Automattic Donates €20,000 to Fund Next Phase of Drupal Gutenberg Development – WP Tavern

Drupal Gutenberg, the Gutenberg module for Drupal that was created by a Norway-based company referred to as Frontkom, has obtained a €20,000 donation from Automattic to fund the subsequent part of growth.

The module was one in all 5 initiatives, chosen from 35 proposals, that was granted funding through the DrupalCon Pitchburgh innovation contest. The winners have been introduced as a part of Dries Buytaert’s State of Drupal presentation at DrupalCon North America 2023 in Pittsburgh.

“Since Automattic is the primary developer behind Gutenberg, I shared the Gutenberg proposal with Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic,” Buytaert stated. “Matt was actually excited in regards to the thought of extra Drupal websites utilizing Gutenberg, and he kindly provided to supply the complete €20,000 in funding by means of Automattic. Moreover, he will likely be sending some Gutenberg consultants to hitch the dash with none price to the Drupal neighborhood.” 

The Drupal Gutenberg module is used on greater than 3,000 Drupal web sites. Frontkom, a 120-person company, makes use of it completely when constructing Drupal websites for purchasers.

“Our purchasers find it irresistible,” Frontkom gross sales director Thor Andre Gretland stated. “In reality, we haven’t constructed a Drupal website with out Gutenberg since we began the undertaking again in 2018.”

In his pitch video (embedded under), Gretland stated the requested funding will likely be used to take the undertaking to the subsequent stage by arranging an in-person workshop for a number of days. They intend to collect individuals from the WordPress core workforce who’ve constructed the editor, the Drupal core workforce that is aware of the wants and potentialities for the admin initiatives, and the Drupal Gutenberg workforce that constructed and maintains the module.

Gretland listed a number of issues he hopes the groups can create collectively, together with a Gutenberg starter theme and a starter pack, the place Gutenberg is setup with a whole frontend as a base theme or theming reference, in addition to the power to make it work work throughout the format builder.

“Our objective is to be sure that the Drupal Gutenberg of the longer term is at all times utilizing the newest and best model from the WordPress workforce, and higher allow Drupal builders to contribute again upstream,” Gretland stated. “We wish Gutenberg extra tightly built-in with Drupal and to do that correctly we have to collect the folks that needs to be concerned. It is a nice alternative to increase our cooperation throughout open supply initiatives and to maneuver ahead making Drupal essentially the most simple to make use of enterprise CMS.”

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