August 24th, 2016In recent weeks we've been making several small changes to Drupal.org: precursors to bigger things to come. First, we moved the user activity links to a user menu in the header. Next, we're moving the search function from the header to the top navigation. These changes aren't just to recover precious pixels so you can better enjoy those extra long issue summaries—these are the first step towards a new front page on Drupal.org. As the Drupal 8 life-cycle has moved from development, to release, to adoption, we have adapted Drupal.org to support the needs of the project in the moment. And today, the need of the moment is to support the adoption journey. As we make these changes you'll see echoes of the visual style we used when promoting the release of Drupal 8.
- The Drupal wordmark region will help to define Drupal, and promote trying a demo.
- A ribbon will promote contextual CTAs like learning more about Drupal 8.
- The news feed will be tweaked.
- DrupalCon will have a permanent home on the front page.
- Community stats and featured case studies will be carried over(but may evolve).
- The home page sponsorship format may change.
- We'll be phasing in a new font throughout the site: Ubuntu - which you've already seen featured in the new Documentation section.
Here's a teaser… a sneak preview of some new page elements and styles you'll see in the new home page.
Our first deployment will introduce the new layout and styles. Additional changes will follow as we introduce content to support our turn towards the adoption journey. Drupal evaluators beginning their adoption journey want to know who uses Drupal, and what business needs Drupal can solve. We will begin promoting specific success stories: solutions built in Drupal to meet a concrete need.
What's next?We're continuing to refine our content model and editorial workflow for the new front page. You'll see updates in the Drupal.org change notifications as we get closer to deployment. Wondering why we're making these changes now? This turn towards the adoption journey is part of our changing priorities for the next 12 months.