Drupal distributions (distros) combine core Drupal, contributed modules, themes, and pre-defined configuration into one download. They make it possible to quickly set up a complex, use-specific site in fewer steps than if installing and configuring elements individually. The central IT department of the University of Texas at Austin maintains a campus-focused Drupal 7 distro that includes a page layout building tool, a branded university theme, numerous contributed and custom modules, plus optional integration with the university’s Single Sign-On service. The team is actively developing a D8 version of the distro, with implementation decisions driven by changes introduced in Drupal 8 and/or lessons learned from our Drupal 7 version. Throughout the process, considerations are informed by the goal of maintaining a product with an extended lifespan. Questions answered in this session: How do we maximize accessibility, security, and brand-guideline compliance for our users? Which layout tool should we use? How should we package and manage the distro? How do we provide the most flexibility for a wide range of developer skill levels? How do we architect a parent theme that is easily retrofitted by downstream developers? And finally, what Drupal 8 niceties will we opt-out of for our distribution needs?
Tyler is a Software Developer / Analyst with the University of Texas at Austin since February 2016. Primarily focus on backend development with a touch of frontend dev experience. Acquia Certified Backend Specialist for Drupal 8
Michael is a software developer/analyst at the University of Texas Austin who focuses on Drupal theming.
Polo is a UT Austin software developer with 3 years of experience in Drupal 7 and around 1 year in Drupal 8
Slides can be found here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vRRNjO4mD3EO5Z4f8SZTmH4pI1ihnooj2OMpP5TgHL7B3ECtk9-AcmP_tn-2hgtLCzBBvV0RmvenQ1I/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.p