Engineered to deliver the best digital experience on the web, Drupal 8, the latest installment of the most widely used and popular CMS to date, comes as a complete set of tools, ready for developers and end users alike.
Drupal 8 packs more than 200 new features and upgrades, guaranteed to boost web development and user experience to new levels. It is an all-round and flexible solution for s successful web presence in the modern internet environment.
Let’s take a look at a few features that make Drupal 8 extremely appealing for developers and users, laying cool and exciting technologies at their fingertips and easing up their work.
Drupal 8 comes equipped with the CKEditor, one of the most versatile text editors available today. No separate modules or libraries need to be installed, no additional coding is required. The CKEditor is also intuitive and easy to use, so it’s perfect for seasoned, as well as les experienced authors and publishers. Complementary, you can edit content right on the front-end if you are logged in.
Responsiveness is built into the core and Drupal 8 is mobile ready. This means significantly less development time for styling images, blocks, menus and other items. The site pages, including media, input fields, interactive items and other features are automatically scaled and adapted to match any screen resolution and display size.
Drupal 8’s multilingual capabilities are vastly extended. More than 200 languages are available and that’s not all. It has 4 key modules built into the core, which allow you translate virtually any piece of content and feature once activated. This feature is perfect for multinational enterprise and corporate websites with multiple admins speaking various languages. The admin interface is also multi-lingual.
A new theme engine, Twig, provides exquisite styling. Twig is based on PHP and highly flexible. Part of the Symfony2 framework, Twig replaces PHPTemplate as the default templating engine, to ensure optimal performance is terms of style and visual appearance through several handy functions. Compared to other engines of this kind, Twig is less complex, but more powerful and ensures better style and functionality for websites and web apps.
A very important aspect is that Drupal 8 complies with the latest web industry standards. It uses top notch PHP 7 standards like PSR-4, namespaces, and traits plus widely used external libraries like Guzzle, Zend Feed Component, Composer, PHPUnit and others. It is also aligned with HTML5, the fifth and current version of the HTML standard for websites.
We could talk time about the numerous features that make Drupal 8 a secure, reliable and viable CMS for all industry sectors and all purposes for a long time but we encourage you to try it. You will love it for sure.
According to Drupal.org, the Drupal 6 platform will no longer be supported by the community, starting with the 24th of February 2016. Drupal 6 has proven to be a versatile CMS, but it has reached its end of life, as the technology around it tends to become obsolete in the modern web environment.
New official projects, documentation, bug fixes or updates will no longer be available and no core commits on Drupal 6.x to the official tree will be performed. At the same time, the security team will no longer provide any support and Drupal 6 releases on project pages will be flagged as not supported.
This means that is high time for Drupal 6 website owners (personal, corporate or government) to consider updating to the modern Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 platforms. This update will ensure full security support for their sites, as well as access to top tier web technology in terms of design and functionality.
A few vendors have announced that they will provide paid support for the older Drupal 6 sites beyond the 24th of February, but this is in fact a costly, temporary alternative. The best solution remains to migrate from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 or Drupal 8.
The Drupal community is ready to welcome Drupal 8, the latest installment of the popular content management system. Drupal has proven to be one of the most scalable and user friendly, modern, open source, content management systems on the market.
And the guys at Drupal.org are proud to announce the new Drupal 8. As they say, Drupal 8 will have something for everyone to love. And they couldn’t be more right. Drupal 8 comes with more than 200 new features, a set a new standard for ease of use and many ways to configure and deploy your content on the web. Drupal 8 presents itself with new capabilities for displaying data on mobile devices, building APIs, and adapting to multilingual needs.
Drupal 8 has mobile it its DNA. You can display and render content on virtually any device and browser. It looks and feels great whether it’s on mobile devices or PC monitors. This comes in handy particularly if we take into consideration the new responsive web design trend.
It also boasts a new configuration management system that allows you transport configuration changes and manage versions with ease. You can also leverage jQuery UI’s autocomplete and modal dialogs to serve your visitors a better experience. Editors can create formatted content and make quick changes with the new WYSIWYG editor. And the front page, listing blocks and other features can be customized on the fly.
If you need multilingual capabilities, you should know that Drupal 8 provides a simple and efficient translation system with a friendly built-in user interface. And theming is now faster and easier than ever before.
And you should also know that the page markup in Drupal 8 is now HTML 5-based. This means that it provides simplified elements and classes with native input tools for mobile fields, better video and image integration and more.
The advantages of Drupal 8 are many, whether we talk about simple presentation sites, corporate sites or complex web applications. It’s easier to use by the developer and by the back end editor and provides the common user with an enhanced experience. There’s no reason not to use it.