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Drupal in 2016: How Drupal 8 and Composer Helped Drupal Grow

Updated on January 3, 2017

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2016 is over and 2017 is another fresh year for the Drupal community. It is time to reflect back on what Drupal gained in the past year and how far the CMS and the community fared in terms of market penetration and popularity.

Drupal Year Review

I am happy to say that 2016 has been very fruitful for Drupal and its community. The CMS matured into a major market player and now powers almost 2.2% of the total websites on the internet. This is a strong indication that Drupal is rapidly becoming an important member of the Big Three.

2016 Drupal News

Drupal 8 Turns One

Perhaps, the most important news of 2016 is that Drupal 8 became a year old on November 19, 2016! To celebrate this occasion, Dries Buytaert, the founder of Drupal shared some notable Drupal 8 websites on his official blog.

Although Drupal 8 had a slow start because of limited compatible modules and several bugs in the core code, it is now fast gaining popularity. The current version listed on the official Drupal website is 8.2.4. Drupal 8 introduced a shorter patch release cycle in which bug fixes rolled out frequently. With the official support for Drupal 6 already terminated, the number of websites powered by Drupal 8 will increase.

Support for Drupal 6 Ends

In 2016, the support for Drupal 6 ended officially. If you have a Drupal 6 website, it is high time you move it to Drupal 7 or Drupal 8 as soon as possible to avoid any problems.

Composer Comes to Drupal

Composer, the well-known dependency management tool is now available for Drupal. This is great news for Drupal developers as Composer completely streamlines the process of using external libraries and packages in a project without worrying about missing dependencies and updates. To learn more about Composer on Drupal 8, read the official blog post.

Drupal 8 No Longer Includes Dev Dependencies in Release Package

Starting with Drupal 8, stable releases will not include developer libraries because the code in these libraries in either unstable or insecure. Drupal also does not recommend deployment of untested code on live websites. Always deploy dev code and libraries on production websites to test and evaluate.

2016 Drupal Events

Like previous years, two DrupalCons were held in 2016.

DrupalCon is the biggest international Drupal event where Drupalistas (that is the official term for Drupal users!) around the world gather to share new ideas, discuss everything Drupal and generally have a good time.

This year, New Orleans (May 9-13, 2016) and Dublin (September 26-30, 2016) played host to DrupalCon with great success. In other Drupalcon related events, Drupalcon Asia finally happened in Mumbai, India. Asia has the second largest Drupal user base after the United States, and the Mumbai event was attended by over 1,000 attendees (82% of them being first-time attendees).



In addition to the two major events, numerous DrupalCamps took place around the world. These are small scale events that focus on specific geographic areas and user groups and keep the community engaged and motivated.

Major Drupal Websites Launched in 2016

To round off this end-of-year review, I will briefly introduce some major websites powered by Drupal.


Nasdaq Corporate Solutions serve 3,000 of the world’s largest businesses. For their newest investor relations website, Nasdaq Solutions opted for Drupal as the core CMS.


City of Boston Official Website

The City of Boston chose to power their official website with Drupal.



A company that makes fast cars do need a fast CMS for its websites. Dries Buytaert announced on his blog that  Lamborghini, one of the top Italian supercar manufacturer launched their latest website using Drupal 8.


Tag Heuer

Tag Heuer, a highly respected watch manufacturer chose to integrate Drupal 8 with their Magento store.  A premium watchmaker needs a premium website, and Drupal fulfills this condition very nicely!



2016 was a great year for Drupal. The CMS application has indeed come a long way and matured significantly this year. Though there is still room for improvement, it is very heartening that the Drupal community has improved the CMS significantly. If the pace continues, the coming years would only bring good tidings for Drupal.

Read: Could Drupal Become The Next WordPress?

Here’s to 2017, have a fabulous New Year!

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Hamza Zia

Hamza is a Drupal Community Manager at Cloudways - A Managed Drupal Hosting Platform. He loves to write about Drupal and related topics. During his free time, he can be seen obsessing over Football, Cars, Android and Gaming.

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