A Breakdown of Drupal Innovations


May 30, 2024 | Scott Weston

The Bounteous x Accolite team recently returned from DrupalCon North America 2024, in Portland, Oregon. The four-day event brought about 1,400 Drupal users to the Oregon Convention Center for keynotes, breakout sessions, and Contribution Day.

The event included several exciting announcements. Here are our six key takeaways from DrupalCon North America.

Drupal Starshot is Coming Soon

Announced during this year’s Driesnote, Starshot is a user-friendly, out-of-the-box Drupal experience. It’s a second official version of Drupal that will make Drupal more accessible and easy to use. It will likely be called “Drupal CMS”, and will be built on top of Drupal Core and common contributed models, and available as a separate download alongside Drupal Core. To learn more about Drupal Starshot, watch the Driesnote. To get involved with Drupal Starshot, register your interest or join the conversation in the #Starshot channel on Drupal Slack.

New Brand Refresh and Marketing Strategies Are on Deck

This Drupal brand refresh includes updated brand guidelines for consistency and a modern identity. There’s also a new marketing toolkit, including messaging guides, pitch decks, etc., which will be available on Drupal.org

Open Source and AI Have Many Benefits

The Day 2 keynote focused on the benefits of open source AI, including democratizing knowledge by fostering innovation through contributions and software iteration. Ultimately, this helps reduce costs, facilitates access for businesses and researchers, enhances competition, and leads to a richer pool of AI applications. 

Drupal 11 Release is Around the Corner

With a planned release around August 2024, Drupal 11 will be a refined version of Drupal 10. Features include: easier content modeling, streamlined content editing, faster real and perceived page performance, Single Directory Components (SDC) for UI component creation, and more.  

Drupal Will Reintroduce Project Browser

This initiative is a dedicated effort to simplify the Drupal experience for new and less technical users and will be released with Drupal 11. It will provide an intuitive and user-friendly solution for location and installing modules, and help create a seamless experience for newer users.  

Drupal Has Big Plans for The Bounty Program

This program encourages Drupal Association members to contribute to the Drupal Project through experiments. If the experiment has an impact on Drupal moving forward, it will be tweaked (if needed) and iterated upon. To learn more about the program, contact Alex Moreno.

If you were unable to attend DrupalCon North America 2024, you can catch recordings of the Driesnote and other key sessions here. You can also register for Acquia’s recap webinar on May 21.

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