Last updated November 13, 2013.
Drupal is built and maintained by a community of thousands of volunteers from around the world. Here are some of the tools that we use to keep in touch with each other:
Advice and Support
At all times: be polite, respect the time that others are offering you, and repay them by helping others in turn.
If you're looking for help:
- You can ask questions in the Support Forums here on drupal.org. For faster, clearer answers, read the forum posting tips.
- Find like-minded individuals who are tackling similar tasks to yours on groups.drupal.org. Ideally locate a regional group where you can meet people face to face. Search for groups on modules you use, or similar types of sites (education, commerce, etc).
- For (potentially) real-time answers to brief questions, try the #drupal-support channel on IRC.
- Drupal has an active support mailing list.
If you're offering help:
- Giving advice is the quickest way you can get involved right from the start. It can help develop your Drupal skills and elevate your profile in the community.
- Good support takes a lot of patience. Keep in mind the person on the other end is reaching out for help, and there may be a lot they don't understand yet.
- Please read more guidelines and practical advice about how to Give effective user support.
News and Discussion
- General discussions of Drupal are hosted in the General Forums on drupal.org.
- groups.drupal.org is an online space where hundreds of groups have gathered to organize local meetups, plan and work on projects, or discuss particular features of Drupal.
- The Planet Drupal news aggregator gathers Drupal-related news items and blog posts from dozens of contributors, ranging from developers and designers to marketers and site administrators. You can read the Planet directly or subscribe to its RSS feed.
- The Drupal community is very active on IRC. Learn to use Drupal's IRC channels.
- Drupal has popular mailing lists devoted to various topics.
- Every site administrator should consider subscribing to the Security Announcements list (using the link in the left-hand sidebar of the announcements page) in order to receive prompt warnings when the security team discovers vulnerabilities in Drupal.
Building and Fixing Drupal
There will always be more problems than there are people to fix them, so any help that you can provide to others is more than welcome. Rather than merely asking for change, do what you can to enact change for yourself.
- Have you found a bug, a mistake in the documentation, or a significant missing feature? Learn how to report a problem with Drupal.
- The enormous task of building all of Drupal's components - the core, modules, themes, translations, install profiles, and documentation - is coordinated via the issue queues.
- There are also specific mailing lists devoted to development, theming and design, documentation, translation, site management, and infrastructure (server hardware and configuration).
Drupal in Your Language
Drupal is used by dozens of different language communities. The language-specific communities page contains links to translation projects, language-specific support forums and documentation, directories of country-specific Drupal sites and professionals, and so on.
You can find local communities also at:
For more Drupal language-specific resources, see: Translation, multilanguage content and internationalization.