State of Drupal presentation (April 2017)

Drupal community

Last week, 3,271 people gathered at DrupalCon Baltimore to share ideas, to connect with friends and colleagues, and to collaborate on both code and community. It was a great event. One of my biggest takeaways from DrupalCon Baltimore is that Drupal 8's momentum is picking up more and more steam. There are now about 15,000 Drupal 8 sites launching every month.

I want to continue the tradition of sharing my State of Drupal presentations. You can watch a recording of my keynote (starting at 24:00) or download a copy of my slides here (108 MB).



The first half of my presentation provided an overview of Drupal 8 updates. I discussed why Drupal is for ambitious digital experiences, how we will make Drupal upgrades easier and why we added four new Drupal 8 committers recently.

The second half of my keynote highlighted the newest improvements to Drupal 8.3, which was released less than a month ago. I showcased how an organization like The Louvre could use Drupal 8 to take advantage of new or improved site builder (layouts video, workflow video), content author (authoring video) and end user (BigPipe video, chatbot video) features.

I also shared that the power of Drupal lies in its ability to support the spectrum of both traditional websites and decoupled applications. Drupal continues to move beyond the page, and is equipped to support new user experiences and distribution platforms, such as conversational user interfaces. The ability to support any user experience is driving the community's emphasis on making Drupal API-first, not API-only.

Finally, it was really rewarding to spotlight several Drupalists that have made an incredible impact on Drupal. If you are interested in viewing each spotlight, they are now available on my YouTube channel.

Thanks to all who made DrupalCon Baltimore a truly amazing event. Every year, DrupalCon allows the Drupal community to come together to re-energize, collaborate and celebrate. Discussions on evolving Drupal's Code of Conduct and community governance were held and will continue to take place virtually after DrupalCon. If you have not yet had the chance, I encourage you to participate.

Comments

Hershel (not verified):

Dries, as usual, you hit the bullseye. The ideas of ambitious digital experiences, easier upgrades and decoupled applications are key for Drupal's growth. The future of the internet is unknown, but we do know that it will include new user experiences and platforms that no one has yet thought of. We must be ready to be flexible to accommodate those. :)

Roger Nyman (not verified):

As always, an interesting and inspiring keynote to kick the big event. Well done, and thanks for all the time and energy spent!

Mateu (not verified):

As someone that made a living developing speech technologies before I did Drupal, I was excited to see the beautiful symbiosis they can play in the future. However I am a little bit concerned about the dominance that private companies are exercising on these technologies. I know for a fact that there is a lot of open source software behind the best solutions. There is not much that I can do myself to remediate that and put something together, I've been out of that world for a while already. Nevertheless I'd love to see Drupal's symbiotic companion in the open source world.

It was a great keynote, although I blushed hard with the video highlight 😳.

Herman (not verified):

This just amplifies that Drupal is big corporate only. It's almost impossible to sell it to a smaller client.

Very hard to explain why a high-end CMS lacks basic WYSIWYG functionality and are so far behind every other CMS when it comes to media management.

It still pays well to do Drupal but most Drupal devs I know (including me) looking for an exit strategy due to being abandoned by the leadership.

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