad cynical most of the time when it comes to any technology that promises as much as Drupal does. Drupal is on my very short list of technology phenomenons that over deliver on real world application problem solving. If you build web apps, do not start a new project without looking at Drupal first! Great job Dries.

February 25, 2011
Mike (not verified):

Drupal is a rapid application development framework that allows me to quickly build a full-featured, user-driven website.

February 25, 2011
Mark West (not verified):

Drupal for me is a short-cut to success.

February 25, 2011
T.J. (not verified):

Drupal is a content management system/web application framework that has yet to choose between end users and developers as its primary audience.

February 25, 2011
Raffi Hovhannesian (not verified):

A lifestyle.. In fact I have a company now providing only drupal theming services

February 25, 2011
Gabriel Ungureanu (not verified):

Drupal is a funny way to work. It's unbelievable what a great community is there for such a powerful tool, which would normally attract many 'treasure' hunters.

I love Drupal and I'm proud to be part of the movement.

February 25, 2011
Anonymous (not verified):

To me Drupal Drupal means freedom - free to express yourself through creativity and business. Freedom to blaze your own trail making cool stuff. Look at our community and what do you see? A bunch of free souls who are blazing a trail of total coolness using Drupal.

February 25, 2011
Andy Thornton (not verified):

Drupal is the most fun I have had with web development and I make a decent living out of it too.

February 25, 2011
Johnny van de Laar (not verified):

I'm a developer at Internet Unlimited, a dutch Drupal Web development agency.

Drupal is the tool I use every day to realize our dreams as a team. Drupal is also the reason I occasionally have nightmares because it's sometimes difficult to make it do what I want. Bottom line... Drupal is part of my days and my nights.

February 25, 2011
Hadi Farnoud (not verified):

to me Drupal is a language which is very easy to learn! I can speak web fluently now.

February 25, 2011
Frederik Wouters (not verified):

If yoomla is playmobil, wordpresses are barbies,
Drupal is lego but you can customize all the blocks.

February 25, 2011
Jason Flatt (not verified):

I can name that answer in two words: opportunity and community.

I am a developer. My d.o username is oadaeh. My d.o profile is http://drupal.org/user/4649. I created these projects: Basic webmail, Contact attach, Courier MTA and Stock chart. I additionally maintain these projects: Checkmail and Mass Contact.

February 25, 2011
chos (not verified):

I think that Drupal is a framwork with a CMS.

February 25, 2011
Tobby Hagler (not verified):

Drupal is a development framework with a UI for non-developers.

February 25, 2011
Rambabu Katta (not verified):

D R U P A L - Develop Rich, Ultra Portals in All Languages

February 25, 2011
Nitesh Singh (not verified):

Sir people get trained on your Drupal and doing jobs in many organization just becoz u made the strongest CMS. Drupal changes the era of Web Development.So robust and flexible. :)

February 25, 2011
David Hadaller (not verified):

Drupal to me is a well-built web framework supported by the most awesome community.

February 25, 2011
Dustin Boeger (not verified):

roles = end user, themer, site builder

Drupal is a life in a microcosm; wonder, excitement, opportunity, frustration, growth, satisfaction, and community.

February 25, 2011
Jesse Gifford (not verified):

Drupal is:
Dynamic
Reusable
Ubiquitous
Powerful
Adaptable
Legendary

Role - Developer

February 25, 2011
Svilen Sabev - Dev (not verified):

I am Drupal addicted.

February 25, 2011
Vivek Khurana (not verified):

In a single line, Drupal to me means "past its expiry date".

February 25, 2011
Jordan (not verified):

Drupal is the Anita Pallenberg to my Keith Richards. I love/hate/need/fear it. There's beauty in its complexity, baby.

(Jordan Yerman, site administrator, content manager, devteam liaison for nowpublic.com)

February 25, 2011
Douglas Muth (not verified):

Drupal helped my friends fight off crooked politicians and saved their businesses.

My role: Software Engineer
The site in question: http://www.SaveArdmoreCoalition.org/

February 25, 2011
Anonymous (not verified):

Drupal is the framework I launch my mind in the web with.

February 25, 2011
Jason Rambeck (not verified):

Unlimited power for the web designer.

February 25, 2011
Kristen (not verified):

Drupal is the hot sauce on top of PHP to make your website taste extra spicy. Ha!

February 25, 2011
Kristen (not verified):

Drupal is my paycheck. (Seriously, I've been doing nothing but Drupal gigs for almost 7 years.)

February 25, 2011
Matt Gooding (not verified):

Drupal is anything I want it to be. Drupal is EVERYTHING I want it to be.

February 25, 2011
Kevin Hayes (not verified):

Drupal is an all-in-one web application development platform that enables our low-budget non-profit to leverage volunteer effort and create a world-class set of tools to advance our mission on the web and internally.

February 25, 2011
Lev Tsypin (not verified):

Drupal is a tool that lets me earn a great living, be part of a vibrant community, and provide tremendous value to the organizations I help. From this perspective, talk of a technical architecture and programming theory seems trivial.

February 25, 2011
Karol Pokojowczyk (not verified):

Drupal to us is like Finder on Mac or Windows Explorer on a PC. It is the place where we start the development of each and every project.

February 25, 2011
Ivo Radulovski (not verified):

Drupal is to me the most amazing Eco-System!

I have fun when working with Drupal, talking about Drupal, implementing Drupal and earning money by the way.

I like the people who are involved in the project and hope that in future there are even more people who contribute to the community.

Drupal is to me the world's best CMS and we should constantly work on it to keep it like that!

Ivo Radulovski

Drupal evangelist :)

February 25, 2011
Evan Leibovitch (not verified):

Drupal is the Swiss Army Knife of website development.

February 25, 2011
Mike Taylor (not verified):

Drupal is.....

An opportunity to grow and evolve everyday! There is always a new feature or technique that keeps developing in Drupal fresh and engaging!

Mike Taylor
Developer

February 25, 2011
Joe Murray (not verified):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Xrw4xh0koo

Drupal is the best CMS for creating customized CiviCRM sites for non-profits and advocacy groups.

February 25, 2011
Pinakin Patel (not verified):

It is a software development platform and not just a CMS. I compare it to MS Access and can make database driven web applications quick and easily without having to worry about security, users access controls etc.

February 25, 2011
Chris Free (not verified):

What is Drupal? Drupal is how I make a living.

February 25, 2011
decibel.places (not verified):

I came across Drupal a few years ago when many PHP CMS apps were sprouting, including Wordpress and Mambo; today I use Drupal as a framework for 80% of my highly-paid contract projects and I thank my luck for picking a good horse.

Real name: Randall Goya
Role: Drupal Developer

February 25, 2011
Steve Crawford (not verified):

Hi Dries,

In my role as a VP Marketing/BizDev at Jamcracker (cloud services aggregation platform), I stumbled on Drupal 5/6 when I was evaluating different website CMS offerings. Going with an open-source provider was a no-brainer, and my selection came down to Joomla and Drupal. We evaluated both, and I initially selected Joomla because the UI was much better (my opinion) and was concerned with the learning curve wrt Drupal.

After using Joomla for a week, it became apparent that it lacked the feature, functionality and scalability of Drupal, so I bit the bullet and climbed up the learning curve with Drupal 6. Since then we've launched multiple websites on Drupal for my company and our distribution partners (e.g. www.jamcracker.com & www.cloudcatalogue.com), and am now rolling out several new sites/applications with Drupal 7 (www.cloudcrossings.com).

My view of Drupal has evolved over the past several years -- initially it was a means to control my own destiny with our website content and not be dependent on a website admin for day-to-day needs. Today, I view it as more of a website CMS + web application development platform.

My congratulations to you and the incredible community of Drupal innovators. I'm a huge fan and grateful user.

Best regards,
Steve (stevecrawf)

Steve Crawford
VP Marketing &
Business Development
Jamcracker, Inc.

February 25, 2011
Yashesh Bhatia (not verified):

In one sentence - it helps me run a small business and more importantly - it ensures i enjoy every moment of it.

February 25, 2011
Arjun Raj (not verified):

For me Drupal is like a web developers Lego store. You pick up the base (core) and any other piece(modules) that you want and build your site; no matter how big or small it is; is a flash.

Aj
D Developer

February 25, 2011
Vacilando (not verified):

Drupal? A living creature: just like a bee, leopard, or a curious child. But one that, instead of running some slowly mutating DNA program, employs highly-optimized open-source code that is in constant flux. As a result, this amazing creature grows new limbs, develops faculties that have never before existed, changes shape each time you look at it, and surprises you with emergent features that nobody really consciously planned. Its creator is no less impressive: a swarm of over a million nameless humans scattered around this planet that, for this one purpose, are able to put away their differences and work together as a one single collective super-intelligence!

February 25, 2011
Anonymous (not verified):

Drupal pays my bills.

February 25, 2011
Vivek Saurabh (not verified):

College Final Year Major Project
woke up at 9 am made a site on drupal in two hours, showed it to the External examiner and got the good marks. Thanks to Drupal. Saved the day once again. Now I am a drupal developer.

February 25, 2011
Jorge (not verified):

Since discovering Drupal became a new way of understanding design and web development. Now I can do things that previously I could not imagine. I love Drupal.

Jorge Pereyra
web designer

February 25, 2011
Grant (not verified):

Drupal is proof that gift communities are not just pie-in-the-sky idealists tilting at windmills, that community can create something that is not only competitive, but something of exceptional quality and scope that is an industry leader and an example of what is possible.

February 25, 2011
Kunal Khullar (not verified):

Drupal is life line to me! My first project was in Drupal so it holds a very special position in my life. Drupal rocks :)

February 25, 2011
Suren Ohanyan (not verified):

Drupal is 66,66% of my life since I use it 16 hours per day.

February 25, 2011
Tyler Smith (not verified):

Drupal to me was a nightmare avoided, then an assigned project that no one else wanted, then an curious interest and now my first real job. It was the scary unknown and now it is my enjoyable livelihood.

February 25, 2011
Gareth Alexander (not verified):

Drupal is development platform that deals with the users and content so I can focus on getting the rest of the website right.

February 25, 2011
Jeff Geerling (not verified):

Drupal is my anti-drug. Or, maybe it's my drug. Still trying to make up my mind...

February 25, 2011
Donny Nyamweya (not verified):

Drupal is:
... what enables me to look at a 'mess of content' and see it as a repository of perspectives, organization, and possibility.

February 25, 2011
Mihai P. (not verified):

Drupal is your content's momentum towards users (or towards sharing).

February 25, 2011
Gerardo Ramirez (not verified):

Without Drupal, PhP would be a mistake

February 25, 2011
Behzad Amiri Nezhad (not verified):

Drupal is just like my childhood Lego which can be made flat to look like a sea, it can as well be made to look like a well-fortress. It's just as easy as playing with your lego!

February 25, 2011
Barinder Singh (not verified):

Drupal - By the masses, for the masses.
Drupal - Revolution in Semantic Web.

February 25, 2011
Blake Senftner (not verified):

Drupal is a Web Services framework that enables me to author and publish APIs and sell SaaS products with extremely low investment, while offering outstanding performance & flexibility.

February 25, 2011
CSÉCSY László (not verified):

Drupal is just Drupal: our native tongue, our night and day, our web, our purse and piggy-bank, our habit, our work and hobby, our network. Our life.

February 25, 2011
Kazu Hodota (not verified):

I am Web developer and Drupal is best CMS for us, however standard users are a little bit complicate Drupal functions. Drupal Gardens is best for users. I think Drupal is for developers, Drupal Gardens is for users, just my idea.

February 25, 2011
matt (not verified):

Drupal makes doing good web stuff easy. My role? a bit of everything.

February 25, 2011
jurgenhaas (not verified):

When I was looking for a CMS I came across Drupal and found a full-blown PHP framework that allows me to develop first-class web-applications in no time. Lession learned: Drupal system architects are far beyond the Drupal marketeers who are completely mis-positioning Drupal when "just" calling it a CMS.

February 25, 2011
Jeffrey Dalton ... (not verified):

In the simplest terms "DRUPAL = FREEDOM".
Because of Drupal I have been able to:

  • start a business, work from home, and be present to raise my family
  • live anywhere of my choosing (currently Maui, HawaiI and next up New Zealand)
  • live debt free
  • play technology wizard by standing on the shoulders of giants
  • work with some truly outstanding people
  • help many good causes fundamentally spread their message to the world
  • empower other people I have met to do the same by showing them the ropes
  • generally do good in the world
  • and the list goes on and on...

Many thanks to you personally Dries and to the community as a whole. Viva la Drupal!

February 25, 2011
newbie (not verified):

elusive

February 25, 2011
Matteo Ferrari (not verified):

I work with Drupal since 2002 and I love it.
Elegant, smart, intuitive and powerful.
I could summarize this project with the motto:
DRUPAL
Lead the WEB!

February 25, 2011
Stefano (not verified):

It's something lets People to be public.

February 25, 2011
Nat Parnell (not verified):

Drupal is community cohesion.

February 25, 2011
carsato (not verified):

Drupal is freedom, liberty and power to decide.

February 25, 2011
Helen Heslinga (not verified):

The freedom to focus on my favorite parts of the puzzle, knowing all the other parts are within reach

February 25, 2011
Stephanie Martinez (not verified):

Drupal is the web content framework that I looked at when I started out in web design 6 years ago and was afraid to try but has become the web content framework that as CIO of a B2B publisher, I am using to replace all of our websites.

February 25, 2011
Matt Cleveland (not verified):

A complete web site delivery platform

February 25, 2011
Mixel (not verified):

Drupal is … everything you want it to be !

February 25, 2011
Je Kyran (not verified):

Drupal is... knowing I have invested time/money in a web platform which can grow and evolve with my business, no matter what opportunities and challenges the future may bring.

Role: End user, who develops own site (self taught)

February 25, 2011
Jonathan (not verified):

Drupal is a framework to do more, do it quickly, and do it without sacrificing quality. My role: developer, end user, and rather poor designer.

February 25, 2011
Ivan Tsekhmistro (not verified):

Drupal is like the philosophers' stone. You can make Gold out of it if you know how to use it properly.

February 25, 2011
Dave T (not verified):

Drupal is an international community that works collaboratively to find solutions for web publishing problems.

Cheers,
Dave
Mediacurrent

February 25, 2011
Leo Horthy (not verified):

Drupal is a constant fascination and a bit of a hobby; I develop websites for family, friends and non-profits that I am associated with. I did imagine turning it into a business, but now four years on I have moved on to other things.

February 25, 2011
Ryan (not verified):

Drupal to me is access to a worldwide community of intelligent, creative individuals that I get to collaborate with on a daily basis. It's also my ticket to visiting new countries with my wife and learning from different cultures.

Ryan Szrama, Developer

February 25, 2011
Scott Reynen (not verified):

http://drupalisyournewbicycle.com/
Scott Reynen, Developer

February 26, 2011
Eric (not verified):

Role: Developer
Drupal is a racing car, not suited for all roads but powerful when needed

February 26, 2011
Ryan Schwab (not verified):

Drupal means empowering people. Using Drupal, someone without a lot of money or technical know-how can reach millions of people. Its the tool of the printing press brought home to anyone with an internet connection. But it doesn't stop there, because once a Drupal site is live it becomes a press itself: empowering the sites users to share their stories and ideas with the world.

February 26, 2011
Mike Reyher (not verified):

Drupal is Community on the Web.

February 26, 2011
Mark (not verified):

Drupal is...the past, the present and the future.

We shouldn't forget what has come before, we're only as good as our latest release and in the future anything is possible!

February 26, 2011
Chris Brody (not verified):

Drupal is simply the best tool for building websites today. Period.

February 26, 2011
uberhacker (not verified):

Drupal is a plethora of tools which help provide rapid web application development. The qualities that really stand out and separate it from other frameworks are its ability to be customized and extended easily to create complex web sites in a relatively short period of time. It succeeds in these areas where most other systems fail. When working with Drupal, you can emphasize this motto:

"If it takes too long, you're doing it all wrong."

February 26, 2011
brosseaub (not verified):

a swiss army knife for the 21 st century

February 26, 2011
Brad Spry (not verified):

Drupal is us.

February 26, 2011
Everlearner (not verified):

Hi Dries,

As a developer, Drupal (+ contributed modules) is a multi-purpose website building machine for me.
As a designer, Drupal looks like a plain canvas, that can paint any kind of beautiful images.
As a end-user, Drupal offer clean interface, remove unnecessary staffs for different user roles, highly interactive responses and content (with the powered of CCK, Views, Panel, Rules and so on..)

Thank you so much for creating Drupal and releasing free for the community. I love the way of using nodes that can be used to create any kind of content easily. This make Drupal very powerful, dynamic and easy to extend for any kind of website.

(And also the way of using nodes become a complex thing for the new comers whose come from other CMSs background. Then they said Drupal learning curve is steep. Flexibility make them complex.)

Best Regards,

Maung Maung
Drupal developer, themer, Burmese localization team lead
http://drupal.org/user/404070
http://localize.drupal.org/user/37153

February 26, 2011
Anonymous (not verified):

Drupal has changed my life

February 26, 2011
leilyrken (not verified):

We mainly use it as a framework (cmf?).

Most of the websites we built with Drupal are not classic drupal site but we always find the correct module and use the drupals api to change everything as we want.

Before we used to work with joomla for basic sites and from scratch for complex sites. But sometimes the basic site must evolve in something complex and you have then to choose in a list of modules taht you need to pay if you want quality or develop it which I think is horrible joomla architecture. Same for the complex website it take time to build from scratch some part that drupal will quickly provide us: user management, permission, roles...
So we do most of our development in drupal now that allow a lot of flexibility, use free module from the community (that we fix sometines and participate to improve it, try to do that with a joomla module...), very well documented
and with a fucking great communauty.

Sorry for my poor english maybe, I'm in china...

February 26, 2011
hgurol (not verified):

Drupal is an "Addictive Headache"; which keeps me always awaiting, either for a new release or for the modules to be upgraded.

(( Systems/Database Admin ))

February 26, 2011
Radu C. (developer) (not verified):

Drupal for my web-developing skills is what Borland Pascal was in school for my programming skills: it was a great instrument to learn the basics and beyond. I am so grateful that I started my road in the world of web in the "Drupal-wagon". Thank you Dries and Drupal community for this great product!

February 26, 2011
Mat Owens (not verified):

Drupal is simply friendship, a community supporting and driving each other towards innovation, creativity and success.

February 26, 2011
Gian (not verified):

Drupal is a great equalizer.

February 26, 2011
Akeerie (not verified):

A fun outlet for both my creativity and logical mind, it shows me the art of the possible when I'm surrounded by so many strategic ideas and solutions that don't deliver.

February 26, 2011
Akeerie (not verified):

A fun outlet for both my creativity and logical mind, it shows me the art of the possible when I'm surrounded by so many strategic ideas and solutions that don't deliver.

February 26, 2011
Farshid Pourlatifi (not verified):

I am a senior developer at Rayvarz Co.

To me, Drupal is a Tool, to build any webthing with :-)

February 26, 2011
Fiable.biz (not verified):

The Popular Republic of Drupal, with its numerous citizens, many provinces and strong core is successful, but its slowness in evolving, its technocracy as well as its refusal of content negotiation let us know that its last decade has already begun.

February 26, 2011
Vojtěch Kusý (not verified):

"Drupal is my daily job tool, but important essence of Drupal is its community - people with open and free minds who contribute back with new core features, modules, themes, translations, bug reports or helping with local events and I love sharpening my daily-job's tool with you my friends."

That wasn't short isn't it? Again:

"Drupal is my daily job tool in first place, but important essence of Drupal for me is its open and free-minded community and I love sharpening my daily job tool with you my friends."

Vojtech Kusy, developer at Atomic Ant Ltd., http://atomicant.co.uk

February 26, 2011
Mittal Patel (not verified):

Drupal is Business.
(Many companies are running on Drupal based websites and services.)

February 26, 2011
seaurchin (not verified):

Drupal brings advanced website development within easy reach of non-programmers while providing developers with unlimited potential to extend its possibilities.

February 26, 2011
Capi Etheriel (not verified):

To me, Drupal is Hope. As a developer, empowered by the contributions of the community, I can develop a feature to be re-used on several projects. Once I accomplish my project goals, I can publish the list of modules and the install profile as a Distribution, providing a working platform for users all over the world. Drupal is the hope of working once and solving several problems at once.

February 26, 2011
effulgentsia (not verified):

A modular and configurable website operating system, collaboratively developed, maintained, and used, by anyone who wants to, without restrictions.

February 26, 2011
Casper Thomsen (not verified):

Chris Heuer put out the same question on Twitter before Drupalcon Paris - read more about his presentation here.

I don't have my own answer to your question but on Saturday I will be doing a short presentation on the Open Source Days conference in Copenhagen where I will show how we are bulding Version2.dk on Drupal 7.

In my presentation I intend to include an answer to Chris' original question by Jeremy Keith which has become my favourite Drupal quote:

"It's a platform where it's harder to build simple things, but easier to build complex things. IF you know what you're doing."

Couldn't find the original tweet but posted a screengrab on Imgur
http://i.imgur.com/rOl3P.png

February 26, 2011
florent (not verified):

It's a platform where it's harder to build simple things, but easier to build complex things. IF you know what you're doing.

I wonder why I care more about this "IF" than any other good aspect. Let's say I am too lazy or too silly to spend years climbing on the top of this giant named Drupal ( so to make it turn my way ). Drupal is a giant even if you need a smart and tiny little mouse.

February 27, 2011
Nancy Wichmann (not verified):

It literally saved my life; I wouldn't be answering this question had I not gotten involved with Drupal.

February 26, 2011
Rahul Ramachandran (not verified):

Drupal == Lego for Geeks

Drupal gives you the building blocks, rest is up to your imagination!

February 26, 2011
Jean-Marie Slove (not verified):

Drupal is an enabler

Jean-Marie Slove
Alena Systems Founder and CEO

February 26, 2011
jn2 (not verified):

For me, Drupal is a path to a better future.

February 26, 2011
Stefan Vaduva (not verified):

A swiss army knife.

Stefan Vaduva
Web Developer

February 26, 2011
Kevin (not verified):

Drupal is my sorcerer's wand through which I transform outdated content and technologies into websites that can change the world.

February 26, 2011
Aendrew (not verified):

"What is Drupal?"

WordPress for people with a lot of time on their hands.

(Kidding! I use Drupal to do what WordPress cannot easily.)

February 26, 2011
John Hood (not verified):

Druapl is the tool that helped me make the transition from mostly video editor to mostly web developer.

John Hood
Developer

February 26, 2011
David Lohmeyer (not verified):

Drupal is the first approach I take to implement a new website because it always has an answer to a problem.

February 26, 2011
Hans van den Berk (not verified):

In terms of empowerment, Drupal is about as close as I can get to acting like a God without being crucified. In one word: awesome.

[end user | administrator]

February 26, 2011
Kyle Skrinak (not verified):

Drupal allows me to work, learn and play on the shoulders of giants.

February 26, 2011
Drew Gorton (not verified):

Drupal is helping transform the world by lowering barriers and increasing transparency. Drupal is also a community of people that lives with openness every day and, as such, is a model for all.

February 27, 2011
stieglitz (not verified):

Designer/Developer-wannabe

Drupal is the flux capacitor in the future of the internet. It is the community that humbles me into knowing I will never know it ALL as well as the community that is there to help me try.

February 27, 2011
israel dahan (not verified):

drupal is the lego

israel dahan
develper

February 27, 2011
daniel (not verified):
  1. Drupal is the Community
  2. Drupal is the Community
  3. Drupal is freedom
  4. Drupal is free-time
  5. Drupal is relaxation
February 27, 2011
Martin Baker (not verified):

Drupal makes things possible - the hard work of others empowers me to create a unique website that I otherwise wouldn't be able to do.

February 27, 2011
Nicolas Leroy (not verified):

Drupal is passion. I even run on drupal.

To have a look at my drupal shoes: http://nicolasleroy.be/content/drupal-shoes-sequel

Nicolas Leroy: Drupal consultant/developer

February 27, 2011
Daniel Gafitescu (not verified):

Drupal is the very best thing since sliced bread.

In future will cure cancer and solve poverty.

February 27, 2011
kathyh - developer (not verified):

Drupal is a community.

-a community that is large and growing every day
-a community that is active, supporting and thriving on each other
-a community that has high standards, quality and security controls
-a community that is large enough to always have people integrating the bleading edge technology into Drupal
-a community that is a do-acracy
-a community that builds an architecture, CMS software, quality software processes and plans social gatherings
-a community that is intelligent, fun and prosperous

February 27, 2011
smasty (not verified):

Drupal is the way to create a website within a hour and spend the rest of day relaxing.

February 27, 2011
Heather (not verified):

I wish I could draw a comic strip:

Scene 1) Little druplicon goes up to framework icons, who berate him away with barrage of code and turned up noses, and they kick him to the curb.

Scene 2) Druplicon bounces over to apps and WP, joomla and other cms icons, and they bounce around happy until Drupal whips out a scary swiss army knife of mad tools, and they bounce away.

Scene 3) Druplicon works in a cloud of dust and out pops open publish, open atrium, drupal commons, etc, and they all dance happily together.

I know, it's goofy!! Wish I could draw it.

February 27, 2011
Ayesh (not verified):

Drupal is where I'm wondering how people really "contributing".

Being familiar with Drupal is just a marriage with Drupal.

The best 3 things I see in Drupal are,
- It's well-thought CMS. Extensive, powerful and of course, secure.
- It's really free of charge.
- World's most rocking people live there. Every developer wants to help someone.

I love you!

February 27, 2011
Johnny N (not verified):

Drupal is the answer to ?q

February 27, 2011
Johan R (not verified):

Drupal is like freedom. Sometimes it's hard but once you get it, you're the happiest person in the world.

February 27, 2011
Perry Brown (not verified):

Drupal is the gigantic set of Legos I always wanted as a kid, but could never afford. Thanks to everyone who has ever helped make a free 'Lego'.

February 27, 2011
Steve Purkiss (not verified):

My answer, in 9 seconds of video:

http://vimeo.com/stevepurkiss/what-is-drupal

February 27, 2011
arianek (not verified):

Job role: Project Manager (+ info architect, occasional site builder, training/support, jack-of-all-trades)
Community role: Co-lead of Documentation, Drupalchix/Vancouver group admin, helper of event organizing in the Pacific NW.

Drupal is a fantastic open source CMS that lets us build pretty much anything our clients need, enabling them to do good things for other people and the planet. But that is the tip of the iceberg.

It gave me a job when I was only self-taught, and later it gave me a career making websites and web applications with an amazing team of people, to support those doing positive work in the world.

It gave me support and mentoring to keep learning and succeeding. It gave me so much of that that I've been able to return that favour to others in the community.

It's given me the opportunity to be part of building something bigger, to be part of a movement, to challenge myself, to gain skills and confidence.

It gave me the chance to travel and meet lots of new people, many of them now good friends who have become important people in my life.

Drupal and the community behind it have changed my life in ways I never could have imagined 5 years ago when I needed a website for my small business.

February 27, 2011
NicolasFruit (not verified):

Drupal is THE glue.

- Glue of code (editor, jquery plugin ... thx GPL)
- Glue of tier-services (Google analytics, facebook connect ...)
- Glue of People: the community !

PS: Original idea of the glue come from the way I see PHP as a glue...

February 27, 2011
Derrick Tawah (not verified):

Drupal to me, is the most 'complete' tool/system that allows you to manage your online content in one place

February 27, 2011
redben (not verified):

Drupal is about socially building the web. Social web building.

February 27, 2011
Eric Quigley (not verified):

Drupal is an outward expression of Man's higher self with regard to his technology and his fellow Man. ("Man" referring, of course, to both women as well as men).

February 28, 2011
Michal (not verified):

Community oriented interface and platform
COIP
People oriented platform
POP

February 28, 2011
Matthias (not verified):

Code. Functions. Algoritmes. Patches. Collaboration. Writing. Travelling. Meeting people. Creativity. Inspiration. Fun. Friendship. Love.

Matthias Vandermaesen
Drupal Developer & Drupal Trainer

February 28, 2011
Gaurav (not verified):

In short my LIVELIHOOD...

February 28, 2011
Joe (not verified):

Drupal is the result of free and equal human collaboration.

Drupal is not a product of contrived monetary-based competition.

February 28, 2011
Abhitesh Das (not verified):

Drupal:

It's similar to my girlfriend..
sometimes extremely pleasant, mind-soothing and fun to be with..
and sometimes... it get on my nerves...

The fact is that I can't live without either of them..!!!

February 28, 2011
Juba (not verified):

Drupal is a dream space, like Inception. Inside Drupal, you can dream bigger.

February 28, 2011
egomac (not verified):

Drupal made me left my country and live and work in 2 cities already.

February 28, 2011
skimmerboi (not verified):

Drupal is the best CMS out there.. and the most powerful tool for websites/intranet systems.

Drupal is life - (practically speaking) it's where i get my money from, to develop sites using Drupal

Drupal is freedom - Drupal lets you do want you want to do, whatever it is.. that's how flexible Drupal is.

More power to Drupal, Dries, and Drupal Community.

February 28, 2011
Josh Bellendir (not verified):

Drupal is a piece of software that allows a non programmer like myself create a full functioning social networking and establishment review site.

or here is another one that expresses what I feel about Drupal...

Drupal, no coding necessary, full functioning website!

To be honest, I absolutely love drupal, ever since I used it to program my first website. I have now created more than 5 websites all with drupal and I rave to all my friends and coworkers about how great the software is. Thanks for making it possible Dries.

February 28, 2011
Rick Bahague (not verified):

Drupal is the powerful buddy that enables our group to deploy about 30 non-profit organizations' portal since 4.1 version.

Drupal powers our Project Peoples Web. It puts organizations on the web with organized contents.

I am a Drupal developer / themer /user/ trainer.

February 28, 2011
Nicolai Schwarz (not verified):

After visits to Textpattern, Mambo, Typo3, WordPress, Joomla and CMS Made Simple - Drupal feels like home.

Nicolai Schwarz, Designer and Webdeveloper

February 28, 2011
ious (not verified):

Drupal as community, working for a better web. Drupal as tools box, helping to spread ideas.

Web architect & Consultant

February 28, 2011
Barrett (not verified):

Drupal is the lackey that I force to write all the boring, repetitive code (e.g., log in/log out, change password, database CRUD operations) so I can focus on the interesting problems.

February 28, 2011
FGM (not verified):

There's even a module^H^H^H^H^H^H GDO page for that: http://groups.drupal.org/node/108604

February 28, 2011
Damien (not verified):

Drupal is equal to the power of the community.

Role: Developer

February 28, 2011
JoseACampillos (not verified):

Drupal is "The framework" XD

February 28, 2011
Imre Gmelig Meijling (not verified):

Drupal is a crossover between a Content Management Framework and a Content Management System. This way it enables development teams to build tailor made web solutions with 'Lego' while their clients get to use the 'Lego Constructions'. While is is open source, it is still growing stronger to combine commerce with community. Once it will have crossed this gap, presumably sometime soon, it will leap forward in the footsteps of Linux and the likes.

February 28, 2011
JuliaKM (not verified):

A tool and community that gives the smallest and largest organizations all the pieces they need to create amazing web experiences.

Developer & Project Manager

February 28, 2011
EMDash (not verified):

Technical Writer, Drupal enthusiast

Drupal is incredibly powerful, incredibly frustrating, and incredibly community-driven.

February 28, 2011
Abhishek Nagar (not verified):

Drupal is Drupal :)

Drupal is way of Creation

February 28, 2011
Alejandro Garza (not verified):

Drupal is being the clueless guy on IRC asking stupid questions to all these incredibly bright, incredibly patient people for a while... and after some time, and someone asks a question, and you say "Hey, I've been thru that!", and you help out that incredibly thankful individual... then it all sinks in; Drupal is about connecting: sharing, helping, building, discussing. And isn't that why we choose to build stuff on the Internet to start with?

February 28, 2011
Koray AL (not verified):

Drupal is like the old Chinese game called "GO",

It takes minutes to understand it, and years to be an expert.

February 28, 2011
daniel abadie (not verified):

Drupal is an oportunity for Buenos Aires City Government, to set up an application that provides us the flexibility and scalability we need to respond to our citiens.

February 28, 2011
Micah Webner (not verified):

Drupal is a powerful platform created and maintained by an incredibly generous and helpful open source community which allows people who understand the web to build sites maintained by those who don't without the tedium of wrangling HTML files, page navigation, and all of the other boring or difficult aspects of website management.

Like any good CMS, Drupal is a stumbling block to site builders who do not understand the separation of content and presentation, and to those who refuse to plan their site's content before starting to build "web pages". Drupal sites can do anything that any other site can do, but some bad practices are discouraged by default. The true power of Drupal can only be seen when you stop looking at your website as individual web pages and start seeing a complete collection of content waiting to be managed.

Micah Webner
Drupal site builder, themer, developer

February 28, 2011
Anonymous (not verified):

An automated web development system.

February 28, 2011
Ray Saltini (not verified):

Hi Dries!

For me...

Drupal is a paradigm shift on every level of engagement, development and implementation - a perpetual motion machine that is at the center of every convergence.

Best, Ray.

February 28, 2011
Tom Geller (not verified):

I've released a video statement under a permissive Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 3.0) at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tgeller-what-is-drupal.ogv . Here's the text.

---BEGIN---

Hi, I'm Tom Geller. I'm a writer and presenter, and Drupal is how I tell people who I am and what it is that I do. Now, you might say that any web tool will let you do that, and in fact you'd be right. But after 15 years of making web sites, I’ve never found anything that lets me do it as easily and with as much flexibility as Drupal does. Drupal brings my ideas to life -- you can't ask for more than that!

---END---

February 28, 2011
Tom Geller (not verified):

I added a shorter (12 second) version as well, under the same Creative Commons license. It's at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tgeller-what-is-drupal-short.ogv . Here's the text:

---BEGIN---

Hi, I'm Tom Geller. I'm a writer and presenter, and Drupal lets me tell the world who I am and what it is I do. Drupal gives me a voice; it brings my ideas to life. You can't ask for more than that!

---END---

February 28, 2011
Chris Albrecht (not verified):

Drupal is efficiency, productivity, organization and innovation, all wrapped in a shiny, blue, infinity-eyed shell.

March 1, 2011
Ian Flory (not verified):

Drupal is like a rainbow... Millions of tiny droplets making something beautiful.

Role: developer

March 1, 2011
mertskeli (not verified):

Free tool to make money.

March 1, 2011
Tom (not verified):

Drupal is an enabler.

March 1, 2011
Kent Bye (not verified):

Drupal allows a diverse range of organizations to collaborate with each other without knowing it through the medium of open source code. In other words, Drupal is a trojan horse for social change.

March 1, 2011
Kars-T (not verified):

Drupal is singing, dancing and camping :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mN49g0-pfqc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8Q5bXdVQQk

Drupal to me is much more than just the word "drupal". Drupal means communication and everything else is just a website. The community is the heart of whole thing even if it wouldn't be called drupal anymore. I am proud to be a part of it and want to contribute back as much as I can to the whole thing as it gave so much to me. And I like to quote the first comment "Drupal is love!" :)

March 1, 2011
Jeff Veit (not verified):

Drupal is some software. But it's not what Drupal is that matters. It's what it represents.

Software is the road network of this century: it's what allows goods and knowledge to spread quickly and efficiently. And just the same as we learned that shared public roads are better than private roads, shared public software is better than private software. Drupal represents that shared public infrastructure; made by us, for us and everyone.

March 1, 2011
Pierluigi Marciano (not verified):

As a Project Manager I can say: Drupal is a framework and is a powerful business tool.

March 1, 2011
Fahad Ali Shaikh (not verified):

Drupal is as affectionate as a mother, as understanding as a father honest as a teacher and as friendly as a good friend

I can write a whole poem on Drupal. It has definitely changed the way web development was before. Drupal is one of the greatest technological change of this era.

March 2, 2011
D (not verified):

Drupal is come to unity... through its community wherein people can come and share.... give and take knowledge.

The best link what it link is energetic and passionate people contributing for the success of Drupal.
Its not for/of one person but worldwide..

Nice to be a Drupler.

March 2, 2011
Roel De Meester (not verified):

What is Drupal? "It's the community. Stupid!"

What is Drupal? "Drupal is what allows me to be surrounded by bunch of great (heart & mind) people at work. Every day."

Roel : Business owner

March 2, 2011
christefano (not verified):

Drupal is an open source, content- and user-centric web application framework that stands apart from similar software projects because of its modular architecture, the high quality of its code, and its thriving developer community.

March 2, 2011
Rama Krishna (not verified):

Drupal is a framework, we can create any kind of applications or other frameworks on top of it.

March 2, 2011
Mike Hutchinson (not verified):

Drupal + CCK + Views + Zen + 40hrs of tinkering = a great looking website that your client will love for years.

Mike (Designer)

March 2, 2011
mwangi (not verified):

drupal is time; because it saves my time. Helping me do things I'd do in 20 days in 20 hours.

Mwangi - Webmaster

March 3, 2011
Merlin (not verified):

"A dream to some, a nightmare to others"

March 2, 2011
Danang Probo Sayekti (not verified):

"Drupal is like a water, from many perspectives its very useful for all of us".

Dan (Developer, Themer, Site Builder, Project Manager).

March 3, 2011
Adam Rasmussen (not verified):

Drupal makes it possible for me to help nonprofits and social profits do good things for people all over the world.

March 3, 2011
Susan Rust (not verified):

Drupal exemplifies humanity at its best: The willingness to contribute to something bigger than one's self for no personal gain.

Of course the irony is that the return is greater than the investment. Peace.

March 4, 2011
Vikram Bhat (not verified):

Drupal has helped us at www.eqnova.net to achieve adroitness in delivery and design dextrousness; I still have not got the answer to quest of what Drupal is to me?

March 4, 2011
Iztok Smolic (not verified):

Drupal made it possible for me to learn, grown, travel, have fun and make money all in one. In only two years in Drupal world I could find focus in my business part of life.

March 4, 2011
Matthew Tift (not verified):

Drupal is the friendly community that welcomed me with open arms, gave me tools to help others, challenged me intellectually, and gave me the courage to leave academia and its monastic traditions.

Role: Developer

March 4, 2011
Rik de Boer (Me... (not verified):

Drupal is the reason I defected from Java. And never looked back.

March 5, 2011
Jonathan Wagener (not verified):

Drupal is the only real content manager / framework that I feel comfortable using, believe me I've tried many others. :)

March 7, 2011
Bockereyer (not verified):

Drupal is like a love story. I'm passioned about it. Some days I hate it. I almost can't live a day without it, I leave it but then again I always return.
... and ultimately it's my last hope to rescue my back.

March 7, 2011
patch-works (not verified):

Whatever I plan, Drupal can!

March 9, 2011
Milton Mendonca (not verified):

Hi Dries,

Drupal is what I didn't have to create websites, thousands of years ago. It would have granted me an extra day to rest...

Thank you,

God
Developer, (The Universe Project, The Earth Project)

March 10, 2011
Anonymous (not verified):

Maybe...

Drupal is having control

Drupal is the ultimate Internet developer community altogether

Drupal is how all the web should be. It's standards compliant. It's easy to learn and use. It's easy to adapt and grow. And It's easy enough to develop for.

March 11, 2011
bukem (not verified):

An alternate reality creator

March 18, 2011
Steve Purkiss (not verified):

As it was this blog which was one of my main inspirations, here's our short film we just made about the subject of what is drupal which we funded from our Drupal Association Community Cultivation grant - enjoy!

http://bad-ass.org.uk/what-is-drupal

September 10, 2011

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