Drupal 8 is Here & Some Exciting Features Are Coming With It

Drupal 8

It's been 5 years in the making and the wait is over. 

As of November 19th, Drupal 8 is finally here!. If you haven't heard of Drupal, it's a powerful Content Management System (CMS) like WordPress but with more potential. At least, in my opinion it has more potential to become the website you need and want.

Drupal's latest release comes with a powerful new suite of tools, both for content managers and developers. If you haven't considered it before, maybe it's time to build your next website in Drupal. Here are just a couple reasons why.

Simplicity for Content Managers

For the website managers the content authoring experience has been re-imagined, with some great new tools.

  • Enhanced Usability: There is now better previews and drag-and-drop image uploads, and inline editing when you need to make quick changes.
  • Flexibility: Adding custom fields to a content type is now a little nicer, with more options out of the gate, adding greater flexibility to customize the site to the way you want it.
  • Mobile-first: Allowing content authors to publish content on any device by making the entire user interface responsive.


Power for Developers & Administrators

It's now easier to customize components including views, lists, blocks, admin tools, and more.

  • Views Integration: Views is now part of Drupal's core so controlling how data is displayed is easier and more accessible to manage.
  • Structure Content: With more field types and SEO-friendly Schema.org markup, makes content creation a better experience.
  • Multi-channel Content Delivery: Thanks to REST-first native web services, interacting with countless websites and applications became a lot easier.
  • Built For Speed: With enhanced entity caching and better integration with CDNs and reverse proxies, websites can be delivered faster.
  • Faster Development: For those object-oriented web developers, the new framework includes built-in Symfony components, staged configuration management, and improved unit testing support.
  • Better Multilingual Support: Out of the box for a hundred foreign languages and multilingual sites means Drupal 8 is more accessible to the global market.


Accessibility for Everyone

Drupal 8 ships with extensive support for accessibility standards, and not only for color contrast and font sizes. Semantic HTML5 allows you create interactions that are more accessible, including dynamic content. Drupal adopts more WAI-ARIA practices making content structures easier to understand for people with disabilities.

True, you could achieve many on these features with several modules and custom themeing in Drupal 7 but now you can have it all out of the gate. With these tools native to the Drupal, I'm excited to start building my next site in Drupal 8.

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