Drupal.org blog: What’s new on Drupal.org? – October 2018

Read our Roadmap to understand how this work falls into priorities set by the Drupal Association with direction and collaboration from the Board and community.

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Drupal.org Updates

A new taxonomy for DrupalCon sessions

As you’ve seen if you clicked the link to the schedule above, events.drupal.org was updated to support session submission by tag, rather than track, earlier this year. This provides more flexibility in finding the content you’re interested in, and encourages sessions which cross the boundaries of traditional tracks.

Prototyping a new Try Drupal experience

In October we put together a visual prototype of our proposed revamp of the Try Drupal program. This includes a better, more targeted user experience for each persona, as well as the opportunity for more organizations to participate. More details will be shared soon as we get further along, but for a sneak preview you can review the operational update from our recent public board meeting.

Improving the experience of using Composer

In October significant progress was made on the initiative to Improve Drupal Core’s use of Composer. In particular, kicking off the primary issue for building this better support into Core, as well as moving the issue for supporting Semantic Versioning for Contrib from a plan to the implementation phase. These changes will improve the user experience for Drupal users with composer based workflows, and especially for Drupal users who start sites without Composer, and then switch to Composer based workflows. This also lays the groundwork for necessary steps for supporting the Drupal 9 roadmap.

Promote Drupal

Releasing the first draft of the Drupal Brand Book

In October, with the feedback of the Promote Drupal volunteer team, we developed and released the initial draft of the Drupal Brand book. This is one of the materials created by the Promote Drupal initiative, in order to unify the brand presentation for Drupal across agencies, internal sales, and regions. This will be updated with a vision statement for Drupal’s business strategy and market position.

Initial draft of Drupal brand book

A new Community Section

In October we also spent time creating a beta experience for a new Drupal.org/community landing page. This page focuses on the onboarding process, helping visitors identify their need and persona, so they can get to the segment of the community that is relevant to them. (Hint: this beta experience has since gone live!) If you have feedback about making the community portal better, you can leave your suggestions in the drupal_org_community issue queue.

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As always, we’d like to say thanks to all the volunteers who work with us, and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who make it possible for us to work on these projects. In particular, we want to thank:

  • Specbee*NEW* Premium Supporting Partner
  • EPAM – Renewing Premium Supporting Partner
  • Elevated Third – Renewing Premium Supporting Partner
  • Old Moon Digital*NEW* Classic Supporting Partner<
  • KWALL – Renewing Classic Supporting Partner
  • ANNAI – Renewing Classic Supporting Partner
  • Softescu – Renewing Classic Supporting Partner
  • SymSoft Solutions – Renewing Classic Supporting Partner
  • Vardot – Renewing Classic Supporting Partner
  • Forum One – Renewing Classic Supporting Partner
  • Berger Schmidt – Renewing Classic Supporting Partner
  • Catalyst IT – Renewing Classic Supporting Partner

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