The Drop Times: Driving Drupal Forward: Suzanne Dergacheva on the Strategic Rebranding of Drupal

In an in-depth interview with The DropTimes, Suzanne Dergacheva, co-founder of Evolving Web and leader of the Promote Drupal Initiative, discusses the comprehensive efforts behind the Drupal rebranding. Suzanne shares valuable insights into the factors that prompted this evolution, the collaborative work with the Drupal community, and the strategic goals aimed at enhancing Drupal's market presence. She also touches on the new visual identity, the importance of community feedback, and future plans to engage diverse global audiences. This conversation complements our earlier interview with Shawn Perritt, head of the Drupal Rebranding initiative.

Drupal blog: Drupal 10.3 is now available

New in Drupal 10.3

The third and final feature release of Drupal 10 ships with a new experimental Navigation user interface, stable Workspaces functionality, stable Single-Directory Components support, simplified menu editing, taxonomy moderation support, new recipe and access policy APIs, performance improvements and more.

New experimental Navigation module

The new Navigation module provides a redesigned collapsible, vertical navigation sidebar for the administrative user interface. Sub-menus open on a full height drawer that can accommodate deeper navigation levels. On smaller viewports, the toolbar is placed on top of the content, and opens with an overlay.

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The Navigation module allows multiple types of customization, like adding new custom menus or changing the default Drupal logo provided. It also uses the Layout Builder module, so that site builders can easily add or reorder these menu blocks.

The Navigation module includes a new content creation and management menu, which allows quick access to content-related tasks to increase usability for content users.

Stable Workspaces module

The Workspaces module allows Drupal sites to have multiple work environments, enabling site owners to stage multiple content changes to be deployed to the live site all at once. It has long been available in Drupal core as an experimental module. Following the module's use in live projects, the remaining stable blocking issues have been resolved, so now it is available to all!

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Workspaces are sets of content changes that are prepared and reviewed separately from the live site. This is a differentiating feature for Drupal that is important for many large organizations' websites. An organization might use Workspaces to ensure all relevant content goes live simultaneously for a new product launch, or with the outcomes of sporting or election events.

Stable Single-Directory Components

Single-Directory Components (SDCs) are Drupal core’s implementation of a user interface components system. Within SDC, all files necessary to render the user interface component are grouped together in a single directory. This includes Twig, YAML, and optional CSS and JavaScript. SDC support was added to Drupal core in 10.1 as an experimental module. The solution has been very well-received and is now part of the base system. No need to enable a module to use this feature.

Simplified content organization

Menu item editing is now simplified. Advanced options are displayed in a sidebar to help content editors focus on what is most important for the menu item. Taxonomy terms also now have both a dedicated user interface to edit earlier revisions and content moderation support.

New Recipes and Default Content APIs

Drupal recipes allow the automation of Drupal module installation and configuration. Drupal recipes are easy to share, and can be composed from other Drupal recipes. For example, Drupal 10.3 includes a Standard recipe providing the same functionality as the Standard install profile. It is a combination of 16 component recipes that can be reused in other recipes.

Recipes provide similar functionality to install profiles but are more flexible. With install profiles only one can be installed on a site. With recipes, multiple recipes can be applied after each other.

Install profiles/distributions Recipes Lock-in Not possible to uninstall (until Drupal 10.3) No lock-in Inheritance Cannot extend other profiles or distributions Can be based on other recipes Composability Cannot install multiple profiles or distributions Multiple recipes can be applied on the site and be the basis of another recipe

The recently announced Starshot Initiative will rely heavily on recipes to provide composable features.

The added APIs include Configuration Actions, Configuration Checkpoints and Default Content.

Additionally, it is now possible to install Drupal without an install profile, or to uninstall an install profile after Drupal is already set up.

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More flexible access management with the new Access Policy API

The new Access Policy API supports the implementation of access management solutions that go beyond permissions and user roles. Other conditions and contexts may be taken into account, like whether the user used two-factor authentication, or whether they reached a rate limit of an activity. Drupal's existing permission- and role-based access control has been converted to the new API, and custom or contributed projects can add more access policies.

The future of Drupal 10

Drupal 10.3 is the final feature release of Drupal 10. Drupal 11 is scheduled to be released the week of July 29th. With that, Drupal 10 goes into long-term support. While more minor releases will be made available of Drupal 10, they will not contain new features, only functionality backported to support security and a smoother upgrade to Drupal 11. Drupal 10's future minor releases will be supported until mid- to late 2026, when Drupal 12 is released and Drupal 11 enters long-term support.

Core maintainer team updates

Cristina Chumillas (at Lullabot), Sally Young (also at Lullabot) and Théodore Biadala (at Très Bien Tech) were all promoted from provisional to full Drupal Core Frontend Framework Managers.

Alex Pott (at Acro Commerce and Thunder), Adam Globus-Hoenich (at Acquia) and Jim Birch (at Kanopi Studios) are the maintainers of the new Default Content and Recipes subsystems.

Andrei Mateescu (at Tag1 Consulting) is the maintainer of the newly stable Workspaces module.

Ivan Berdinsky (at Skilld) became a co-maintainer of the Umami demo.

Daniel Veza (at PreviousNext) is a new co-maintainer of Layout Builder.

Mateu Aguiló Bosch (at Lullabot) and Pierre Dureau are new co-maintainers of the Theme API, focusing on Single Directory Components.

Want to get involved?

If you are looking to make the leap from Drupal user to Drupal contributor, or you want to share resources with your team as part of their professional development, there are many opportunities to deepen your Drupal skill set and give back to the community. Check out the Drupal contributor guide, or join us at DrupalCon Barcelona and attend sessions, network, and enjoy mentorship for your first contributions.

DrupalEasy: Visual Debugger module: a modern take on an old idea

If you've been a Drupal developer since before the time of modern Drupal (pre-Drupal 8,) then you probably remember the Theme Developer module. This module is/was used to figure out theme template usage and possible overrides in Drupal 7.

With modern Drupal, this same information is available directly in the HTML source code of a file when Twig development mode is enabled. 

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The Visual Debugger module by Marcos Hollanda combines the best of the present with the best of the past to surface template information directly in the user interface without having to dig into the page's HTML. 

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I will admit that before I installed the module, I was doubtful that I'd be interested in using it. Marcos had pinged me on Slack asking me to take a look at it, and I figured it would be a nice exercise for DrupalEasy Office Hours, which it was.

Much to my surprise though, I really like using it. 

Basic usage

There's not much to say about how to use this module - it works just like you'd expect. Use Composer to get the code, enable the module, then enable Twig development mode and you're done. By default it will appear on each non-admin page of your site, with a handy activate/deactivate icon. There's really not too much to say about its usage 😀.

Current status

The module is in alpha status with several planned features not yet implemented. What is implemented so far appears to be solid and useful. The basic functionality that I expected is there. Click on any section of the page, and the module will display the template file that is used to render that section as well as a list of possible template file override names. This is the same information that Twig developer mode displays in HTML comments.

Marcos let me know that other planned features include theme hook suggestions and displaying caching information; (similar to the Cache review module, perhaps?)

There are other challenges to overcome as well, including how to handle selecting overlapping elements. I did make one very minor suggestion to relocate the module's configuration page which Marcos quickly implemented 🤘🏼.

Who is this module for?

I would definitely put this module in the category of a developer tool for folks who are either new to Drupal theme development or people who prefer a UI instead of scrolling through raw HTML.

I plan on following the progress of this module closely, in hopes that it will be suitable to use during the next semester of Drupal Career Online, where we have a theming lesson that could definitely benefit from this module. 

Tag1 Consulting: Migrating Your Data from Drupal 7 to Drupal 10: Generating migrations with Migrate Upgrade

Series Overview & ToC | Previous Article | Next Article - coming June 27th In the previous article we performed an automated migration via the administration interface with tools provided by Drupal core out of the box. This gave us the opportunity to familiarize ourselves with the different modules that assist with the task, settings that affect the migration, and the results when there are no customizations in place. Today we will leverage the Migrate Plus and Migrate Upgrade modules to generate migrations from the command line, which we can then pick from and customize. Automated migration using the Migrate Upgrade module Let’s start by listing the modules that we will use to run the automated migration from the command line: * Migrate: consists of the core API that can be used to import data from any source. * Migrate Drupal: allows connecting to a Drupal 6 or 7 site to import configuration and content. * Migrate Plus: provides extra source, process, and destination plugins; handles migrations as configuration entities; allows reusing of configuration via migration groups; and more. It is a dependency of Migrate Upgrade and a very useful module on its own. * Migrate Upgrade: provides a Drush...

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