Last week, I shared my State of Drupal presentation at Drupalcon Nashville. In addition to sharing my slides, I wanted to provide more information on how you can participate in the various initiatives presented in my keynote, such as growing Drupal adoption or evolving our community values and principles.
Drupal 8 update
During the first portion of my presentation, I provided an overview of Drupal 8 updates. Last month, the Drupal community celebrated an important milestone with the successful release of Drupal 8.5, which ships with improved features for content creators, site builders, and developers.
Drupal 8 continues to gain momentum, as the number of Drupal 8 sites has grown 51 percent year-over-year:
This graph depicts the number of Drupal 8 sites built since April 2015. Last year there were 159,000 sites and this year there are 241,000 sites, representing a 51 percent increase year-over-year.
Drupal 8's module ecosystem is also maturing quickly, as 81 percent more Drupal 8 modules have become stable in the past year:
This graph depicts the number of modules now stable since January 2016. This time last year there were 1,028 stable projects and this year there are 1,860 stable projects, representing an 81 percent increase year-over-year.
As you can see from the Drupal 8 roadmap, improving the ease of use for content creators remains our top priority:
This roadmap depicts Drupal 8.5, 8.6, and 8.7+, along with a column for "wishlist" items that are not yet formally slotted. The contents of this roadmap can be found at https://www.drupal.org/core/roadmap.
Four ways to grow Drupal adoption
Drupal 8 was released at the end of 2015, which means our community has had over two years of real-world experience with Drupal 8. It was time to take a step back and assess additional growth initiatives based on what we have learned so far.
In an effort to better understand the biggest hurdles facing Drupal adoption, we interviewed over 150 individuals around the world that hold different roles within the community. We talked to Drupal front-end and back-end developers, contributors, trainers, agency owners, vendors that sell Drupal to customers, end users, and more. Based on their feedback, we established four goals to help accelerate Drupal adoption.
Goal 1: Improve the technical evaluation process
Matthew Grasmick recently completed an exercise in which he assessed the technical evaluator experience of four different PHP frameworks, and discovered that Drupal required the most steps to install. Having a good technical evaluator experience is critical, as it has a direct impact on adoption rates.
To improve the Drupal evaluation process, we've proposed the following initiatives:
|Initiative||Issue link||Stakeholders||Initiative coordinator||Status|
|Better discovery experience on Drupal.org||Drupal.org roadmap||Drupal Association||hestenet||Under active development|
|Better "getting started" documentation||#2956879||Documentation Working Group||grasmash||In planning|
|More modern administration experience||#2957457||Core contributors||ckrina and yoroy||Under active development|