Dropsolid Rocketship is a distribution that enables small to mid-market business to profit from an optimal start when getting your feet wet in Drupal.




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The intent of Dropsolid Rocketship is to make digital business easy by providing a framework and best practice examples based on real life situations from a company that has built and managed over 500 Drupal sites.

Dropsolid Rocketship is a distribution that enables small to mid-market business to profit from an optimal start when getting your feet wet in Drupal. It provides best practices from deployment, configuration and ways to extend it, proven by many cases that have implemented and resulted in this learning.

All Drupal 8 sites at Dropsolid have Rocketship at its core. Junior developers learn the basics with Rocketship, while senior developers have had their say in how an optimal development codebase looks like.

As it is our goal to make digital business easy, there is no better way than being transparent in how we achieve that.

Note that the current READMEs are straight from the old private version of this distribution, and were written with our own devs in mind. So some things may not make sense. Feel free to create issues on drupal.org when you find something that should be made clearer.

Best installed with Composer:

To install the most recent beta release:

composer create-project dropsolid/rocketship:^8.6@beta PROJECTNAME --no-dev --no-interaction

To install the dev version:

composer create-project dropsolid/rocketship:8.6.x-dev PROJECTNAME --stability dev --no-interaction

Rocketship IP


This is the company-wide install profile for Dropsolid. It is based around Paragraphs and the Page content type. With just those two you should be able to build a large array of various pages.

Even overview pages, or landingspages, are built using the Page content type. Thanks to the Overview paragraph, and the Overview field, any type of View, or custom render array can be exposed as an option to be selected. Note, however, that by default the Webadmin role does not have access to that field.


On top of that, we also have premade "Features" (not to be confused with the contrib module Features).

These can have up to three levels of complexity.

  • [feature]_core is the simplest implementation, with no or almost no custom logic and is not much more than a content type, already set up for you. SEO, translation capability, permissions, view modes. Everything is ready to go.

  • [feature]_basic adds some extras, specific to their FAs. For most, this simply means migrating an overview page with a view already set up.

  • [feature]_advanced adds even more functionaly, and is the highest level of premade features we have. It can add forms, facet filters, alterations to view modes, etc.

Always read the project's FA properly, and if the additions on top of the feature's standard FA diverge too much, it is best to start from a lower feature level than it is to try and delete and alter the things the higher levels have already set up. It will be faster in the long run.

Don't uninstall Seven theme, eventhough installing another theme as Admin theme due to it being a dependency in the Features.

Search API

Every "Feature", every content type, implements a "Search Index" view mode. This view mode is added to the default Content Index (by default a database backend) and contains every field that should be searchable. In addition to that, some general Content fields are added to the index upon site installation; published, title, etc. Some features add their own unique fields to this index. We expect the same to be done for any custom Content Types you create during development.

Every View created by the Features also uses this index, so all Views in Rocketship are by default "Search API Views". We expect the same, within reason, for any new Views you create during development. And if you must implement some strange filter or even sort, think "Can't I just make this a Facet instead?" and then do that so others can reuse it later and so that you can mix and match with the normal Facets.

Before you start

Installing a site

After the installation

Demo Content

Development & Site-building