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Building reusable websites on Drupal 8: lessons learned from transforming

Track: Coding and Development | Skill level: Beginner

In this session, I will walk through our process of building reusable websites in Drupal 8. In particular, I will talk about our experience at Comic Relief of rebuilding on top of an installation profile that comes prebuilt with features required for building an engaging, fast and secure fundraising website.

The following topics will be covered in this talk: 

  • editorial processes to build compelling landing pages, in particular our use of the "paragraphs" editorial flows.
  • how our Drupal 8 distribution looks like and how we deal with configuration, one-step installs using Phing, and default content
  • creation of a "living" pattern lab as an incubation area for prototyping and testing new front-end components
  • test-driven development with a focus on behat tests
  • our git flow model including CI and feature preview branches
  • following the KISS principle at every step of the way (reducing our need for custom code and thus maintenance!)
  • separating logic into independent services using message queues
  • and last but not least: how to build a kick-ass development team to build such a product!

This session is aimed at anyone interested in building reusable website "products" on Drupal 8.

Read also my blog post on our journey at or follow me on Twitter.

Find my slides at 

Keynote Speakers

Matt Glaman

Matt Glaman

(Saturday keynote)

Matt Glaman is a developer at Commerce Guys. He is an open source developer who has been working with Drupal since 2013. He is author of the Drupal 8 Development Cookbook, maintainer of, and lover of Irish Whiskey.

Twitter: @nmdmatt

Jeffrey A 'JAM' McGuire

Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire

(Sunday keynote)

Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire—Evangelist, Developer Relations at Acquia—is a memorable and charismatic communicator with a strong following at the intersection of open source software, business, and culture. He is a frequent keynote speaker at events around the world. He writes and talks about technology, community, and more on weekly podcasts and as a blogger on This all helps satisfy his inner diva, which he also feeds with performances as a storyteller and musician.

Twitter: @horncologne

Danese Cooper

Danese Cooper

(Sunday closing keynote)

Danese Cooper currently serves as chairperson of the Node.js Foundation. She also works in an open source role at PayPal. Previously she was Director of the Open Source Hardware Association and CTO of the Wikimedia Foundation. She had brief stint at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a consulting open source strategist. She has been involved with open source since 1999.

Twitter: @divadanese

CxO Day Speakers

Sarah Wood OBE

Unruly Co-Founder (CEO)

Sarah Wood

David Axmark

Co-founder of MySQL

David Axmark

Ben Finn OBE

Co-Founder of Sibelius and CEO at Stealth Poker

Ben Finn

Barney Brown

Head of Digital at Cambridge University

Barney Brown

Professor Andre Spicer

Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Cass Business School City, University London

Andre Spicer

Paul Reeves

Reevo UN Limited

Paul Reeves



CxO Day

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