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Sep 09 2021
Sep 09
Hello Friend of Drupal,

Our community is full of many compelling experiences, skills, and expertise to share, especially when it comes to Drupal. We’d love for you to share your knowledge at DrupalCon Portland 2022! 

Whether you’re a first-time speaker or a bit more seasoned, we invite you to submit a session for our first in-person DrupalCon in 3 years!
Our call for speakers is officially open now through 29 October.

As a speaker at DrupalCon, you will be part of an exciting network of individuals with diverse perspectives. All speakers will receive 50% off event registration, and a pool of scholarship funds is available for new and diverse speakers.

If you’re interested but unsure of where to start, check out our website’s proposal and presentation support.

(Photo by Paul Johnson)

Aug 03 2021
Aug 03

The 6th annual Drupal Business Survey 2021 is here! We are eager to hear about your vision and experiences on the business side of Drupal. Along with One Shoe and Exove, we are calling upon Drupal agency leaders worldwide to let their voice be heard in this sixth edition of the annual Drupal Business Survey.

Take part here

The pandemic as a catalyst for investments in digital?

Last years’ edition of the Drupal Business Survey indicated that the pandemic might accelerate the demand for digital projects (and Drupal). Therefore we included questions in this year's survey about business trends, challenges and we ask people about their business outlook for Drupal companies. With your input, we can gather new insights into important issues that Drupal business leaders are facing today. Read the 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017 and2016 reports for previous analyses.

Take the survey

Participation is completely anonymous and will take you less than 10 minutes. The responses will be used to generate anonymised, aggregate report about the state of the Drupal business ecosystem. The results and insights of this survey will be officially published on Drupal.org and presented at the Drupal CEO Virtual Drinks in October.

Apr 23 2021
Apr 23

Last week, Drupalists around the world gathered virtually for DrupalCon North America 2021.

In good tradition, I delivered my State of Drupal keynote. You can watch the video of my keynote, download my slides (244 MB), or read the brief summary below.

I gave a Drupal 9 and Drupal 10 update, talked about going back to our site builder roots, and discussed the need to improve Drupal's contributor experience.

Drupal 9 update

People are adopting Drupal 9 at a record pace. We've gone from 0 to 60,000 websites in only one month. In contrast, it took us seven months to reach the same milestone with Drupal 7, and three months for Drupal 8.

A chart that shows that Drupal 9 adoption is much faster than Drupal 7's and Drupal 8's With Drupal 8, after about 1.5 years, only a third of the top 50 Drupal modules were ready for Drupal 8. Now, only 10 months after the release of Drupal 9, a whopping 90% of top 50 modules are Drupal 9 ready. A chart that shows the Drupal 9 module ecosystem is pretty much ready

Drupal 10 update

Next, I spoke about the five big initiatives for Drupal 10, which are making progress:

  1. Decoupled menus
  2. Easy out of the box
  3. Automated updates
  4. Drupal 10 readiness
  5. New front-end theme initiative

I then covered some key dates for Drupal 9 and 10:

A timeline that shows Drupal 9.3 will be released in December 2021 and Drupal 10.0.0 in June 2022

Improving the site builder experience with a project browser

A Drupal robot staring in the distance along with a call to action to focus on the site builder experience

When I ask people why they fell in love with Drupal, most often they talk about feeling empowered to build ambitious websites with little or no code. In fact, the journey of many Drupalists started with Drupal's low-code approach to site building. It's how they got involved with Drupal.

This leads me to believe that we need to focus more on the site builder persona. With that in mind, I proposed a new Project Browser initiative. One of the first things site builders do when they start with Drupal is install a module. A Project Browser makes it easier to find and install modules.

If you're interested in helping, check out the Project Browser initiative and join the Project Browser Slack channel.

Modernizing Drupal.org's collaboration tools with GitLab

A small vessel sailing towards a large GitLab boat

Drupal has one of the largest and most robust development communities. And Drupal.org's collaboration tools have been key to that success.

What you might not know is that we've built these tools ourselves over the past 15+ years. While that made sense 10 years ago, it no longer does today.

Today, most Open Source communities have standardized on tools like GitHub and GitLab. In fact, contributors expect to use GitHub or GitLab when contributing to Open Source. Everything else requires too much learning.

For example, here is a quick video that shows of how easy it is to contribute to Symfony using GitHub:

Next, I showed how people contribute to Drupal. As you can see in the video below, the process takes much longer and the steps are not as clear cut.

(This is an abridged version of the full experience; you can also watch the full video.)

To improve Drupal's contributor experience, the Drupal Association is modernizing our collaboration tools with GitLab. So far, this has resulted in some great new features. However, more work is required to give new Drupalists an easier path to start contributing.

Please reach out to Heather Rocker, the Executive Director at Drupal Association, if you want to help support our GitLab work. We are looking for ways to expand the Drupal Association's engineering team so we can accelerate this work.

Drupal.org's goals for Gitlab along with positive attendee feedback in chat

Thank you

I'd like to wrap up with a thank you to the people and organizations who have contributed since we released Drupal 9 last June. It's been pretty amazing to see the momentum!

The names of the 1,152 individuals that contributed to Drupal 9 so farThe logos of the 365 organizations that contributed to Drupal 9 so far
Apr 08 2021
Apr 08

Our Diamond Sponsors

Acquia logo     Pantheon logo     Platform.sh logo

Drop into DrupalCon when it works for you 

Facing work deadlines? Competing priorities that won’t allow you to commit your entire day to a conference? We understand! DrupalCon 2021 is built with flexibility in mind. Each day will streamline 4 hours of live content, and the virtual setting will allow you to attend the sessions most relevant to you. Connect with others via chat, 1:1 networking, small group discussions, the hallway track, and social events. 

What’s more - DrupalCon participants will have exclusive access to the presentation recordings until the end of May! If you haven’t yet confirmed your participation, today is the perfect time to register for DrupalCon. It’s the best $245 investment you can make to advance your Drupal knowledge and connections.

Show your support through individual sponsorship

You can also help extend access to DrupalCon to others by becoming an individual sponsor. Your $400 donation includes registration for you to connect with the community at DrupalCon, learn from others, share your knowledge, and shape the future of Drupal, while also helping to remove financial barriers for others who would benefit from participating in DrupalCon.

As an individual sponsor, you’ll receive:

  • Recognition on DrupalCon’s Event Sponsors webpage
  • A badge that can be displayed on your Drupal.org profile and on social media
  • Recognition during DrupalCon
  • Community goodwill and #DrupalThanks for your support of Drupal

Thank you to our DrupalCon sponsors 

DrupalCon is an important gathering for our community and also serves as the primary source of funding for the Drupal Association. We are currently at 95% of our sponsorship budget, and your support can help us reach our goal! 

There are limited exhibition and branding opportunities still available! Don’t have the time to run a booth? Sponsor Women in Drupal or Trivia for great exposure and minimum effort! Contact [email protected] for more information.</span>

Thank you to the Individual Sponsors for your generosity and support!

  • Abdul Farooqui (abdulFarooqui), CTO, SymSoft Solutions, LLC
  • Benji Fisher (benjifisher), Fruition
  • Claudiu Cristea (claudiucristea), Drupal Consultant, Webikon SRL
  • Darren Oh (darren-oh), Drupal Engineer, Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • Duran Goodyear (alphex), Owner, Alphex Information Solutions
  • Elizabeth Krukosky (drupalwench), CEO & Developer, Cool Fire Inc
  • James Gilliland (neclimdul), Enterprise Architect, APQC
  • John Taylor (johndtaylor), Freelance
  • Joseph Krukosky (joekrukosky) CTO & Developer, Cool Fire Inc
  • Matt Schreiber (cws_matt), Developer, Complete Web Solutions
  • Nic Rodgers (nicrodgers), Head Tag Limited
  • Radzi Ismail, Manager, CREATIVE SIDE SDN. BHD.

  • Rich Gerdes (richgerdes), Senior Developer, Unleashed Technologies
  • Roman Paska (taran2l), Head of Web Development, Lemberg Solutions
  • Roy Vikovych, Business Development Manager, Lemberg Solutions
  • Ullrich Neiss (slowflyer), CEO, crowd-creation GmbH

Our Platinum Sponsors

                         
                        
          

Thank you to our newest sponsors supporting DrupalCon North America 2021!

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We’re here for you. Find answers to common DrupalCon questions in our FAQ.
Mar 24 2021
Mar 24

Our Diamond Sponsors
 

Acquia logo     Pantheon logo     Platform.sh logo

DrupalCon North America is only a few weeks away, and we’re adding new sessions daily to our already exciting lineup of keynotes, breakout discussions, skill-building sessions, and networking opportunities.

Browse this year’s scheduled sessions to create your personalized DrupalCon experience, tailored to your interests. Whether you’re a developer interested in building new skills, a marketer who wants to learn more about digital experiences and branding, or a Drupal user looking for insights on accessibility and inclusion, you’ll find a session to meet your needs.

New for 2021! Participation in industry summits is included in your DrupalCon ticket, and summits will be held throughout the month of April.

  • Take time to focus on your industry without missing out on DrupalCon content
  • Connect directly with colleagues and peers in your industry through chat, 1:1 networking, and other platform features
  • Get exclusive access to creative and flexible sessions, with the chance to join additional breakout groups and roundtable discussions
If you’re new to Drupal or DrupalCon, participating in a range of events is a great way to get to know the Drupal community and learn more about what’s possible with Drupal.

Register now to be part of DrupalCon 2021 and get access to all event content and the industry summits throughout April!

Centarro logoThank you to Pantheon for their continued support of DrupalCon North America 2021! Pantheon's mission is to make the web a first-class platform that delivers results. "Superpower Your Team With WebOps."

Last call for scholarships - 26 March application deadline


If you’d like to attend DrupalCon, but cost is a barrier, apply for a DrupalCon scholarship today. You’ll learn more about Drupal, build valuable skills, and connect with a supportive community of developers and Drupal users around the world. The deadline for scholarship applications is 26 March. Apply today.

We’re also looking for scholarship mentors—people who have attended DrupalCon in the past and can help new DrupalCon participants get the most out of the experience. Mentors help provide a warm welcome to the community. 

Register for DrupalCon and sign up to be a scholarship mentor today.

Elevated Third logoB2B Strategy, Meet Drupal. Thank you to Elevated Third for their DrupalCon North America Platinum sponsorship. Elevated Third is a digital agency that blends strategic thinking with technical doing to solve enterprise B2B problems.

Celebrate 20 years of Drupal at DrupalFest events throughout April

DrupalFest 2021 logoJoin the global Drupal community in celebrating 20 years of community-led, open source innovation at DrupalFest events—from training workshops to virtual happy hours. Most DrupalFest events will be hosted online, by people within the Drupal community, and are free to join. 

Browse confirmed events, and join your fellow Drupal enthusiasts in celebrating community, collaboration, connection, and two decades of positive impacts made possible by Drupal.

Have an idea for a DrupalFest event you’d like to host? Submit it here.

Whether you’re looking for premium branding, speaking engagements, or a virtual booth, there’s still time to sponsor DrupalCon North America.


Hear why Gold Sponsor, Amazee.io, is sponsoring

We’re proud to sponsor and to continue our support of DrupalCon North America – especially this being Drupal’s 20th anniversary year. Our sponsorship helps us to build brand awareness, connect with potential clients, source new leads, and boost our employer-brand in order to attract new talent."

This is your chance to highlight your business as an important part of the largest annual gathering of Drupal talent, experts, agencies, and users. Sponsorships start at just $4,050 - contact [email protected] for more information.

Register now!


Register for DrupalCon now for access to valuable information, the chance to build new skills, and connections you can build on after the event. 
 

Our Platinum Sponsors

                         
                        
          

Thank you to our newest sponsors supporting DrupalCon North America 2021!

Have a question?


We’re here for you. Find answers to common DrupalCon questions in our FAQ.
Mar 17 2021
Mar 17

Our Diamond Sponsors
 

Acquia logo     Pantheon logo     Platform.sh logo
DrupalCon North America 2021 is less than a month away, and we’re excited to announce the program! Explore the confirmed sessions, register to participate, and start to plan your DrupalCon adventure. 

The keynotes offer exclusive opportunities to hear from leaders in Drupal and open source about issues and ideas that impact Drupal developers and users around the world.

Here’s a look at this year’s keynote lineup.

Sheree Atcheson, Global Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Peakon
Allyship—the key to unlocking the power of diversity
Monday 12 April, 12:10 - 12:40 EDT

Sheree Atcheson, an industry-leading voice on diversity and inclusion in tech, will talk about the importance of intersectional allyship in creating inclusive environments and technology. She’ll offer tips on how everyone in any role can actively consider, champion, and advocate for others in their work and be more inclusive in their day-to-day lives.

Dries Buytaert, Founder, Drupal
Driesnote
Wednesday, 14 April, 12:30 - 13:50 EDT

A much-anticipated highlight of DrupalCon, Drupal founder Dries Buytaert will deliver his annual talk on the state of the Drupal project now and his thoughts on what’s next. Don’t miss it!

Photo by Amazee Labs from DrupalCon Nashville 2018

Stuart Keroff, Social Studies and Technology Teacher, Aspen Academy
School needs open source, now more than ever
Friday, 16 April, 14:20 - 14:50 EDT

Technology educator Stuart Keroff, founder of the first two middle school Linux clubs in Minnesota, has spent the last 10 years guiding middle school students to use open source as a tool to close the digital divide in education. He and his students will share how they used open source software to recycle computers for their fellow students during COVID-19 school closures.
Tuesday - Friday of DrupalCon will begin with keynotes sessions focused on the Project’s strategic initiatives. More information below. 

Learn more about DrupalCon keynote speakers and sessions.

Centarro logoThank you to Centarro for being a Platinum DrupalCon North America sponsor! Centarro (formerly Commerce Guys) is the company behind Drupal Commerce, an eCommerce platform uniquely suited to cross-border commerce, B2C + B2B sales, & tailor-made REST APIs.

Explore contribution opportunities at DrupalCon

Along with DrupalCon sessions, discussion groups, and skill-building opportunities, each day of this year’s event will focus on one of the Drupal Project’s strategic initiatives. You’ll begin the day with a keynote on the featured initiative, find out how it will make more exciting digital experiences possible, and have the opportunity to participate in mentored contributions following the live content at DrupalCon, where you can be part of accelerating the initiative’s success. All participants are welcome, with or without technical experience!

 

Here’s a look at the specific initiatives we’ll focus on each day.

Decoupled Menu Day

Decoupled Menus Day
Tuesday, 13 April

This initiative is focused on developing an easy-to-integrate solution for JavaScript front ends to consume configurable menus managed in Drupal. Learn what’s been accomplished so far and how you can help move the initiative forward. Drupal mentors will be on hand to help contributors with coding, writing, and testing activities. Learn more 
Easy Out of the Box Day

Easy Out of the Box Day

Wednesday, 14 April 

This initiative is designed to improve upon Drupal 9 features and enable new features that can make Drupal even easier to use. Learn more
Automated Updates Day

Automated Updates Day

Thursday, 15 April 

This initiative is all about implementing a secure system for automatically deploying safe, secure updates for Drupal sites—a crucial enhancement for Drupal service providers and end users that could create other exciting new possibilities for the future. Learn more
Drupal 10 Readiness Day

Drupal 10 Readiness Day

Friday, 16 April

This initiative is our effort to update and enhance the platform to enable a smooth, secure transition to Drupal 10, which launches in 2022. Learn more
Tag1 logoWe're grateful to Tag1 Consulting for their Platinum DrupalCon North America sponsorship! Tag1 is a global technology consulting firm that specializes in architecting, optimizing, securing, and delivering large scale systems.. 

Whether you’re looking for premium branding, speaking engagements, or a virtual booth, there’s still time to sponsor DrupalCon North America.


Hear why Platinum Sponsor, Acro Media, is sponsoring for the 6th year in a row - 

“Our Drupalcon sponsorship investment each year continues to provide value in the form(s) of sharing and gaining knowledge, building relationships and partnerships within the community, and meeting potential new clients. Acro Media has been a proud Drupalcon sponsor for a number of years and 2021 is no different. We greatly appreciate the effort the Drupal Association has taken to create an interactive virtual experience for 2021 and we are excited to participate.” 

This is your chance to highlight your business as an important part of the largest annual gathering of Drupal talent, experts, agencies, and users. Sponsorships start at just $4,050 - contact [email protected] for more information.

Tag1 logoThank you to Phase 2 Technology for their continued support at DrupalCon North America! For the last 20 years, Phase2 has been at the center of the digital ecosystem, integrating processes, people, and systems.
Tag1 logoPalantir is a full-service digital consultancy that works to strengthen humanity by helping others discover, create, and share knowledge. Thank you, Palantir, for being a Platinum sponsor at DrupalCon North America!

Our Platinum Sponsors

                         
                        
          

Have a question?


We’re here for you. Find answers to common DrupalCon questions in our FAQ.
Mar 10 2021
Mar 10

Our Diamond Sponsors
Acquia logo     Pantheon logo     Platform.sh logo

Join us for the Driesnote and the latest on all things Drupal

Register now to attend the much-anticipated Driesnote on April 14 at 12:30 EDT. Participants will be the first to hear what’s happening with the Drupal project and where it’s going next from Drupal founder, Dries Buytaert. The Driesnote is a highlight of DrupalCon for members of the Drupal community, the wider tech industry, and anyone interested in open source. You don’t want to miss it!

When can you hear from Dries at DrupalCon? 

  • Welcome to DrupalCon: Monday, April 12, 11:00 EDT
  • Driesnote: Wednesday, April 14, 12:30 EDT
  • Driesnote Q&A: Wednesday, April 14, 14:00 EDT
  • Q&A with the Drupal Association staff and board: Thursday, April 15, 12:15 EDT
Register for DrupalCon today to get exclusive live access to the Driesnote.
Acquia logoThank you Acquia for your long-standing Diamond sponsorship. A hearty congratulations for being named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for #DXP for Open Digital Experience Platform!

Become a DrupalCon North America ambassador when you register

When you register for DrupalCon, make sure to join our ambassador program by clicking “generate my code” on the registration confirmation screen.
Each time you refer a friend who registers using your ambassador’s code, you’ll be entered into a drawing for free registration to DrupalCon North America 2022. The ambassadors with the most referrals will be recognized at DrupalCon this April. 
Acquia logoWe are thrilled to have Velir as a new Platinum sponsor. Velir has over 20 years of experience partnering with mission-driven clients to help them better engage their audiences and accomplish their digital goals.

Become a DrupalCon sponsor before March 15 and reach our global Drupal community

As a DrupalCon sponsor, you’ll connect with a global community of developers, marketers and leaders — people who want to learn about what you’re doing with Drupal and have their own experiences and expertise to share. Be part of the largest annual gathering of Drupal talent, experts, agencies, and users - but hurry - sponsorship sign-ups close on March 15th!  Sponsorships start at just $4,050. Contact [email protected] for more information.
Acquia logoThank you to Platinum sponsor FFW for their continued support. FFW is a global digital agency that partners with multinational brands to define, build, & optimize Digital Experience Platforms (DXP) that drive results.

Our Platinum Sponsors

                          
                             
             

Thank you to our newest sponsors supporting DrupalCon North America 2021!

Have a question?


We’re here for you. Find answers to common DrupalCon questions in our FAQ.
Mar 03 2021
Mar 03

 

Sheree Atcheson photoWe’re thrilled to announce one of our confirmed keynote speakers for DrupalCon North America 2021! Sheree Atcheson, an award-winning leader, author, and frequent speaker on diversity and inclusion in the tech industry will deliver a presentation on Monday, April 12 titled: Allyship—The Key to Unlocking the Power of Diversity.

Atcheson will talk about one crucial way everyone can play a role in making our work environments and technology more inclusive: intersectional allyship. She’ll discuss how we can consider, champion, and advocate for the needs of others through all of our processes, and offer useful tips on how to become a more inclusive person in your own day-to-day life.

Atcheson is Global Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Peakon, an advisory board member with Women Who Code, and author of Demanding More: Why Diversity and Inclusion Don’t Happen, and What You Can Do About It. 

Hear her speak on Monday, April 12 at 12:10 pm EDT (UTC -4).

Acro Media logo
Thank you to Acro Media for being a DrupalCon Platinum Sponsor! Acro Media is a full-service Drupal agency specializing in complex commerce solutions. Find out more by visiting their website.

Submit an event for DrupalFest: April 1 - 30

DrupalFest iconHave an idea for how to celebrate Drupal’s 20th birthday? We’re looking for submissions from within the community for DrupalFest, held online throughout the month of April. DrupalFest is a series of free, virtual events focused on community, contribution, and the positive impacts Drupal has made possible. Submit your ideas for virtual Drupal contribution events, skill-building workshops, and fun ways to come together and celebrate online.

Explore event ideas, and submit your own event. 

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"Enterprise Drupal, Simply Delivered." Thank you to ImageX for being a Platinum Sponsor of DrupalCon. ImageX is an award-winning web agency whose clients include Apple, Samsung, Stanford University, and YMCA.

Nominate a Drupal contributor for the 2021 Aaron Winborn Award

The annual Aaron Winborn Award recognizes an individual who demonstrates personal integrity, kindness, and above-and-beyond commitment to the Drupal community. The award includes a scholarship for the winner to attend DrupalCon, as well as recognition prior to the Driesnote. 

If you know of someone who has made a big impact in their local or regional community, or on the global Drupal community, let us know!

We’re accepting nominations until March 19, 2021, and the winner will be selected by a committee made up of members of our Community Working Group (CWG) as well as past award winners. (Current members of the CWG and past award winners are not eligible for nomination.)</span>

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Mediacurrent, thank you for your Platinum sponsorship! Mediacurrent strongly believes in open source principles, contributing code & sharing knowledge to strengthen the Drupal community.
Register today, get swag

Register today, get swag

The first 30 participants to register for DrupalCon in the next 24 hours will receive a bonus $15 credit to the Drupal Swag Shop. You can use your credit toward the purchase of the official DrupalCon North America gear -- coming soon -- or anything else sold in the Drupal Swag Shop.

Become a DrupalCon sponsor and reach our global Drupal community

Show your support for Drupal while getting your brand and business in front of thousands of the world’s top Drupal contributors, influencers, and organizations. Sponsorship packages start at $4,050.

Contact us today to learn about DrupalCon sponsorship opportunities.

Our Diamond Sponsor
 

Acquia logo

Our Platinum Sponsors

                          
                             
             

Thank you to our newest sponsors supporting DrupalCon North America 2021!

Have a question?


We’re here for you. Find answers to common DrupalCon questions in our FAQ.
Feb 25 2021
Feb 25

Learn about DrupalCon focus areas and ways you can contribute at the all-virtual event.

Feb 18 2021
Feb 18

Advance the Drupal project and make Drupal 10 a success

DrupalCon North America will incorporate Drupal's strategic goals and contribution opportunities into the main event programming. As part of your DrupalCon experience, you will have the ability to deep dive into a specific initiative or participate in more general conference programming.

As we look forward to the launch of Drupal 10 in 2022, we’re supporting opportunities for all DrupalCon participants—of all levels of experience—to contribute to this next phase of the platform.

Here’s what to expect:

Each day of DrupalCon will begin with a keynote presentation focused on a strategic initiative related to Drupal 10. You’ll learn about each initiative’s goals and see how it will help all of us create even better, more engaging digital experiences.

Throughout each day, you’ll then have the chance to join sessions that will help participants of all professional backgrounds and skill sets learn:

  • How the initiative works
  • How it will enable more exciting digital experiences
  • How to sell those experiences to clients
  • How Drupal community members can contribute to the initiative’s success
In the latter part of each day, you’ll have the option to participate in contribution activities designed for participants with or without technical experience, with support from Drupal leaders and mentors.

If you’re already working on a contribution team, you’ll have the chance to continue your work at DrupalCon and share your experiences and lessons learned with the wider Drupal community via the hashtag #DrupalContribution.</span>

Feb 09 2021
Feb 09

Call for content closes February 14

Submit your proposal to host a short, interactive session, and share what you know with the Drupal community. 

All sessions will be virtual this year, and facilitators and presenters will get free registration for the entire conference. We strongly encourage submissions from facilitators and presenters who have been marginalized due to racism, misogyny, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination.

We’re looking for ideas related to, but not limited to, the following topic areas:

  • Drupal Community Health
  • Content & Marketing
  • Core Contributions
  • Development & Coding
  • DevOps
  • Drupal and Open Source 101
  • Drupal Showcase
  • Leadership, Management, & Business
  • Site Building
  • User Experience, Accessibility & Design
Learn more about session topics and submission guidelines.  

If you’d like to lead a deeper dive into topics related to your industry, submit a presentation for one of our industry summits, held virtually throughout the month of April:

  • Tuesday, April 6: Drupal Community Summit
  • Tuesday, April 20: Higher Education Summit
  • Thursday, April 22: Healthcare Summit
  • Tuesday, April 27: Nonprofit Summit
  • Thursday, April 29: Government Summit

Learn, Connect, Build

DrupalCon North America is the largest DrupalCon event of the year, held virtually this year from April 12–16, from 11:00 am - 3:00pm Eastern (UTC -5). 

In keynote presentations, hands-on skill-building workshops, breakout discussions, and interactive sessions, you’ll:

Learn Drupal best practices, new skills, and innovative strategies you can use in your own projects.

Connect with others in the Drupal community, growing your network, and collaborating on ways to make the platform even better. 

Build your career or business, with opportunities to showcase your own work and meet potential employers, clients, talent, and partners.</span>

Gain visibility with targeted engagement opportunities 

Become a DrupalCon sponsor to reach thousands of the world's top Drupal contributors, influencers, and organizations. Sponsorship packages start at $4,050. 
Contact us today to learn about DrupalCon sponsorship opportunities.

Our Diamond Sponsor
 

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Our Platinum Sponsors

                          
                             

Have a question?


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Feb 02 2021
Feb 02

 

Don’t miss your last chance to register for DrupalCon at the early bird rate


Tomorrow, February 3, is the final opportunity to register for DrupalCon North America 2021 at the discounted rate.

Whether you’re new to Drupal or have been attending DrupalCon for years, you won’t want to miss this year’s all-virtual event. In keynote presentations, hands-on workshops, breakout discussion groups, and interactive sessions, you’ll connect with a global community of developers, marketers, and leaders — people who want to learn about what you’re doing with Drupal and have their own expertise to share. 

Dive deeper into issues related to your industry and share insights with peers in your field at a DrupalCon summit. Participation in industry summits are included this year with your DrupalCon ticket. Dates are spread throughout the month of April so you don't have to miss a thing. 

Feb 01 2021
Feb 01

 

Join us for an all-virtual DrupalCon 2021

Join us for DrupalCon 2021, the world’s premier gathering of Drupal enthusiasts and experts. Build your skills, learn more about what Drupal can do, celebrate successes and collaborate to improve and grow the open source platform the world relies on every single day. 

This year’s all-virtual event, April 12-16, is designed to fit into your schedule, so you can still participate in the conference while balancing work and life at home. 

Buy your ticket before 11:59 p.m. ET (UTC -5) on February 3 to get the early bird rate and save $50 on admission.

Your ticket includes access to:

  • Keynote presentations, hands-on workshops, breakout discussion groups, and interactive sessions April 12-16, with live programming held from 11 a.m. through 3 p.m. ET (UTC -5) each day
  • DrupalCon industry summits, held throughout the month of April, with deeper dives into the following areas:
    • Drupal Community, April 6
    • Libraries, April 8
    • Higher Education, April 20
    • Healthcare, April 22
    • Nonprofit, April 27
    • Government, April 29

Volunteers help make DrupalCon possible, contributing their time, talent and skills. Explore all the different ways you can contribute — even if you’re not a developer.

Download the DrupalCon Contribution Opportunities Guide to learn more.

Call for content: Share your experience and expertise with the Drupal community


Lead a fireside chat, skill-sharing session, birds of a feather discussion group or interactive workshop. We’re looking for engaging program content that helps everyone in the Drupal community learn, grow and feel inspired to do more with Drupal.

Possible content topics include:

  • Community Health
  • Content and Marketing
  • Development and Coding
  • DevOps
  • Drupal and Open Source 101
  • Drupal Showcase
  • Leadership, Management and Business
  • Site Building
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And these are just a starting point. If you’ve got a creative idea for a session topic or format, we’d love to hear it. We’re especially interested in ideas that help everyone break out of their daily Zoom fatigue, e.g., sessions focused on creative exercises, art, collaboration or movement.

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Learn more about the call for content and submit today! The session submission deadline is Sunday, February 14 at 11:59 pm EST (UTC -5). Send questions about DrupalCon (session submission process, logistics, etc.) to the DrupalCon team. Get tips and request proposal feedback anytime in the #session-help Slack channel.

A note from our fabulous 2020 program committee:

“Imposter syndrome” — something we seem to be hearing about more often. Not familiar with the term? Gill Corkindale defines imposter syndrome beautifully in Harvard Business Review

Imposter syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. ‘Imposters’ suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence. High achieving, highly successful people often suffer, so imposter syndrome doesn’t equate with low self-esteem or a lack of self-confidence. In fact, some researchers have linked it with perfectionism, especially in women and among academics.

In 1978 clinical psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes came up with the term “imposter phenomenon” after recognizing a pattern of feelings in graduate students. Through this research they created the Clance Impostor Phenomenon Scale (CIPS), which helps individuals evaluate their level of imposterness.

Many times, when a person considers presenting in front of an audience, imposter syndrome comes, too. We’ve chatted as a committee and have come up with a few thoughts to share. 

Why is this relevant to you?

Do any of the following sound like something you might say?

  • Everyone else around me knows so much more than I do
  • I’m not sure why [potential employer] would hire me when [someone else] is available
  • If I ask or talk about this, everyone will realize that I don’t know as much as they think I do
  • [Another Drupaler] is far more qualified than me to teach this subject
  • I should offer a discount for this job because I’m not as good at this as [insert someone else’s name here]


Chances are pretty high that, if you are reading this post at all, you are party to this pattern. Why do we feel confident making this assumption? Because you are curious enough to submit that you are paying attention to the resources, but you feel that you need to prepare yourself with more information before doing so. The very fact that you are interested in submitting content means that you have something valuable to share. And we want you to submit, as we want and need your voice.

The worst that can happen: your proposal is not accepted. Even then, however, you and your unique ideas are now top of mind for a collection of Drupalers, and our own journeys are anecdotal evidence of this directly translating into impact, personal growth and future opportunities.

And consider this: you probably think of the session selection team as experts in the field because someone thought we should be part of this team and invited us to join, right? Well, how is it that we are capable of writing this post if we are such hotshots? Frankly, because we have these thoughts every day. We are not hotshots, but simply people who took the scary step to put ourselves out there even though we doubted ourselves.

How does imposter syndrome come into play at DrupalCon?

It is common for Drupalers to think that whatever they may have to share is status quo and everyone knows it, but if you start asking around, everyone is always looking for better solutions. It is highly unlikely that two people will approach similar challenges exactly the same way, and your “basic” talk idea might be exactly what dozens or hundreds of people need in order to level-up their Drupal skills.

True story from one of our session team members: in 2010 Rain, then fairly new to Drupal, submitted “Views Demystified” because the very basic chapter on Views from Angie Byron (webchick) and Addison Berry (add1sun)’s book, Using Drupal, saved her hundreds of hours building Drupal sites. Rain figured it wouldn’t be accepted or attended because of course everyone else knew Views, but she submitted anyway.

This very simple beginner talk not only landed hundreds of attendees at the Con and was directly requested for many camps and meetups for years following, but it also had a lasting impact on many. To date, after nearly a decade, Rain continues to encounter people who tell her this talk changed their Drupal-lives.

When preparing your submission, think about what would be useful if you were in the audience of a potential session. If it’s useful to you, then someone else wants to learn about it too. Not every session has to be something new or cutting-edge; sometimes the most obvious topics are the ones people need most! 

Your idea, no matter how basic it seems, might be that key talk for future generations of Drupalers. 

Overcoming imposter syndrome in the moment

Imposter syndrome can also make presenting feel scary, especially when things don’t quite go as planned. 

Shaky Wi-Fi connection from an unanticipated windstorm? Dog decides to create a symphony with a siren? Mishaps happen. It’s helpful to acknowledge that things go wrong—it’s normal! You are supportive and have patience when mishaps happen to others, so show yourself patience. At DrupalCon in particular, remember that much of the audience have been speakers themselves. They understand and are rooting for you!

Don’t let it bother you if an audience member leaves or sign-off, there could be any reason for this. Perhaps they have an emergency to tend to, someone scheduled a meeting that overlaps with part of your presentation, or they realized the content wasn’t quite what they were looking for and they’d like to make another session instead. This is not a reflection of you, or your speaking. Focus on the people who are there and engaged.

If it all goes awry, be honest! If you’re nervous, say so. If you need help, ask for it. A session host will be there to support you and can help stimulate conversation with the participants while you adjust your slides or microphone. Team up with a friend and co-present. This tends to take some pressure off each person, and provides at least one guaranteed familiar face.

You’ve got this

If you’re feeling a dose of imposter syndrome, perhaps that means you’re surrounding yourself with people who motivate and challenge you. That’s admirable! 

Some powerful advice from Megan Dalla-Camina’s article in Psychology Today:

At the end of the day, remember this: You are here for a reason. In this job, your business, your life, you are worthy. You are better than you think you are. You are smarter than you think you are. You know more than you give yourself credit for. Remember that. And remind yourself as often as you need to.

Remember, you’ve got this!

Contributed by Esther Lee and Rain Breaw Michaels.

Jan 21 2021
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Hello Drupal Association Member,
Last month, we completed the contract negotiations needed to pivot once again from the planned in-person conference to a virtual experience. With DrupalCon North America 2021 rapidly approaching on April 12-16, we are working hard to design an optimal online experience for our community and beyond. Our goals for the event include: bringing people together to share thought leadership around open source and ambitious digital experiences, providing professional development opportunities, and invigorating Drupal project momentum through education and contribution. 
Come together and contributeDrupalCon is enhanced through the time and talent contributed by volunteers, and we offer a number of opportunities to influence and support the design and implementation of the event. We’ve put together an overview of the volunteer opportunities for your review and consideration. If one or more of the roles aligns with your interests and availability, submit your interest form. If you’d like to be a member of the Program Committee, Summit Committee, or Marketing Committee, please be sure to submit your interest form no later than Friday, January 29, 2021. 
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Dec 18 2020
Dec 18

Posted on behalf of One Shoe and Exove

What is the vision of Drupal business leaders all around the world on Drupal in 2020? For the fifth year in a row Drupal agencies One Shoe and Exove, together with the Drupal Association, investigated how Drupal company leaders experience the current Drupal business ecosystem. Of course, the year 2020 is marked by the effects of the coronavirus but there’s much more to say about doing Drupal business.

Characteristics of the participants

This year, 83 people participated in the Drupal Business Survey. Out of all the participants, nearly 70 % had a CEO/CTO/COO role in their company. Other roles represented in this survey are mainly founders (15.7%), and Directors (7,2%). 

Map

A majority of the Drupal centric businesses that participated in the survey are located in Europe (49,5%). The rest is located in:

  • North America (33%)
  • South America (3,7%)
  • Asia (12,8%) 
  • Africa (3,7%)

Almost half of the respondents were digital agencies, 20,5% software companies and 18,1% consulting agencies. As we can see from the graph below, most of the respondents are small to midsize companies. The majority of the companies that participated in the survey have been in business for over 8 years. Nearly 40% of all the respondents have been in business for over 14 years. 

We could therefore say that the opinions and experiences of people in this survey are based on years of experience with Drupal business!

Company size
Covid-19 impacts Drupal businesses in various ways

As this year comes to a close, we can only conclude that 2020 turned out differently than expected. It brought company leaders new challenges and opportunities. Generally, we can conclude (for now) that the impact of COVID-19 may be less than initially anticipated and entrepreneurs keep doing excellent Drupal business.

In the survey we asked Drupal agency leaders about their challenges and successes of this year. Many participants cited the coronavirus and its consequences as their top challenge: 

Greatest Challenges

15% of the respondents named 'Covid-19 in general' as the main challenge without further explanation. To provide more detailed information, we have broken down the answers that provide better insight into the impact of the coronavirus on businesses:

  • Covid-19 affecting client projects (13%)

In some cases, the coronavirus outbreak has had an impact on clients and their projects. One leader tells us in the survey: “[Our biggest challenge this year was] covid and seeing a couple of our sectors getting hammered. Seeing projects put on the shelf, cancelled, etc“ But it does not always lead to this. Another participant tells: “We experience uncertainty around some client's future budgets. This has not resulted in any major reductions though.”

  • Covid-19 forces remote working (10%)

Working remotely is, and remains, a major challenge for a lot of companies. “Moving to 100% remote after the pandemic [was the biggest challenge]”. Someone else mentions “remote selling” specifically as a challenge. 

  • Covid-19 affecting (mental) health of employees (8.8%)

It won’t be surprising that another big challenge was “Staff falling ill with covid and/or having children at home so staff is pressured and unable to work”. It’s worth mentioning, though, that many company leaders indicate that covid-19 has a great impact on the mental well-being of their staff but at the same time they are very proud of their team. “We have kept our team together during the covid storm” says one leader in response to the question what their greatest success of the last 12 months is. Another one said: “[Our greatest success is] Outstanding leadership from the senior technical team members (non-exec level).” “Maintaining high morale and supportive culture” someone else adds. 

Many Drupal businesses do thrive in 2020

Doing Drupal business in 2020 is not only about facing challenges - not at all. 
Many participants told us their companies thrived even despite (or due to) the effects of the coronavirus. 

Greatest successes

20% of the answers when asked about greatest success are about thriving despite Covid-19:
“We make it through the COVID months relatively well financially after pivoting to clients who luckily benefited from COVID (increased business).” Another agency leader adds: “[Our greatest success is] navigating my company successfully through a world pandemic with results that exceed the pre-covid prognosis!”.

The pandemic as a catalyst for investments in digital

What’s the success factor of these kinds of Drupal companies? Based on people’s comments, it seems there is a rapid digital adoption driven by covid-19: “[We see] increased demand due to companies going more digital during the pandemic”. Another one tells: “We launched a covid-19 site for a major healthcare client.” And: “We've won our biggest Drupal contract ever. We successfully launched our largest ever project despite coinciding with the early days of lockdown. We are educating our clients that the pandemic should be seen as a catalyst for investment in digital.”  

Another big success is launching successful Drupal projects (20%), such as: “We launched a big popular Drupal site (8.x) for German Government with integration (backend) of services” and “We have been building bigger and more complex websites with Drupal.” 

These findings correlate directly with the answers to the questions about the project pipeline, deal size, and win rate.

Pipeline Development

In the graph above you can see that Drupal project deal size has grown more in comparison with project pipeline or win rates. One business leader explains why: “We choose clients more carefully, because of that average deal size has grown significantly. On the other hand due to the more aggressive competitors sales, we have lost quite many large deals.” What this shift could mean for the future according to one respondent? “The traditional smaller scale Drupal projects are dwindling, of less value. The future is in large scale projects where Drupal is a component of a larger architecture.” Another one mentions the public sector as a profitable one: “Drupal has been "in vogue" in our market right now, especially in the public sector. We see a lot more RFQs compared to last year, and a lot of them are quite sizable.”

The project deal size growth is a very positive indicator and well in line with the Drupal’s growth to the enterprise market. As a part of the sales cost is always fixed and not dependent on the size of the deal, this will lead to bigger margins that will help the companies to develop themselves further.

Expectations for growth from 2021 onwards

The outlook for 2021 and onwards looks positive based on the survey answers. Despite the situation with COVID-19, almost half of the companies expect their business and on-going project situation to improve in the near future.

Only around 20% of the companies expect the situation to weaken in the forthcoming months, and only a fraction of them significantly. This resonates well with the earlier findings of the pandemia accelerating the need for digital services. Drupal being a versatile and flexible platform is gettings its fair share of the positive market development.

Business Impact

Profitable Drupal industries

So, Drupal business is still doing quite well. But in which industries? Each year the Drupal Business Survey asks respondents in which industries their company operates. This is the top 10 of 2020:

Top ten industries

The most popular industry for Drupal projects is the same as in 2019: the Educational sector. With 61,4% this is the sector with the most Drupal projects. It should be noted that “Education” was added to the survey in 2019 and thus 2017 and 2018 show it blank. This is followed by Charities & Non-Profit (55.4%) and Government & Public Administration (50.6%). 

However, if you compare all the industries over the years, the number of Drupal projects in the Charities & Non Profit decreased significantly. This also counts for the Arts & Culture industry. The Drupal platform is evolving towards the higher end of the spectrum with each release adding new sophisticated features. This causes the project sizes to grow which explains the drop in industries that cannot invest heavily on digital platforms. Also, Arts & Culture has been hit by coronavirus this year.

Top ten industries

Reasons for clients to choose Drupal, or not

Why is Drupal so often chosen for digital projects? When clients have previously worked with Drupal, they often choose the framework again (60% of the answers). It showcases the fact that Drupal is a good tool for solving their business problems.

It also appears that the consultancy role of the agency is significant in determining the client's choice of technology. In more than half of the answers given in the survey, the client follows the advice of the agency for choosing Drupal. Other major selling points for Drupal are its open source character, flexibility and security. 

Reasons for choosing Drupal
The main reasons for clients not choosing Drupal are consistent with last year's survey - the same underlying issues still remain today. Main reasons for potential clients choosing other platforms instead of Drupal are: 

  1. Price. For example, prices can increase significantly because Drupal is used at the higher end of the CMS spectrum, and thus development is time consuming and therefore expensive. As one respondent said “Drupal practitioners can handle more complex problems, so they're more expensive”.
  2. Complexity. Wordpress is seen as more user friendly and easier to approach. 
  3. Familiarity. Potential clients don’t seem to know much about Drupal which makes it harder to sell.

Knowing why potential clients are choosing other platforms is key in further developing Drupal and meeting client needs. Reviewing the existing target audience and marketing Drupal for the right audiences, might be things to consider to tackle these obstacles.

Conclusion

One thing is certain: companies - both Drupal agencies and clients - have to adjust their strategy because of covid-19. But looking at the answers given in this study, it appears that Drupal projects are getting bigger and Drupal businesses are growing - provided they operate in the right industries and succeed in working remote. Or, as a Drupal agency leader puts it, "Despite the covid epidemic, we have managed to work together and increase transparency in the business - we are now in many ways better than March." And who knows, the effects of covid-19 may as well accelerate the demand for digital projects.

Dec 18 2020
Dec 18

Posted on behalf of One Shoe and Exove

What is the vision of Drupal business leaders all around the world on Drupal in 2020? For the fifth year in a row Drupal agencies One Shoe and Exove, together with the Drupal Association, investigated how Drupal company leaders experience the current Drupal business ecosystem. Of course, the year 2020 is marked by the effects of the coronavirus but there’s much more to say about doing Drupal business.

Characteristics of the participants

This year, 83 people participated in the Drupal Business Survey. Out of all the participants, nearly 70 % had a CEO/CTO/COO role in their company. Other roles represented in this survey are mainly founders (15.7%), and Directors (7,2%). 

Map

A majority of the Drupal centric businesses that participated in the survey are located in Europe (49,5%). The rest is located in:

  • North America (33%)
  • South America (3,7%)
  • Asia (12,8%) 
  • Africa (3,7%)

Almost half of the respondents were digital agencies, 20,5% software companies and 18,1% consulting agencies. As we can see from the graph below, most of the respondents are small to midsize companies. The majority of the companies that participated in the survey have been in business for over 8 years. Nearly 40% of all the respondents have been in business for over 14 years. 

We could therefore say that the opinions and experiences of people in this survey are based on years of experience with Drupal business!

Company size
Covid-19 impacts Drupal businesses in various ways

As this year comes to a close, we can only conclude that 2020 turned out differently than expected. It brought company leaders new challenges and opportunities. Generally, we can conclude (for now) that the impact of COVID-19 may be less than initially anticipated and entrepreneurs keep doing excellent Drupal business.

In the survey we asked Drupal agency leaders about their challenges and successes of this year. Many participants cited the coronavirus and its consequences as their top challenge: 

Greatest Challenges

15% of the respondents named 'Covid-19 in general' as the main challenge without further explanation. To provide more detailed information, we have broken down the answers that provide better insight into the impact of the coronavirus on businesses:

  • Covid-19 affecting client projects (13%)

In some cases, the coronavirus outbreak has had an impact on clients and their projects. One leader tells us in the survey: “[Our biggest challenge this year was] covid and seeing a couple of our sectors getting hammered. Seeing projects put on the shelf, cancelled, etc“ But it does not always lead to this. Another participant tells: “We experience uncertainty around some client's future budgets. This has not resulted in any major reductions though.”

  • Covid-19 forces remote working (10%)

Working remotely is, and remains, a major challenge for a lot of companies. “Moving to 100% remote after the pandemic [was the biggest challenge]”. Someone else mentions “remote selling” specifically as a challenge. 

  • Covid-19 affecting (mental) health of employees (8.8%)

It won’t be surprising that another big challenge was “Staff falling ill with covid and/or having children at home so staff is pressured and unable to work”. It’s worth mentioning, though, that many company leaders indicate that covid-19 has a great impact on the mental well-being of their staff but at the same time they are very proud of their team. “We have kept our team together during the covid storm” says one leader in response to the question what their greatest success of the last 12 months is. Another one said: “[Our greatest success is] Outstanding leadership from the senior technical team members (non-exec level).” “Maintaining high morale and supportive culture” someone else adds. 

Many Drupal businesses do thrive in 2020

Doing Drupal business in 2020 is not only about facing challenges - not at all. 
Many participants told us their companies thrived even despite (or due to) the effects of the coronavirus. 

Greatest successes

20% of the answers when asked about greatest success are about thriving despite Covid-19:
“We make it through the COVID months relatively well financially after pivoting to clients who luckily benefited from COVID (increased business).” Another agency leader adds: “[Our greatest success is] navigating my company successfully through a world pandemic with results that exceed the pre-covid prognosis!”.

The pandemic as a catalyst for investments in digital

What’s the success factor of these kinds of Drupal companies? Based on people’s comments, it seems there is a rapid digital adoption driven by covid-19: “[We see] increased demand due to companies going more digital during the pandemic”. Another one tells: “We launched a covid-19 site for a major healthcare client.” And: “We've won our biggest Drupal contract ever. We successfully launched our largest ever project despite coinciding with the early days of lockdown. We are educating our clients that the pandemic should be seen as a catalyst for investment in digital.”  

Another big success is launching successful Drupal projects (20%), such as: “We launched a big popular Drupal site (8.x) for German Government with integration (backend) of services” and “We have been building bigger and more complex websites with Drupal.” 

These findings correlate directly with the answers to the questions about the project pipeline, deal size, and win rate.

Pipeline Development

In the graph above you can see that Drupal project deal size has grown more in comparison with project pipeline or win rates. One business leader explains why: “We choose clients more carefully, because of that average deal size has grown significantly. On the other hand due to the more aggressive competitors sales, we have lost quite many large deals.” What this shift could mean for the future according to one respondent? “The traditional smaller scale Drupal projects are dwindling, of less value. The future is in large scale projects where Drupal is a component of a larger architecture.” Another one mentions the public sector as a profitable one: “Drupal has been "in vogue" in our market right now, especially in the public sector. We see a lot more RFQs compared to last year, and a lot of them are quite sizable.”

The project deal size growth is a very positive indicator and well in line with the Drupal’s growth to the enterprise market. As a part of the sales cost is always fixed and not dependent on the size of the deal, this will lead to bigger margins that will help the companies to develop themselves further.

Expectations for growth from 2021 onwards

The outlook for 2021 and onwards looks positive based on the survey answers. Despite the situation with COVID-19, almost half of the companies expect their business and on-going project situation to improve in the near future.

Only around 20% of the companies expect the situation to weaken in the forthcoming months, and only a fraction of them significantly. This resonates well with the earlier findings of the pandemia accelerating the need for digital services. Drupal being a versatile and flexible platform is gettings its fair share of the positive market development.

Business Impact

Profitable Drupal industries

So, Drupal business is still doing quite well. But in which industries? Each year the Drupal Business Survey asks respondents in which industries their company operates. This is the top 10 of 2020:

Top ten industries

The most popular industry for Drupal projects is the same as in 2019: the Educational sector. With 61,4% this is the sector with the most Drupal projects. It should be noted that “Education” was added to the survey in 2019 and thus 2017 and 2018 show it blank. This is followed by Charities & Non-Profit (55.4%) and Government & Public Administration (50.6%). 

However, if you compare all the industries over the years, the number of Drupal projects in the Charities & Non Profit decreased significantly. This also counts for the Arts & Culture industry. The Drupal platform is evolving towards the higher end of the spectrum with each release adding new sophisticated features. This causes the project sizes to grow which explains the drop in industries that cannot invest heavily on digital platforms. Also, Arts & Culture has been hit by coronavirus this year.

Top ten industries

Reasons for clients to choose Drupal, or not

Why is Drupal so often chosen for digital projects? When clients have previously worked with Drupal, they often choose the framework again (60% of the answers). It showcases the fact that Drupal is a good tool for solving their business problems.

It also appears that the consultancy role of the agency is significant in determining the client's choice of technology. In more than half of the answers given in the survey, the client follows the advice of the agency for choosing Drupal. Other major selling points for Drupal are its open source character, flexibility and security. 

Reasons for choosing Drupal
The main reasons for clients not choosing Drupal are consistent with last year's survey - the same underlying issues still remain today. Main reasons for potential clients choosing other platforms instead of Drupal are: 

  1. Price. For example, prices can increase significantly because Drupal is used at the higher end of the CMS spectrum, and thus development is time consuming and therefore expensive. As one respondent said “Drupal practitioners can handle more complex problems, so they're more expensive”.
  2. Complexity. Wordpress is seen as more user friendly and easier to approach. 
  3. Familiarity. Potential clients don’t seem to know much about Drupal which makes it harder to sell.

Knowing why potential clients are choosing other platforms is key in further developing Drupal and meeting client needs. Reviewing the existing target audience and marketing Drupal for the right audiences, might be things to consider to tackle these obstacles.

Conclusion

One thing is certain: companies - both Drupal agencies and clients - have to adjust their strategy because of covid-19. But looking at the answers given in this study, it appears that Drupal projects are getting bigger and Drupal businesses are growing - provided they operate in the right industries and succeed in working remote. Or, as a Drupal agency leader puts it, "Despite the covid epidemic, we have managed to work together and increase transparency in the business - we are now in many ways better than March." And who knows, the effects of covid-19 may as well accelerate the demand for digital projects.

Dec 17 2020
Dec 17

DrupalCon North America 2021 is officially pivoting to a virtual event for the safety of our community. We will gather together online April 12 - 16, 2021. Join us to build Drupal, make connections, and foster friendships through DrupalCon!

Oct 29 2020
Oct 29

Share your vision on the business side of Drupal in 2020! Agencies One Shoe, Exove and the Drupal Association are calling all Drupal agency leaders to take part in the annual and already the fifth Drupal Business Survey. 

The Drupal Business Survey aims to gain insight into the key issues that Drupal agency leaders nowadays face. It includes questions about the business strategy of Drupal companies, the impact of Covid-19, Drupal community contribution and about the future of Drupal. Read the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 reports for previous analyses. Now it’s time to contribute to a new overview of the state of Drupal business in a year that’s influenced by so many factors.

Take the Survey

Your response will be used to generate an anonymized, aggregate report about the state of the Drupal business ecosystem. The survey is open until Monday, November 16th. The results and insights of this survey will be shared with you, officially published on Drupal.org and discussed on the Drupal CEO Virtual Drinks on December 9 at DrupalCon Europe

Take part in this survey and contribute to the Drupal project: your opinion is of great value!

Jun 12 2020
Jun 12

Recently, Heather Rocker and Tim Lehnen of the Drupal Association, with other open source experts, shared with Builtin tips on the best way to contribute to—and start building relationships in—open source.
 
Involvement with open source can be a rewarding way to learn, teach, and build experience in just about any career/skill you can imagine.

“We want you here. All the leaders within the community want that,” says Tim Lehnen. “There are a lot of people, especially in Drupal, who built their whole careers out of showing up on IRC 14 years ago and saying, ‘Hey, is there something I can help out with?’”

There are plenty of ways to get started with open source. But there are also many questions to answer to find your place: What does it mean to contribute? Breaking into new communities as a new contributor can be hard, and project leaders know that. How do you find the right project? How do you orient yourself to a new project? What if you don’t know how to code? What if something goes wrong?

Professional growth and building relationships in open-source spaces is, in some ways, easier than in traditional work environments. Lots of open-source projects are also taking steps to make their communities more inclusive and diverse. Building a community that encourages people to use, contribute to, and evangelize your project is very important.

Open source is made by people like you: one issue, pull request, comment, or high-five at a time. Read the full article to get inspired in getting involved with open source.

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  • Do full-text search on all the articles in Drupal Planet (thanks to Apache Solr)
  • Facet based on tags, author, or feed
  • Flip through articles quickly (with j/k or arrow keys) to find what you're interested in
  • View the entire article text inline, or in the context of the site where it was created

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