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From the dorm room to the boardroom - Ten years of Drupal growth and success

More than a million served! It’s been just over a decade since Drupal’s inception as an online message board in founder, Dries Buytaert’s student dorm in Antwerp, Belgium. It is now developed and supported by a vibrant, collaborative, international community of thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of users. Drupal powers over a million websites of all kinds.

The Drupal phenomenon: technology + community

Drupal’s growth and success is thanks to a potent combination of technology and people. Dries Buytert, Drupal’s founder and Project Lead, puts it this way, “Open source leads to collaboration, which leads to community, which leads to innovation."

Drupal’s open source licensing makes it possible for anyone to collaborate, improve the software, and benefit from the knowledge and expertise of others. This has lead to a strong sense of community among more than 16 thousand active developers and almost 800 thousand users. With thousands or tens of thousands of people communicating and cooperating around the world, every day, Drupal has a phenomenal rate of innovation. It has been at the cutting edge of web technologies such as RSS feeds in the early days, to the hot topics of today and tomorrow like the semantic web, responsive web design, and the mobile internet.

Fact wrap-up and more information below the infographic ...


Drupal growth infographic

Tech & community facts - quick wrap-up

  • 16,000 active developers contribute thousands of changes and improvements to Drupal every week.
  • 1.5 million unique visitors & 300,000 Drupal core downloads on Drupal.org every month.
  • 1,400+ themes and 15,000+ plug-in modules are available for download on Drupal.org.
  • 775,000+ members of Drupal.org, from 288 countries, who speak 181 languages power Drupal.
  • 10,000 people attended 100+ Drupal community and business events in 2011, from DrupalCons, to DrupalCamps, to code sprints, to summits, and beyond.
  • 40 people made DrupalCon Antwerp amazing in 2005.
  • 3000+ people will make DrupalCon Denver amazing in 2012.

Who’s using Drupal?

Drupal is a social publishing platform that is transforming business, government, and the web itself. It is powerful, flexible, extensible, and empowers organizations to realize their visions, innovate, and communicate on the web. Drupal powers millions of content rich, social web experiences across verticals as diverse as media, banking, business, publishing, government, education, world causes and much more. Beyond the examples shown here, there are many other amazing Drupal sites online. To see more, visit www.drupalshowcase.com.

Acquia and making Drupal great

Acquia is part of the Drupal community. Being co-founded by Drupal’s Project Lead, Dries Buyteart, and employing numerous Drupal contributors–developers, version and module maintainers, evangelists, designers, specialists, and others–Acquia has Drupal and open source baked into its DNA. As Dries puts it, “Acquia is that we will not be successful unless Drupal is successful.”

  • Acquia sponsors community events: Drupal Camps, Cons, Summits, Code Sprints; the places where the community comes together, where ideas, inspiration, and code flow. It is my job to try to make as many of these as successful as possible through contributions of money or facilities, finding speakers, helping Acquians attend and more.
  • Acquia Drupal development happens in the issue queues. A lot of code development done for Acquia products and services happens in the Drupal.org issue queues and the resulting modules, patches, and improvements are available to all of us to use in our own Drupal work. Examples include thousands of hours of work on the Drupal core, the Drupal Apache Solr project, Media module, the Commons distribution, the Views 3 UI, Webform, and more.
  • Acquia engineers contribute during work time. Acquia's technical staff have "Gardening Days" allocated to furthering their own Drupal side projects and helping out on the technical side of the community. Projects like the Boston Initiative to train new core contributors and a huge number of modules benefit from the attention their maintainers can pay them during working hours.

DrupalCon Denver

A number of us are very excited to be attending and presenting at next week’s DrupalCon in Denver, Colorado. We hope to see you there!

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