I am trying to forecast how long it will be until the modules Drupal 8 will be ready for a technical-savvy development team to start using for a large multilingual multisite project.

(i.e. do we wait or migrate later)

I am thinking probably Fall 2014. I would appreciate hearing your estimates.

From my analysis (as of Aug 21 2013)

  • 18 Themes have a Drupal 8 version
  • 207 of all the modules have a drupal 8 version
  • Only 40 of the top 500 modules (by usage) have a Drupal 8 version
  • Only 7 of the top 500 modules have pledged #D8CX - this feels less than we were at with Drupal 7 at this time
  • Only 39 of all the modules have pledged #D8CX


tryitonce’s picture

... interesting q. I remember predicting some years back how long it would take for D7 to be ready for "real" projects. I don't think I was far off. This time I am holding my breath, but won't to follow the sages of Drupal ...
Would it not be a good idea in the sense of openness to add some statistics to Drupal.org showing how modules are progressing towards the next release allowing all of us to take a more educated decision about adopting the next release ...
And showing progress statistics will encourage others to work a bit more ....

Let's see ....

Good luck .....
... more recent results of trying Drupal just once are -

WorldFallz’s picture

Be careful about using the d6 to d7 upgrade cycle to extrapolate the d7 to d8 time frame-- the api changes to d8 make the changes of d7 look like child's play. I have a feeling the this transition is going to make the previous one look lightning fast and fully expect many modules to just be outright abandoned, but time will tell.

mewren’s picture

Thanks, ok it looks like we are going to go ahead with D7 rather than wait for D8.

I am recommending the following to my client to minimize the migration pains to D8. Any other ideas?

  • Minimize custom code
  • Minimize changes to database
  • Minimize number of modules used
  • Focus on high-usage modules (more than 5000 installs)

These are all best practices for Drupal development anyway

WorldFallz’s picture

yep-- that's what i'm doing and probably the best that can be done for now.

sime’s picture