The release of Drupal 8, the latest iteration of the highly popular enterprise content management system, is just around the corner. Naturally, there is plenty of excitement among Drupal developer communities about this version. Almost every version of Drupal released till date has brought out something completely new – something that changed the way websites are developed. The latest one does not disappoint either, and comes with the following features that are guaranteed to help developers build websites faster and more efficiently.
Seamless support for responsive design
Drupal 8 offers native support for responsive design, allowing drupal developers to build websites that automatically resize text and graphical elements according to the screen size of the device being used to view the site. This allows you to build a single website that would be accessible through any device, from desktop computers to tablet devices and smartphones. Not only that – all the new themes provided in Drupal 8 are responsive too. This is guaranteed to save both money and time, not to mention simplify website management to a great extent. drupal development has never been as easy as Drupal 8 promises it will be.
Drupal 8 will provide complete support for HTML 5, the latest and most widely used version of the markup language. As such, developers will have a fun time building functionalities of various kinds into their websites with little effort. Also, each output template of Drupal 8 brings simplified elements and classes to developers. The CMS will also support picture element to display pictures in a responsive structure, ensuring that those automatically resize according to screen size, without requiring any action from the user. It will also offer native input tools for mobilizing Drupal sites, especially for data entry fields like e-mail, date, and phone number.
Developing multilingual sites is going to be easier than ever before
Drupal 8 is all set to make multilingual site development a breeze for web developers. From the installation screen to the part where developers have to translate alternate texts for image fields, Drupal 8 promises to make those entire tasks absolute breeze. Developers can now use inbuilt user interfaces to translate any kind of text within the system. They will also have access to software translation updates, all delivered directly to their workstations by the highly active Drupal community across the globe.
Migrate websites coded in earlier versions quickly and easily
Got a website developed in Drupal 6 that you wish to migrate to Drupal 8? No problem! Where earlier versions of Drupal merely supported migration from the previous version, Drupal 8 allows developers to migrate from Drupal 6 or 7, seamlessly. This is bound to ease the work of many web developers, who need to keep their websites updated to ensure maximum compatibility with new technologies.
Single-purpose modules removed
Earlier versions of Drupal used to come with a lot of modules that many developers hardly ever used. Drupal 8 sheds those off to take up less space in the hard disk and operate faster than previous versions as well. If developers need the modules, which include Blog, Profile, Dashboard and Poll, they can simply download and install them.
Drupal 8 is a highly developer-friendly content management system. Following its release, this CMS seems to be all set to revolutionize the way websites are developed, across the globe.