Recent estimates show at least 1.5 million websites run on Drupal, which calculates
to roughly two percent of all sites. Drupal is used to create personal, business,
government, and educational websites including high-profile ones such as
whitehouse.gov, duke.edu, and economist.com. Drupal adoption is following
a very positive trend; last year alone, the number of Drupal websites increased by
more than 33 percent.
Drupal's default installation is in English. But, as you'll soon see, it can be
configured to handle other languages as well. Creating a multilingual website
expands your audience, and studies have shown that users are more likely to
buy products and services on a website when content is presented in their native
language. Coupled with the fact that there are many more non-English native
speakers than English native speakers, you should see the full value of creating
a site that supports other languages.
After working through the book exercises, you will have the skills needed to create
a rich and robust multilingual Drupal 7 website. Enjoy!