Highlights from The Drupalist’s Recap: DrupalCon Portland 2024

Highlights from The Drupalist’s Recap DrupalCon Portland 2024

"The Drupalist’s Recap: DrupalCon Portland 2024," an engaging online session held on May 21, 2024, via Zoom, brought together prominent figures in the Drupal community. Dries Buytaert, the visionary founder and project lead of Drupal, and Tim Hestenes Lehnen, the CTO of the Drupal Association, led the discussion. This session offered a comprehensive overview of the significant highlights and key takeaways from DrupalCon Portland 2024, with a particular emphasis on the ambitious Drupal Starshot initiative.

Dries kicked off the session by discussing the current state and evolution of Drupal, emphasizing its widespread use as a content management system for various digital experiences. He noted that Drupal powers over 184,000 websites globally and is particularly prevalent in the enterprise segment. Dries also traced the growth of Acquia, which he co-founded, from a Drupal hosting platform to a comprehensive digital experience platform, now incorporating products like personalization tools and marketing automation platforms.

DrupalCon Portland 2024 Recap

Tim elaborated on the role of the Drupal Association, a non-profit organization supporting the global Drupal community. He highlighted the Association's activities, including managing infrastructure, organizing DrupalCon events, and focusing on product marketing and developer recruitment. Timothy underscored the importance of fostering and growing the Drupal community through these initiatives.

A significant portion of the session was dedicated to recapping DrupalCon Portland 2024, especially the Driesnote that unveiled the Drupal Starshot initiative.

"DrupalCon is the homecoming and heartbeat of the community."- Tim Lehnen

Drupal Starshot Initiative

The Drupal Starshot initiative aims to make Drupal more accessible and user-friendly, especially for junior developers and non-technical users. Dries explained that the initiative's goal is to simplify Drupal’s powerful features and improve the overall user experience. Key steps include refining the out-of-the-box experience, guiding users with best practices and pre-configured recipes, and enhancing documentation.

Dries shared a vision of Drupal Starshot as a new version of Drupal, referred to as "Drupal CMS," which will be built on top of Drupal core. This new version aims to provide a more intuitive and streamlined experience for users. A prototype video showcased features such as a modern navigation module, a redesigned installer experience, and an advanced page builder. These enhancements are designed to reduce the complexity of using Drupal and to attract more users by making it more approachable.

The session highlighted the collaborative efforts behind the Drupal Starshot initiative. Dries and Tim discussed how they have been working with Drupal core committers and the Drupal Association board to identify key focus areas: accelerating Drupal adoption, improving user sentiment, enhancing contributor sentiment, and driving innovation. These efforts involve breaking down the initiative into manageable parts and organizing certified Drupal partners to collaboratively build and refine the project.

Certified Partner Program

In addition to technical improvements, the session also addressed the importance of marketing and community engagement. Dries emphasized the need for fresh, consistent, and modern branding for Drupal to appeal to both existing users and new audiences. He unveiled a new brand design system, including updated colors and presentation styles, aimed at making Drupal more attractive and accessible.

The session concluded with announcements of upcoming DrupalCon events. DrupalCon Barcelona is scheduled for September 2024, followed by DrupalCon Singapore in December 2024, and DrupalCon North America in Atlanta in March 2025. These events will continue to serve as crucial platforms for community engagement, collaboration, and innovation within the Drupal ecosystem.

"The Drupalist's Recap: DrupalCon Portland 2024" provided a detailed overview of the significant developments and future directions for Drupal, highlighting the community's collective efforts to enhance the platform's usability, accessibility, and appeal.

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