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Drupal Digital Experience Platform (DXP), Evolutionary Advancement and Consequent Detritus

Given the sophistication of, and the enormity of, the current generations of the Drupal digital experience platform (DXP) (i.e. Content Management System (CMS), it has been apparent for years that Drupal’s intended user demographic is, and has been, web development professionals. At this juncture, the major shift the Drupal CMS/DXP made in this regard some years ago has proven its value, despite the consequences, in part, that have included leaving behind a major portion of its past users, in favor of implementing Drupal’s more recent, and ongoing, evolutionary advancements and refinements.

When the 8th generation of the Drupal CMS/DXP was released in 2015, Drupal’s internal foundation (its core) parted ways with its prior generations. Most importantly, the major core changes in Drupal 8 did not provide any direct means for upgrading from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8, or moving content from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8, only an extraordinarily complex set of mostly command line oriented migration tools and scripts. When Drupal rewrote its entire internal structural foundation it alienated hundreds of thousands of Drupal users, many of whom had been using Drupal since as early as the 3rd or 4th generation of the Drupal CMS.

Website Development Overview

Web Site Development Overview

This web site is developed with the Drupal content management system (CMS). The name Drupal probably sounds somewhat unusual to English speaking ears, but it is simply an anglicized version of the Dutch word for drop, as in a drop of water. Drupal is an open source software tool that is developed by a community of people who are interested in state of the art web site development and management. The Drupal community is a global network of people who are interested in web site development software. Unlike some projects that claim "open source" status, Drupal truly is a community project.

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