Whether you are a decision maker, site administrator, marketer, content manager, web developer, or IT professional; Drupal 8 has something for everyone who supports online content and the overall digital experience at your company.
Here are a just a few of the many new features Drupal 8 will offer.
Drupal 8 takes a mobile first approach. All built-in themes are responsive, and even the admin page and toolbar are easy to use on mobile devices.
Users can now translate anything in the system with built-in user interfaces, build pages with Views language filtering, and get software translation updates automatically from the Drupal community.
Configuration management keeps track of all the important details as content is configured and revised. Drupal 8 comes with a file system-based configuration management system, making it simple to transport configuration changes such as new content types, fields, or views from development to production.
Drupal 8 has added support for standard accessibility technologies including WAI-ARIA, and working to provide more semantic HTML5. With the ARIA Live Announcements API and TabManager, Drupal 8 provides centralized control for rich Internet applications. Improvements have been made as well in color contrast and font sizes, and the system will leverage jQuery UI's autocomplete and modal dialogs. Views are now in Core; both the output and Views UI are now more accessible. To provide visitors with an optimal experience, site admins can also require entry of alternative text for all images.
Built-in Web Services
Drupal 8 implements state-of-the-art Hypertext Application Language (HAL), exposes content as JSON or XML, authenticates a client with HTTP authentication, and exposes views-generated lists as services.
With the new editor functionality and bundled CKEditor WYSIWYG editor, Drupal 8 makes content management easy. In-place editing of content can be done without having to use the full edit form. WYSIWYG configuration is made easy with web security in mind, and draft saving is much more simple.
Fun and Fast Theming
Drupal 8 includes the flexible and secure template engine for PHP called Twig. With Twig, templates are written in a simple syntax which brings several simplifications and more security. Twig makes designing beautiful and functional Drupal sites easier than ever before.
Views allows non developers to create lists, posts, galleries, tables, maps, graphs, menu items, blocks, reports, forum posts and more. With Drupal 8, Views is built and integrated into the core CMS. The front page listing and several administration pages is now a view. Administrators can now also easily customize the front page, listing blocks, create custom admin pages, and customize filters and actions.
Industry Standard Approach
Drupal 8 features much more modern, object-oriented code (classes, inheritance, interfaces, etc.) and embraces the latest PHP standards (e.g. PSR-4, PSR-3, namespaces, traits). It also leverages many “best of breed” external libraries: Composer, PHPUnit, Guzzle, Zend Feed Component, Assetic and more.
More Field Power
Drupal 8 extends the signature content structuring system by including more field types in core, and lets administrators attach fields to more types of content. These include entity reference, link, date, e-mail, telephone, comments, and more.
Better Markup with HTML5
HTML5 plays a central role in making websites fully functional and compatible with mobile devices. This industry standard is now included in Drupal 8 and means Drupal now has proper native input tools on mobile for fields like date, e-mail, and phone.
To learn more about Drupal 8, visit https://www.drupal.com/why-drupal-8.