Future of Drupal: Insights from DrupalCon Lille 2023

Nov 07, 2023
By Iryna Semenova

As Lille, France, welcomed DrupalCon Lille 2023, the worldwide community of Drupal came together, creating a feeling of excitement and hope. This event attracted experts, developers, and passionate Drupal fans from all around the world.

In the midst of this lively conference, we had the good fortune to speak with Iryna Semenova and Stasya Paliienko, the talented project managers at Five Jars.

Here, we delve into the key takeaways and highlights of the event.

Keeping Up with the Latest Trends and Innovations in Drupal

Keeping Up with the Latest Trends and Innovations in Drupal

Staying current with the latest trends and innovations in the Drupal ecosystem is a crucial aspect of any Drupal conference. According to Iryna Semenova, the conference highlighted several noteworthy changes.

Specifically, the focus on accessibility was a major theme throughout. Drupal is dedicated to creating websites that are more accessible and in line with global standards, which is great news for web developers and businesses that value inclusivity.

The conversation at the event also focused heavily on AI integration and the potential use of AI tools in Drupal, as well as how this could affect the CMS landscape. These discussions may lead to more intelligent and efficient web solutions.

Engaging and insightful meetings

DrupalCon Lille 2023 offered a wide variety of sessions and presentations. Stasya, the Portfolio Manager found several of these sessions exciting and valuable, especially for developers and Drupal specialists.

One standout session Iryna Semenova mentioned was the "Improving Layout Builder User Experience" owned by Evolving Web. The Layout Builder is an essential tool in Drupal, and any improvements to its usability can benefit developers significantly. Sessions on AI integration and improvements to content modeling and administrative navigation also caught the attention of many attendees.

Improving Layout Builder User Experience

Keynote Impressions

Dries Buytaert, the founder of Drupal, presented a captivating Driesnote at the conference.

Iryna Semenova PMO Five Jars

One key takeaway from Dries's presentation was the promise to make Drupal more user-friendly. Initiatives like Project Browser, content modeling improvements, and the introduction of automatic updates were highlighted, aiming to simplify the CMS for users.

New Capabilities and the Future of Drupal

Drupal's plans for the future were a central theme of the conference. Iryna and Stasya noted the focus on the Open Web Manifesto, which promotes principles such as freedom, decentralization, inclusion, and empowerment. A commitment to improving Drupal's marketing and outreach efforts was also a key aspect.

In the coming year, Drupal intends to invest in marketing initiatives, and Five Jars’ representatives believe this will provide an opportunity for agencies like Five Jars to contribute their success stories, further increasing their visibility and attracting potential clients.

Recommendations for the Drupal Community

Recommendations for the Drupal Community

As the conference came to a close, Stasya Palienko, Portfolio Manager at Five Jars, offered a valuable piece of advice to fellow Drupal community members who couldn't attend: don't hesitate to share your experiences, regardless of whether they are technical or social in nature. The Drupal community is diverse, and topics can vary widely. Engaging in conversations and sharing insights can benefit everyone.

In conclusion, DrupalCon Lille 2023 was an event that showcased the evolving landscape of Drupal, from accessibility to AI integration. The commitment to making Drupal more user-friendly and its emphasis on an open web promises exciting developments for the future. As the community gears up for another year, there is much to look forward to in the world of Drupal.

Iryna Semenova
Enthusiastic Project Manager with 9 years of experience in IT. She proactively engages with stakeholders and her development team throughout the lifecycle of a project. Seeing the team’s hard work come to life keeps her motivated and determined.


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