10 things you probably didn’t know about Drupal

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Last updated: 15/01/24

10 surprising Drupal facts

Drupal is turning 23 this year. To celebrate, we took some time to look for 10 interesting facts about Drupal you might not know yet. Did you know all of them?

#1 The name Drupal started with an error

While Dries was looking for a name to give to his software. When considering dorp.org, he mistyped dorp as drop. Thus drop.org was born. 

Dorp is Dutch for ‘village’, a link to the small community that started Drupal. 

#2 The existence of the name: Dorp > Drop > Druppel > Drupal

Starting from drop.org, the name began taking its form, while the audience changed. It attracted new members, and they started talking about new web technologies, such as moderation, syndication, rating, and distributed authentication. Drop.org slowly turned into a personal experimentation environment, driven by discussions sprung from an ever-changing flow of ideas. These ideas became methods and features in the software running drop.org.

It wasn't until January 2001 that Dries decided to release the software behind drop.org. The idea was to let others use and extend the experimentation platform so even more people could explore new paths for web development. He called the software "Drupal." Pronounced "droo-puhl," the name derives from the English pronunciation of the Dutch word "druppel," which means "drop."


#3 The Druplicon: to infinity and beyond

Dries wanted to create a unifying symbol for the Drupal community. Something they could easily share and work with. Ultimately the concept took the form of 2 drops (ref to the name) put together to create an infinity symbol. When placed inside a filled circle, they looked like eyes, and the drop resembled a face. This way, the Druplicon was born: a stylized drop with "infinity" eyes, a curved nose, and a mischievous smile.

There's even a separate site for Druplicons from everyone who wants to create a new version. Have a look, it's really cool! 

#4 The 15th day, a magical number for Drupal

The first version of Drupal was released on January 15th in 2001. It could be just us, but the next 5 versions of Drupal, just until version 5, were all released on the 15th day of a month: 

  • Drupal 1.0.0, 2001-01-15
  • Drupal 2.0.0, 2001-03-15
  • Drupal 3.0.0, 2001-09-15
  • Drupal 4.0.0, 2002-06-15
  • Drupal 5.0, 2007-01-15

#5 The websites of Tesla, Pinterest and Lush are built with Drupal

More than 2% of all websites run on Drupal. Tesla, Pinterest, and Lush are just examples. 

Take Tesla for example, an amazing design with background videos and special effects allow you to discover their cars almost like you were seeing them in real life. With a multisite of 30+ regions, the user can browse the website easily in its native language.

#6 Dropsolid has 620 years of combined Drupal experience

If you combine the knowledge of our 45 Dropsolid Drupal Developers and you put them in a sum, you end up getting a total of 620 years of Drupal experience. 620 years! 

More about Dropsolid and Drupal 

#7 Drupal has 5 values, 11 principles

Did you know Drupal keeps 5 values and 11 principles in mind? 

"The Drupal Values and Principles describe the culture and behaviors expected of members of the Drupal community to uphold. These principles inform how technical and non-technical decisions are made, in addition to how contributors and leaders can support both our community and the project."

Dries Buytaert, Founder and Project Lead of Drupal

Read all the values and principles here.

#8 DCOD: Drupal code of conduct

As our community grows, it is imperative that we preserve the things that got us here; namely, keeping Drupal a fun, welcoming, challenging, and fair place to play. The Drupal Code of Conduct (DCOC) states our shared ideals with respect to conduct. Think of this as coding standards for people. It is an expression of our ideals, not a rulebook. It is a way to communicate our existing values to the entire community.

  • Be considerate.
  • Be respectful.
  • Be collaborative.
  • When we disagree, we consult others.
  • When we are unsure, we ask for help.
  • Step down considerately.

Source: Drupal Code of Conduct 

#9 Sustainability at the root of Drupal

"Our environmental footprint has many facets. It isn’t just the code, but how the community maintains and extends the code. Every line of code takes energy to execute, energy to write, and likely represents a combination of communications efforts to nail down."

Drupal drives about 2% of the web. The internet is responsible for about 2% of global CO2 emissions. Reducing the page weight of Drupal Core will eventually reduce the impact of over a million sites. It is a tiny step in the total reductions that are needed, but at this stage, all efforts help. 

#10 Dropsolid has been working with Drupal for 10 years now

Believers, that’s what we are at Dropsolid. Ever since the foundation of Dropsolid, Drupal was the preferred technology. And still is. It’s in our DNA. And we’ll keep using it, and believing in it. Driven by an open culture and with a passion for open source, we share our knowledge, our code, and our talent with you.