A brief overview of what to expect in Drupal 8.
Catching Up On Drupal 8
Since our last Drupal 8 update many changes have been made including a feature freeze and a code freeze. In that time frame a lot of great features have arrived in Drupal 8.
Out with the old
First the old modules link has been renamed to "extend". This subtle name change paves way for a much deeper approach to Drupal. The new features, many of which are a result of several Drupal 8 initiatives; of those initiatives the news modules that will be shipped with Drupal 8 are:
15 New Modules
- Actions: Perform tasks on specific events triggered within the system.
- Ban: Enables banning of IP addresses.
- Breakpoint: Manage breakpoints and breakpoint groups for responsive designs.
- Configuration manager: Allows administrators to manage configuration changes.
- E-mail: Defines a field type for e-mail addresses.
- Entity Translation: Allows entities to be translated into different languages.
- History: Records which user has read which content.
- JSON-LD: Serializes entities using JSON-LD format.
- Language: Lets you configure a number of languages to be used on your website and provides language negotiation functionality.
- Layout: Makes it possible to swap different page layouts.
- Picture: Provides an image formatter and breakpoint mappings to output responsive images using the HTML5 picture tag.
- RESTful Web Services: Exposes entities and other resources as RESTful web API.
- Views: Create customized lists and queries from your database.
- Views UI: Administrative interface for Views.
- XML-RPC: Provides XML-RPC functionality.
5 New Fields
- Entity Reference (allows linking to other content and users and more on your site)
- Telephone Number
Views in Drupal 8
One of the major additions to Drupal 8 core is views. If you're used to views from Drupal 7 then you'll feel comfortable with views for Drupal 8, many of the features you've grown to love will still be there; as there is no noticeable difference in design or features.
Drupal 8 has a new toolbar that's considerably shorter and more concise than anything we've seen in previous versions. The toolbar also includes icons for the first time.
Drupal 8 has a new content creation interface. Whereas in Drupal 7, the content settings where underneath the content, they've now been moved to sliders on the right-hand side.