A look into 2017: Drupal 8 Trends
As this year comes to a close, Drupal 8 is beginning to secure a strong market position, achieving exceptional reach (time from 0 – 60,000 websites was 150% faster than that of Drupal 7). Drupal 8 also saw unparalleled product richness, with 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 community throughout 2016 have also played a role in helping Drupal become the leading platform for assembling the world’s best digital experiences.
As 2017 approaches, we can expect numerous development trends and enhancements to the platform. With the release of Drupal 8.3.0 on the horizon, focused resources 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 simple tools to share, review, approve, and collaborate on content before it goes 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. A single 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 and creating cross-channel customer experiences through technology. One example is conversational interfaces to create spoken experiences.