Drupal 4.7: Next-generation CMS

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Drupal is a content management system (CMS) built on the PHP and MySQL combination (detailed requirements here). I've been working with the latest version since its release at the beginning of this month. Drupal 4.7 is a significant upgrade that brings major short- and long-term benefits to users and distributors of the system. It brings Drupal back to the cutting edge of CMS development.

Drupal's strength in comparison to other CMSes is its abstract modular approach to content. Drupal treats all content -- be it a blog post, static page, or your latest podcast -- as a node. Different node types can be mixed together, grouped into categories, extended through modules, and included in customisable RSS feeds. Treating content items in this abstract sense gives Drupal the ability to manage an almost limitless range of content using just its core features, in comparison to other tools that are limited to working with just pages or posts or that require these entities to be treated separately. This abstraction means that, although Drupal cannot boast as large a range of contributed modules as projects such as Mambo or WordPress, each contributed module tends to have a wider range of applications in which it can be used.

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