Happy eighth birthday Drupal

Happy eighth birthday
© Jamey Boje (aka graphicsguru)

Today, eight years ago, Drupal 1.0.0 was released! The following snippet is taken directly from the original announcement:

Today, drop.org announces the release of Drupal 1.00 after an extensive period of testing. Drupal is a full-featured content management/discussion engine using Apache/PHP/MySQL and suitable to setup a news-driven community or portal site similar to kuro5hin.org and slashdot.org. Current features include discussion forums, web-based administration, theme support, an open submission queue, content management, a modularized design, PHP sessions, user management with access control and username/profanity/hostname filters, error logging, a public diary module, an affiliate site module, backend/headline generation (RSS/RDF) and much more.

When I started work on Drupal as a graduate student, Drupal was just a little hobby project grown out of my own interest in the web. As you can tell from the original release notes, being the only programmer certainly had its charms. ;-)

Fast forward 8 years, and we're a global project with hundreds of thousands of users, thousands of active contributors and a healthy ecosystem. Along the way, I've always tried to listen to the community, and to trust my own instincts and moral compass. We built an amazing community together, and because of that, working on Drupal continues to be a labor of love. Even after eight years.

A big project can't always do what a small project can; there is more legacy and overhead, but nonetheless, I think what is important is that we stayed true to our initial values: innovation, collaboration and a healthy desire to keep the code as small and simple as possible. Happy birthday, Drupal!

Comments

Marc Bijl (not verified):

Hey Dries!

Congrats with this great milestone in the history of an excellent CMS! Hopefully the next ten years will be as successful as the first eight. Or even better ;)

Keep up the good work and wish you all the best with continuing this cool project.

Enjoy!

Thomas (not verified):

Best Greetings to Drupals eighth Birthday from Germany!

I am just working with Drupal for 8 Months, but I wonder what I´ve done the last 7 Years and 4 Months :-), without Drupal!

I really love Drupal and the whole Drupal-Community! Thx to all of you!

Versvs (not verified):

I came here looking for some info on Drupal 7 roadmap, but it looks like it was a good day to come :)

Happy birthday for Drupal and greetingz for the father(s) :)

Chessboxing (not verified):

Happy D-Day, oeps B-day. Belgium is proud on you!

Ariane (not verified):

Hey Dries--

Congrats on the anniversary, it's really pretty amazing to think about! Thanks for everything you do for the community, it's truly a great thing. :-) See ya at DrupalCon!

Enric (not verified):

Hi Dries!

Congratulations!! I'm one of those hundreds of thousands of users that is using Drupal, and I'm proud of it!

Keep up the good work!

Michael Skok (not verified):

Congratulations Dries!

You constantly prove how leading can be as much about listening as anything else, and quietly show your strength in bringing others along with you. It's a pleasure to be working with you. Here's to more of your great inspiration for Drupal, the community, partners and customers in the next 8 years!

Michael

Birgit (not verified):

Congratulations and it was great meeting you in person at the DrupalCamp in Cologne. This weekend will surely boost Drupal development in Germany :))) Prost!

Svilen Sabev (not verified):

Happy birthday Drupal

I am having birthday on the same day.
I figure out today that my favorite CMS has it on the same day.

BTW: jQuery's birthday on 14 of January

Keep the code solid

ridru (not verified):

Happy birthday DRUPAL!

Keep up the good work..

Greetings,