I started working with Drupal when the major version was Drupal 6. That was in 2009. Drupal 7 came out in January of 2011.
Drupal 8 was released on November 19, 2015 and for those small organizations looking to have a robust website, it's good news.
A quick explanation of how the Drupal development path works. With every new major version of Drupal, the Drupal community seeks to make a great leap forward. Unlike Wordpress which has a lot of backward integration and is incremental in its development, the Drupal Open Source Community strives to create a new and better user experience with each major version, for website builders as well as website owners. They try to fix what might have worked less than perfectly in the prior version and make it easier for people who build web sites to build them quickly and efficiently.
And with Drupal 8, they succeeded.
I have just built two Drupal sites for two small organizations. One was local not-for-profit, the other was the individual professional services firm. In each case, the website was built much more quickly than they would have with previous versions.
Why is that?
With Drupal (as with any content management system) the software comes in two components: The Drupal “core” installation (what you get when you download just Drupal) and thousands of so-called “contributed” modules (called that because they are contributed by members of the open source community and are free to use under the same open source license as Drupal), which add features and functions to a website. In practice, most websites built with Drupal 7 use at least a few dozen of these contributed modules.
For each major version, the Drupal Community seeks to incorporate several of the most popular contributed modules into the core installation. So, each major version of Drupal is expanding the number of tools in the toolbox that a site builder can use, with the basic Drupal core. More modules in core = a much faster start when building a website than previously.
I hear some rumblings out in the wild that Drupal 8 is leaving small organizations behind. I disagree completely. This major release of Drupal is the best news ever for small organizations.