Top Drupal 9 Distributions in 2021

Jan 12, 2022
By Dmitrii
Drupal

Distributions are pre-made packages that you can use to simplify creating and setting up a Drupal website. Essentially, these are complete Drupal copies with Drupal core and some additional utility software, for example, themes, libraries, modules, and installation profiles.

Drupal distributions can be of two types:

  • Full-featured distributions that contain everything you might need for specialized use cases.
  • Other Distributions that provide quick-start tools to help developers proceed with building a website.

Why Should You Use Drupal Distributions?

Using Drupal distributions is exceptionally helpful if you want to create a website but don't want to build it from scratch. It is suitable for site safety because all components and modules included in a Drupal distribution are time tested, optimized and proven for quality. But it also saves you a lot of time.

This is how exactly you will save time if you consider using Drupal distributions:

  • You will create a website in hours instead of weeks.
  • You won't have to browse through thousands of modules in search of those your site needs.
  • Most of the Drupal core comes preconfigured, so it will be easier and faster to configure the rest of it.
  • It will also be much easier to maintain your site because you will be able to update all modules and components in one shot.
  • All these means you'll have more time for your site customization and personalization.

Now that you know why you need Drupal distributions let's look at some of the top Drupal 9 distributions.

The Best Drupal 9 Distributions

Varbase

This is the ultimate Drupal website starting kit. It is a perfect distribution if you don't want to spend time on the customization or expect a lot of repetitive tasks as it comes with standardized configurations and automates a large part of your everyday site-related work using a lot of modules and features.

Varbase

WxT

This awesome open-source web content management system will be useful if you want to create a new Drupal site. This distribution integrates with the Web Experience Toolkit. Its installation profile is minimal by default, but you can add and enable any desired extensions.

WxT

Thunder

This distribution is meant for the publishing industry. Thunder is easy to install, and it offers many handpicked publisher-centric modules with customization options. With this distribution, it will be easy to keep the site adaptable and personalized because the process of adding new features is pretty straightforward.

Thunder

Droopler

This distribution is a great fit for corporate use. It provides companies with a pre-built complete website that is easy to customize and maintain. With its custom theming and colour palettes, you can make your company website in your corporate colours. You can also use Droopler with Drupal commerce to promote a related project.

Droopler

Seeds

This distribution might be a good choice for startups, small and medium businesses. It is a lightweight starter kit that you can use for launching potentially scalable projects.

Seeds

Open Social

This distribution is excellent when creating a site to connect community members and establish knowledge sharing. Even governments and organizations of various sizes use it. The distribution has a lot of useful extensions, such as real-time chat, a tool for connecting a live video room to any open social event, a dashboard, and more.

Open Social

Panopoly

This is a powerful distribution that you can use as a foundation for your Drupal website. It can also be used as a base framework for building other Drupal distributions and components. It has a lot of responsive layouts, drag-and-drop customization of pages and a convenient admin panel.

Panopoly 2.x for Drupal 8 and 9 is still in -alpha, but one can still create a site using the 'panopoly-composer-template'.

Panopoly

Open Y

The Open Y ecosystem is a free and easy to use CMS that includes Drupal 8/9 functionality and some additional modules from YMCAs and other partners. This platform is meant for marketing, e-commerce, and digital products.

Open Y

Conclusion

We've gone through the best Drupal 9 distributions that can help create a new website. They also make it easier to customize, maintain, and scale the site. 

Do you have other favourite distributions for Drupal 9? Then drop us an email to share it! Also, contact us if you need advice or assistance in setting up your Drupal website.

Dmitrii
Marketing and SEO specialist working in IT and business development since 2014. Dmitrii's articles are published on various platforms, featured in the Drupal Digest, and translated into various languages.

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