Drupal 8 stable – what’s new?
After a few years of delay, subsequent betas, and over a two-year slippage in the publication of the stable release, on Nov. 19, Drupal team presented the 8 version of this popular CMS. It’s probably the longest awaited version of Drupal in the long history of this project. So, let’s see what’s new:
New fields built into the system core – entity references, links, date, address, phone. Comments are now standard fields. Fields are attached to forms (eg. The contact form).
Views module is now built into the core of the system – that mean easier to change your homepage, which became a full view. It also became easier to build administrative pages, edit content, add your own filters etc.
Responsiveness – all built in Drupal 8 skins are responsive, as well as administrative area. Each website built on a new Drupal works properly on mobile devices.
HTML5 – refreshed Drupal generates pages in full HTML5. Developers greatly simplified elements and classes structure. The system now supports dynamically change the image size, when changing the dimensions of the browser window. Drupal team also added support for HTML5 tools – the introduction dates, emails, phone calls on mobile devices.
Support for WCAG 2.0 – full respect WAI-ARIA accessibility standards.
CKEditor module built into Drupal core. CKEditor it’s improved form, to add content, so you can edit content “on the fly”, without going to the full version of the form. It has also simplified configuration and simplified WYSIWYG editor to save drafts.
New configuration system – based on files. Expanded versioning and configuration moving between environments.
Significant changes occurred in the use of multilingual websites. Setup screen allows you to select a language. Multilingualism is fully supported in views, fields and other parts of Drupal.
REST server services – new Drupal can be used as a data source for mobile applications, providing data in JSON or XML format, with HTTP authentication and full access to services and data insertion of views as a service.