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1. Drupal Overview > A Brief History of Content Management

A Brief History of Content Management

Before looking any closer at Drupal, let’s take a brief trip back in time to the days before content management systems. To understand how Drupal and other CMS packages simplify your work, we’ll take a look at how things worked when the Web was young.

A Historical Look at Website Creation

Back in the dim recesses of time (the 1990s, for those who remember zeppelins and Model T cars), web pages were nothing more than simple text files nestled comfortably into folders on a server somewhere on the Internet. With names like index.html, news.html, about_us.html, and so on, these files were viewable by anyone with a web browser. Using HTML (hypertext markup language), these files could link back and forth to each other, include images and other media, and generally make themselves presentable. A website, as the hipsters of that day would explain, was just a collection of those files in a particular folder, as pictured in Figure 1-2.


  

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