The growth of Drupal
There isn’t much readily available to give a quick update on how many websites are now built using Drupal.
According to a blog released by Engine Industries in 2010 to actually arrive at a definitive figure is quite a task.
In 2010 it showed that a website technology monitor company called Backend Battles found that out of the software used by the 10,000 most popular websites 141 of the 10,000 were run on WordPress and 39 were based on Drupal.
According to Bright Lemon they estimated in 2010 that roughly 80, 800 Drupal sites exist in the UK.
One of the reason for the success of Drupal is that it runs on any computing platform that supports both a web server and is capable of running PHP (including Apache, IIS, Lighttpd, Hiawatha, Cherokee or Nginx) and a database (such as MySQL, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MongoDB or Microsoft SQL Server) to store content and settings. Drupal 6 requires PHP 4.4.0+ while Drupal 7 requires PHP 5.2 or higher.
It’s likely that the figures for numbers of drupal sites has increased. There are some very well known businesses now using Drupal have a look at a blog from US&V here you can see some huge organisations like AT&T, MacDonalds, Leffe and Mattel all using Drupal.
The UK government have taken to Drupal in a big way and a number of large consultancies are working on sizeable Drupal projects today.
I found a few more major brands that are using Drupal for example, Nike, Universal Music, Warner Bros, Yahoo and Adobe.