A look into 2017: Drupal 8 Trends

It’s been a year since Drupal 8 was released, and as we look back on the collective effort and the 3,300 core contributors that worked endlessly to make Drupal more flexible, innovative, scalable, and easier to use, it is clear how powerful the community's passion is.

As this year comes to a close, Drupal 8 is beginning to secure ultimate market position, achieving exceptional reach (time from 0 – 60,000 websites was 150% faster than that of Drupal 7) and unparalleled product richness (a new innovation model promising a new release every 6 months incorporating new features). 

Over the year, numerous organizations, from the NBA and Al Jazeera Media Network to the Government of Alabama have adopted Drupal 8 for its numerous capabilities and enhancements as a CMS.

Initiatives launched by the Drupal community throughout 2016 have also played a huge role in helping Drupal become the leading platform for assembling the world’s best digital experiences.

As 2017 approaches, we can expect numerous enhancements to the platform, as well as new development trends that will further leverage the versatility of the platform. With the release of Drupal 8.3.0 on the horizon, focused resources and high-priority collaboration among many stakeholders will result in breakthrough changes for Drupal. Some of the new features and initiatives you can expect to see over the coming year include:

  • Media Initiative: Authors and editors need simple drag-and-drop media and asset handling.
  • Workflow Initiative: Authors and editors need easy to use tools to share, review, approve, stage and collaborate on content before it is live.
  • Blocks and Layout Initiative: Site builders need intuitive tools to build pages, change layouts, and add & arrange blocks without live preview.
  • API First Initiative: Integrate with other systems, bring your content anywhere, display as you wish - one unified REST API in core.
  • Theme Component Library Initiative: Convert Drupal’s complex combination of templates and huge render arrays into a simple, structured tree of reusable components.
  • Data Modelling Tools Initiative: Delivering better digital experiences via contextualization (starting from primitive types) and creating cross-channel customer experiences through technology such as conversational interfaces to create spoken experiences. 
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