Nearly five years back Drupal 7 was launched and this was a huge upgrade compared to its previous versions then.

Drupal 8 which has been recently recently launched is a completely re-written version of the platform. This latest version comes loaded with lots of new features.

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What’s New in Drupal 8?
Mobile First
  • Drupal 8 has a mobile-first approach.
  • Installation profile has been re-designed with mobile in mind
  • All the core themes in Drupal 8 are responsive, and the admin theme has different screen sizes.
  • Each image has different styles. They are adaptive to all screen sizes.
Multilingual Support
  • In the installation process “Choosing language” is the first and foremost step.
  • Translation updates are built-in for languages, modules and themes.
  • Everything can be translated by default. No contributed module needed.
  • Admin pages have built in translation.
  • Creating custom pages with language-based Views filtering and block visibility.
  • Blocks have language visibility to show/hide content and behavior as per language.
  • Four important modules in the core have been re-written.

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Views
  • In Drupal 8, Views are integrated with core. Drupal admin pages also use Views.
  • Views are fully customizable. Views are used in built-in configuration system.
  • Content listing page, block listing page and user listing page from admin side are Views.
  • We can customize the pages, blocks, image galleries, slide shows etc.
Web Services

Web Services are also integrated in Drupal 8 Core.

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Supported Applications

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Webservices in Action

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Configuration Management

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  • New Configuration Manager module in Drupal 8 has import and export features.
  • Version-control can be used to track configuration changes.
  • Configuration related information is stored in files.
New Fields in Core

Drupal 8 supports more field types in core.

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  • Date
  • Email
  • Link
  • Telephone

We can add fields to nodes, blocks, comments, contact forms, taxonomy terms and users. We can also attach those field types to content types and also custom contact forms. Comments is not from the settings instead it is now available as a field.

Above discussed are only a few of the essential features of Drupal 8. There are lots of other updates and revamps in Drupal 8 that will likely be a big step forward for the progression and expansion of Drupal in the CMS world.

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