The following are the strategic initiatives outlined by Dries Buytaert's State of Drupal May 2016 presentation, based on community survey data from ~2,900 participants.

For a full list of all high-priority efforts going on in Drupal core, see

Active initiatives #

These initiatives have roadmaps with formal sign off and their teams are now actively undertaking work.

Media #

Possible implementation, which includes WYSIWYG integration to easily select from an existing media library.

Authors and editors need simple drag-and-drop media and asset handling. Features could include WYSIWYG integration to easily select from existing media library that supports multiple upload and expanded media formats (video, social media).

Plan: #2786785: Media in Drupal 8 Initiative

Blocks and Layout #

A sidebar is exposed with multiple layouts that can be switched between. Clicking on one instantly re-orients the viewport.

Site builders need intuitive tools to build pages, change layouts, and add & rearrange blocks with live preview.

Plan:#2811175: [plan] Add layouts to Drupal


Possible implementation, showing 'election night scenario' of previewing full site regardless of outcome.

Bring major improvements to Drupal’s content workflow, preview and staging capabilities to provide authors and editors with the tools to share, review, and collaborate on content before it's live.

Plan: #2721129: Workflow Initiative

Migrate #

Drupal 6, 7, and 8, with arrows from the various versions.

Starting with Drupal 8, major version upgrades happen with the migration system. Both Drupal 6->8 and 7->8 migrations are in core, along with a UI for site builders, but require more work to be stable.

Plan: #2735059: [META] Stabilize the older Drupal to newer Drupal migration system

API-First #

API-first consists of REST improvements, JS SDK, and GraphQL

Integrate with other systems, bring your content anywhere, display it as you wish.

Plan: #2757967: API-first initiative

Planned initiatives #

These initiatives have initial approval, and are undergoing the process of creating a roadmap and assembling a team.

Theme Component Library #

Convert Drupal's complex combination of templates and huge render arrays into a simple, structured tree of reusable components.

Plan: #2702061: Unify & simplify render & theme system: component-based rendering (enables pattern library, style guides, interface previews, client-side re-rendering)

Proposed initiatives #

These initiatives are still in "wish list" mode. To move ahead, they need a team assembled and a roadmap started with some initial sign-off.

Data Modeling #

Improve the ability to architect and display structured content.

Cross-Channel Orchestration #

Allow Drupal to intelligently make decisions based on context, and send non-web notifications of significant events directly to users.

See How are strategic initiatives chosen? for details on the selection process.