|Initial release||January 15, 2015|
|Operating system||Unix-like, Windows|
|Size||37,5MB (uncompressed Backdrop CMS core)|
|Type||Content management framework, Content management system, Community and Blog software|
|License||GPLv2 or later|
Backdrop CMS is an Open source, community-developed, content management system , written in PHP, and intended to remain free under the GNU General Public License.. Backdrop CMS was forked from the Drupal CMS in 2013 by two Drupal developers, Nate Lampton (née Nate Haug) and Jen Lampton. Backdrop is very similar to version 7 of the Drupal CMS, maintaining most of the same functionality and features.
Philosophy & Mission[edit | edit source]
As part of Backdrop CMS's philosophy is a focus on an affordable CMS for small to medium-sized businesses, non-profits, educational institutions, and other organizations. The project's mission is to "enable people to build highly customized websites affordably, through collaboration and open source software".
History[edit | edit source]
The Backdrop CMS project was forked about 2 years into the Drupal 8 development cycle. Backdrop therefore retained some features newly included in Drupal version 8, but excluded Symfony, and most of the many new dependencies that were added to Drupal 8. Backdrop's founders and early contributors had concerns over the significant (and at the time controversial) changes coming to Drupal, and expressed concern that maintainers of existing Drupal websites would be unable (or unwilling) to manage these changes, and the cost that comes with them.
Dependencies[edit | edit source]
Installation of Backdrop requires a web server running PHP 5.3.2 or higher and a MySQL 5.0.15 database or higher (or equivalent, like MariaDB). All Backdrop versions are being tested on PHP version 5 and PHP version 7. Backdrop core, and the majority of contributed modules are developed on the GitHub platform.
Development Support[edit | edit source]
Docker-based local development environments like DDEV and Lando support Backdrop CMS out of the box by providing Backdrop CMS as an installation option. Backdrop is also available as an installation option on the managed hosting platform, Pantheon.
There are upgrade paths available to developers who wish to upgrade Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 sites to Backdrop. Core modules have upgrade paths as do some of the more popular contributed modules. Some may require extra work to upgrade smoothly.
Organization of the Backdrop project[edit | edit source]
Backdrop is a community-developed project, guided by a Project Management Committee (PMC), which is modelled off of the respective Apache project PMC. The project is maintained by volunteer developers on the GitHub platform, with shared code contributions reviewed and approved by community members. As of May 19, 2019, there were 132 contributors to the core Backdrop project on GitHub, and 36 contributors maintaining 540 user-contributed modules, themes, and layouts The Backdrop community hosts weekly development, design, and outreach webcasts with recordings available on YouTube.
Backdrop CMS is a member of the Software Freedom Conservancy. This membership allows Backdrop CMS to operate as a charitable initiative without having to manage their own corporate structure, administrative services, or legal team.
Integrations[edit | edit source]
CiviCRM, the open source CRM focused on non-profits, officially supports Backdrop, in addition to Wordpress and Drupal. The Webform CiviCRM module was also ported from Drupal to Backdrop and can be used for more complex integrations between CiviCRM and Backdrop.
Further reading[edit | edit source]
- Tomlinson, Todd (2015). Migrating from Drupal to Backdrop. Apress. ISBN 978-1-484217-59-7. 
- Tomlinson, Todd (2016). Beginning Backdrop CMS. Apress. ISBN 978-1-4842-1969-0. 
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References[edit | edit source]
- "Roadmap". backdropcms.org. Archived from the original on 2017-01-15. Retrieved 2017-02-13.
- "Backdrop CMS releases". github.com. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
- "Licensing FAQ". backdropcms.org. Archived from the original on 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2016-04-15.
- "Backdrop CMS: Setting the record straight". Drupal Watchdog. 2014-06-01. Retrieved 2016-04-15.
- Cheney, Matt (January 16, 2015). "Backdrop CMS 1.0 Available on Pantheon". Pantheon. Archived from the original on April 7, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
- "Philosophy". Backdrop CMS. Archived from the original on 30 March 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
- "System Requirements | Backdrop CMS". backdropcms.org. Archived from the original on 2018-09-05. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
- "DDEV Adds Support for Backdrop CMS". DDEV. 2018-02-14. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
- "Backdrop · Lando Documentation". docs.devwithlando.io. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
- Tomlinson, Todd (2015). Migrating from Drupal to Backdrop. Apress. ISBN 978-1-484217-59-7. Archived from the original on 2017-04-06. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
- "Leadership | Backdrop CMS". backdropcms.org. Archived from the original on 2018-09-05. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
- "Project Management Committee Guide". www.apache.org. Archived from the original on 2018-11-06. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
- "Backdrop CMS core contributors". GitHub. Retrieved 2019-05-19.
- "Backdrop CMS contributors". GitHub. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
- "Backdrop CMS contributed projects". GitHub. Archived from the original on 2016-02-06. Retrieved 2018-10-16.
- "Backdrop CMS is the Conservancy's Newest Member Project". Software Freedom Conservancy. May 8, 2018. Archived from the original on June 25, 2018. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
- "Official CiviCRM support for Backdrop CMS". CiviCRM. September 13, 2017. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
- "Installing CiviCRM on Backdrop CMS". Retrieved May 17, 2019.
- A powerful, flexible, user-friendly form builder for CiviCRM.: backdrop-contrib/webform_civicrm, Backdrop CMS contributed projects, 2019-04-18, retrieved 2019-05-19
- Tomlinson, Todd (2016). Beginning Backdrop CMS. Apress. ISBN 978-1-4842-1969-0. Archived from the original on 2017-09-17. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
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