Please introduce yourself and where you work
My name is Mohammed Razem and I am the Founder and CEO of Vardot. Vardot is an award-winning Drupal agency with offices in Santa Clara, California; Amman, Jordan; and Cairo, Egypt. We specialize in enterprise Drupal implementations, commerce, distributions, and integrations.
What Drupal services do you provide to your customers?
We build and leverage Drupal distributions to build complete solutions for our clients in various industries. Our services are focused on delivering a full solution from A to Z, starting with content consultation/analysis, web strategy, design, UX, development, integrations, training, and launching services. We continue to provide continuous digital delivery, support, and growth after launch.
How do you think Drupal has evolved in the last 5 years?
Drupal has gained a better position among other open source and proprietary software products in the same category. Its evolution in the past 5 years, in my opinion, can be put into two contexts, Technology, and Governance.
In terms of Technology, Drupal has definitely moved in the right direction with the adoption of modern software standards that were “proudly built elsewhere”. This continues to allow Drupal to gain a competitive edge and keep up with fast-evolving web technologies.
In terms of Governance, Drupal had several important milestones in the last 5 years that will surely grow the product and the community. Among these are the 6-months feature release cycles and the introduction of strategic initiatives.
I believe Drupal has evolved in the right direction.
Why do you think Wordpress dominates the market as of now
I think it’s summarized in the following:
1. It’s flexible to a certain extent, without a steep learning curve.
2. It’s easier to maintain
3. Has a large number of “premium” themes
With D8 coming in, what is your take on the adoption of Drupal in the coming time?
Definitely yes. Drupal 8’s now has a nice user guide for quicker onboarding of new users. Also, Drupal 8’s roadmap is focusing on the what people really need. With the 6-months feature release cycles and the inclusion of what people really need, this will secure wider adoption for Drupal.
What is your advice to people who are looking to build expertise in Drupal?
Use the community to your advantage. Contribute back to code, documentation, tests, translations, or arranging events. You’ll get a feel of the community by giving back.
Start from ready distributions instead of a vanilla Drupal. You will learn about a lot of important modules and tools that already included to help you build a complete project. For example, we have built Varbase distribution to allow developers to start building a public-facing web platform saving more than 200 hours of module selection and configuration. One can learn a lot by looking at what modules are used to accomplish what.