Drupal at the Center

Customers engage with an organization's content and data across many different touch points, all with their own unique requirements. Users are no longer confined to the traditional avenues of websites or native mobile applications; customers can also connect to your brand through:

Conversational UIs


IoT Devices








API-First Drupal


How Decoupled Drupal Works

Decoupled Drupal (or headless Drupal) allows the developer to utilize any technology to render the front-end experience in lieu of the theming and presentation layers in Drupal. This process utilizes Drupal as a content service. The Drupal back end exposes content to other systems, such as native applications, JavaScript applications, and IoT devices.

Drupal also supports a robust offering of web services, including the core REST API, JSON API, and GraphQL, in addition to SDKs like Waterwheel.js (JavaScript) and Waterwheel.swift (Swift). This means that any system can consume content from Drupal with ease. 

See it in Action

Learn how Princess Cruises uses Drupal and Acquia Cloud to power a multitude of devices, including their mobile application [email protected], onboard digital signage, daily newsletter, and customized Drupal sites for each ship in the Princess fleet.

Decoupled Drupal 8 & Acquia Cloud

Learn how Acquia helped Boreal build a decoupled Drupal 8 architecture that offers customers an engaging experience, and brings the ski mountain to any device or screen and boosts sales and cuts bounces.

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Want to Learn More?

The Future of Decoupled Drupal

Read Dries Buytaert's blog on how Drupal offers a state-of-the-art platform for building projects that lie at the nexus between traditional content-rich websites and modern interaction-right web applications.

How Should You Decouple Drupal?

There is a lot of hype around decoupled architectures, so before embarking on a project, it is important to make a balanced analysis. Learn about the different ways that you could implement a decoupled architecture.

From Digital Experiences to Digital Ecosystems

Learn how Drupal 8’s improved API-first capabilities allow you to use the ever-powerful content management system not just for standalone digital experiences, but for entire digital ecosystems.

Create Once, Publish Anywhere

Hear from Acquia’s own Preston So and Jakub Suchy on how your organization can rely on Drupal as the platform for content distribution.

Decoupled Drupal and GraphQL

Watch this webinar to learn the origins of GraphQL and what it means for the future of decoupled Drupal.

Waterwheel: The Drupal SDK

Waterwheel is an Acquia software development kit (SDK) that helps developers build Drupal-backed applications in JavaScript.

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