New Drupal 8 Ideas in Dries’ Dublin Keynote

DrupalCon Dublin Keynote

This week is DrupalCon Dublin. And as always, Dries gave the keynote address on the first morning of the event.

This year’s keynote was broken into two sections: “Drupal 8 Update” and “The Why”.

In “Drupal 8 Update”, Dries talks about the technical side of Drupal. From minute 27 to minute 42, Dries talks about what’s new in Drupal 8.2, which arrives on October 5th. We’ve covered those new features in previous posts. Then, from minute 42 to 48, Dries discusses features may arrive in future Drupal versions. If you’re short on time, watch those 6 minutes. Scroll down in this post, and we’ll cover those 6 minutes in detail.

In “The Why”, starting at minute 40, there’s a much broader focus on the larger purpose of Drupal. This section of personal anecdotes and stories of Drupal in action.

Here’s the video of the keynote:

New Drupal 8 Ideas: Sample Content

Angie Byron from Acquia also talked about this in her excellent Drupal Dublin talk. The sample data in Drupal really is not user-friendly and needs to be improved to welcome new users more effectively.

sample content improvements in Drupal 8

New Drupal 8 Ideas: Page Layout

In short, this looks like it would be a simpler and more elegant version of the Panels module in the Drupal core:

layout improvements in Drupal 8

New Drupal 8 Ideas: Media

I suspect this is the number one most requested feature amongst Drupal users. And there’s already a long, detailed discussion on improving Drupal’s image handling.

media improvements in Drupal 8

New Drupal 8 Ideas: Field Layouts

We’ve already seen a Panels-like idea. This sounds more like the Display Suite module.

field improvements in Drupal 8

New Drupal 8 Ideas: Refreshless

This aims to drastically reduce page load time, and is something we’ve covered on the OSTraining blog before.

refreshless improvements in Drupal 8

As some or all of these feature arrive in the Drupal 8 core, we’ll be sure to cover them here at OSTraining.


  • Steve Burge

    Steve is the founder of OSTraining. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Sarasota in the USA. Steve's work straddles the line between teaching and web development.

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Julian pustkuchen
Julian pustkuchen
7 years ago

Whao, if that happens… WHAO 🙂 Especially media is a missing feature since Drupal 6 😀

7 years ago

Agreed. It’s *the* missing piece

7 years ago

Media is tagged for 8.3.0

Dennis Sørensen
Dennis Sørensen
7 years ago

These updates would be so cool to have!

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