What Is Drupal
Its a free open source website design program. It is harder to learn than Microsoft Frontpage and about as difficult as Dreamweaver.
Some web designers have said it is difficult for many people to learn, whilst others said how good it is, being both fast and easy.
When a site is up and running, it is very easy to manage and the customer can easily add content and edit content.
It was made by Dries Buytaert (over 10 years ago), and he still runs the Drupal Project.
It is free open source and lets users manage and organise their content. A large company can let their managers add content directly, and if 'they break something' they simply roll back to a previous revision.
Where a large company has grown and has a number of websites together with a lot of content, then these sites can all be migrated to just one Drupal site, with associated cost savings.
A main advantage of google is that it is a content management system.
Being open source it has over 11,000 contributors, and sites are both less expensive and superior to those made using older website design technology.
Drupal was originally the idea of just one man, but is now driven by a worldwide community. There is continual innovation because so many people with new ideas have the opportunity to contribute.
Micro or Macro Business
Drupal is ideal for both, and all business models in-between
It can be used very easily by a one man business who can also use the e-commerce module. It can also be used by the largest corporations or NGO's due to its fantastic Content Management System
It can also be used by the local Golf club or Government, and 'The Whitehouse' website is a Drupal website.
It can easily be used in any country and with any language, and is truly international. This has evolved from the use of contributors from all over the world. A Welsh Language contributor can 'contribute' to the welsh language module if they wanted to.
Other (older more traditional) web design programs typically had teams of developers who all spoke English and were based e.g. in Silicon Valley, working for one of the large computer software giants.
Teams of developers have lost their jobs as technology has changed, an example could 'the Flash development team', because we no longer need Flash with HTML5, which is a main building block of both new website design and apps, whether they be iOS, android or blackberry.