Post I've just made on discussion re Drupal 8 having issues including declining user base:
I got into building sites with CMS some years ago, after pub discussion with guy whose business revolved around such things. He'd mentioned Drupal; but I looked at info, found it complex. I built with Mambo; then to Joomla; felt Joomla developers were a bit up themselves, not into helping things like search engine friendliness...
And then, to Drupal; seemed to me on the right track. I think started w Drupal 5.
Certainly I used Drupal 6; went through the pain/hassle of these changes between cms as naively believed the hype about being for users like me [non-coders wanting to build sites] and about advances towards being more user friendly.
Took a while, but I moved to Drupal 7 [was it really an "upgrade" for me? - not really]. Some things stopped working; took trouble to get photo galleries, say, about functioning.
And now this situation.
Seems to me Dries and co just have their heads in the clouds; maybe blinded by the funding, the appeal to enterprises. And with this, the hell with small users; Drupal as "drop" just forgotten/abandoned.
So feel angry, betrayed; surely there are others who feel likewise. Non developers, with sites that might function, but where to go?
Wordpress migration of course tempting; but not simple at all it appears.
I look at Backdrop; seems a great idea, very worthy, but maybe not enough "sex appeal" to draw many developers ... yet [?] But looks the place I might head
And Drupal 8 can head off into the clouds; and Drupal into history... [and, perhaps, enterprise "space"]
- while something else that occurs to me: Drupal 9 as something that can be reached from 8, but also from D7 without having to pass thro D8.
Posted to this page, on need to talk about Drupal 8: http://davehall.com.au/blog/dave/2017/04/19/drupal-we-need-talk