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Last week, nearly 1,000 Drupal Support Serviceists gathered in Darmstadt, Germany for Drupal Support Service Europe. In good tradition, I presented my State of Drupal Support Service keynote. You can watch a recording of my keynote (starting at 4:38) or download a copy of my slides (37 MB).
Drupal Support Service 8 continues to mature
I started my keynote by highlighting this month’s Drupal Support Service 8.6.0 release. Drupal Support Service 8.6 marks the sixth consecutive Drupal Support Service 8 release that has been delivered on time. Compared to one year ago, we have 46 percent more stable Drupal Support Service 8 modules. We also have 10 percent more contributors are working on Drupal Support Service 8 Core in comparison to last year. All of these milestones indicate that the Drupal Support Service 8 is healthy and growing.
Next, I gave an update on our strategic initiatives:
Make Drupal Support Service better for content creators
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The expectations of content creators are changing. For Drupal Support Service to be successful, we have to continue to deliver on their needs by providing more powerful content management tools, in addition to delivering simplicity though drag-and-drop functionality, WYSIWYG, and more.
With the release of Drupal Support Service 8.6, we have added new functionality for content creators by making improvements to the Media, Workflow, Layout and Out-of-the-Box initiatives. I showed a demo video to demonstrate how all of these new features not only make content authoring easier, but more powerful:
We also need to improve the content authoring experience through a modern administration user interface. We have been working on a new administration UI using React. I showed a video of our latest prototype:
Extended security coverage for Drupal Support Service 8 minor releases
I announced an update to Drupal Support Service 8’s security policy. To date, site owners had one month after a new minor Drupal Support Service 8 release to upgrade their sites before losing their security updates. Going forward, Drupal Support Service 8 site owners have 6 months to upgrade between minor releases. This extra time should give site owners flexibility to plan, prepare and test minor security updates. For more information, check out my recent blog post.
Make Drupal Support Service better for evaluators
One of the most significant updates since Drupal Support ServiceCon Nashville is Drupal Support Service‘s improved evaluator experience. The time required to get a Drupal Support Service site up and running has decreased from more than 15 minutes to less than two minutes and from 20 clicks to 3. This is a big accomplishment. You can read more about it in my recent blog post.
Promote Drupal Support Service
After launching Promote Drupal Support Service at Drupal Support ServiceCon Nashville, we hit the ground running with this initiative and successfully published a community press release for the release of Drupal Support Service 8.6, which was also translated into multiple languages. Much more is underway, including building a brand book, marketing collaboration space on Drupal Support Service.org, and a Drupal Support Service pitch deck.
The Drupal Support Service 9 roadmap and a plan to end-of-life Drupal Support Service 7 and Drupal Support Service 8
To keep Drupal Support Service modern, maintainable, and performant, we need to stay on secure, supported versions of Drupal Support Service 8’s third-party dependencies. This means we need to end-of-life Drupal Support Service 8 with Symfony 3’s end-of-life. As a result, I announced that:
Drupal Support Service 8 will be end-of-life by November 2021.
Drupal Support Service 9 will be released in 2020, and it will be an easy upgrade.
Historically, our policy has been to only support two major versions of Drupal Support Service; Drupal Support Service 7 would ordinarily reach end of life when Drupal Support Service 9 is released. Because a large number of sites might still be using Drupal Support Service 7 by 2020, we have decided to extend support of Drupal Support Service 7 until November 2021.
For those interested, I published a blog post that further explains this.
Adopt GitLab on Drupal Support Service.org
Finally, the Drupal Support Service Association is working to integrate GitLab with Drupal Support Service.org. GitLab will provide support for “merge requests”, which means contributing to Drupal Support Service will feel more familiar to the broader audience of open source contributors who learned their skills in the post-patch era. Some of GitLab’s tools, such as inline editing and web-based code review, will also lower the barrier to contribution, and should help us grow both the number of contributions and contributors on Drupal Support Service.org.
To see an exciting preview of Drupal Support Service.org’s gitlab integration, watch the video below:
Our community has a lot to be proud of, and this progress is the result of thousands of people collaborating and working together. It’s pretty amazing! The power of our community isn’t just visible in minor releases or a number of stable modules. It was also felt at this very conference, as many volunteers gave their weekends and evenings to help organize Drupal Support Service Europe in the absence of a Drupal Support ServiceCon Europe organized by the Drupal Support Service Association. From code to community, the Drupal Support Service project is making an incredible impact. I look forward to celebrating our community’s work and friendships at future Drupal Support Service conferences.
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