The latest release of the leading open source Drupal CMS platform is packed with more than 200 new features and improvements. With these features, the platform allows organizations to build a feature rich website and better user experiences. Whether it is a global enterprise, government website, colleges or universities, Drupal can help you to deliver the right content to the right user at the right time. It is fast and flexible and is continuously evolving with inputs from the open source community.
With Drupal 8, the content management framework has reached even greater heights for the administrators, users and the developers. Here in this blog, I will share with you some of the features worth knowing:
New theme engine: Drupal 8 has come up with a new theming engine that is known as Twig and it is PHP based, fast, flexible and secure. With this, it is easier to develop more functional and amazing Drupal websites, as the templates are written in a less complex syntax than the PHP template and is also at the same time more secure.
Multilingual support: Drupal 8 offers extensive features right out of the box to develop multilingual features. The admin interface comes up with built in translations. It can be used to create pages having language based views filtering and also block visibility. The translation updates are also automatically facilitated from the community.
Configuration management: Drupal 8 comes up with a configuration management that is built into the file system level so that the configuration elements like the content type, fields, views can be carried from the local development to the server easily. You can easily use the version control system in order to keep a track of the configuration changes. The data is stored in files that is separate from the website databases.
Easy authoring: The new features of Drupal CMS development bring extraordinary power into the hands of the publishers or the content editors with the WYSIWYG editor CKEditor, which is bundled with the core. However, the most hyped improvement is the in-place editing capability that Drupal 8 offers to the users. Now the content creators can easily edit the pages without switching to the full edit form. The drafts are also easier to create and the web security is of course better.
Mobile ready: Drupal 8 is mobile ready and all the built in themes are responsive together with an admin theme that can easily adapt to the different screen sizes and also a “Back to Site” button that help to go back to the front page. The tables fit into the screen size easily and also the new admin toolbar performs well on the mobile devices.
Great support for accessibility: Drupal 8 also offer great support for the industry standard accessibility technologies. The ARIA API and TabManager are great improvements in Drupal 8 that offers control for the rich internet applications. Better font sizes, jQuery UI’s autocomplete, tweaked color contrast and the modal dialogs contribute a lot in making Drupal easier to use for the developers.
Tour: The descriptive text is just under the help link and the users can click and take a tour, and explain how everything works. This is one of the most important Drupal features for the newcomers. This user friendly features are well accepted as it helps in making the CMS easier for people to understand.
Drupal 8 comes up with loads of field types at its core, thereby taking the content structure capabilities to the top. The new field types like link, e-mail, telephone, date, and etc. help in content creation and you can easily attach these fields to more content types and also create custom content forms by attaching the fields to them.