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

Today, 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 and 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.

I have been very lucky in finding early adopters that saw potential in Drupal when it was first released. Nowadays, thanks to the efforts of hundreds of contributors, Drupal is undeniably growing up quickly.

What didn't change after seven years is the fact that there still seem to be a million of great ideas worth implementing.


Rob Safuto (not verified):

Thanks for introducing Drupal to the world. And congratulations on taking it this far. Its not a stretch to say that Drupal will continue to revolutionize the process of building and growing online communities for many years to come.

Rajeev (not verified):

Drupal - Many Happy Returns of the Day.

Personally, I have tested Drupal several times but not used it on production server so far. However, in past many years whenever I compared available Open Source CMSes on LAMP platform (since I used that only) my search always converged at Drupal due to many of its features - most appealing which initiated my liking for Drupal was its early adoption (perhaps the first in its class) of taxonomy which in real sense permitted the classification in most natural and flexible style (I call it implementation of sets in set-theory, allowing for Super/Sub sets, Unions and Intersections etc.). That alone would open doors to a wide applications. Then it was Views, CCK etc. That was the time when there were relatively fewer people realizing Drupal's inherent powers. These features combined with a very understanding developer and user community has really made Drupal a top ranking system in its category and now I presume it powers hunderes of highly successful portals.

I wish all the more sucess to Drupal and a very long life (with more powers and features)!

Khalid -- (not verified):

Ah, 7 years ... for a parent, the joy of still being a child ... still cute, full of energy, and asks innocent questions, while learning about the world ...

In no time, Drupal will be a teenager, start rebelling and asserts independence, then before you know it, it has moved out of the house ...

Happy birthday ...

theborg (not verified):

Happy Birthday, 7 years and more good things to come.

Romka (not verified):

Happy birthday! Drupal – best CMF! Urraaa!