Drupal 8 is Here!
Today marks an exciting new era in Drupal development. From the official Drupal 8 announcement:
Drupal 8 improves how organizations deliver content. It also enhances the impact that content has. It's built from a component-driven perspective: flexible elements, not rigid pages. That helps organizations deliver the personalized relevance people want from digital content. With Drupal 8, content can be exactly what people need where they need it.
“Today we’ve released the biggest update in Drupal’s history. In addition to many usability improvements, Drupal 8 ships with important advances in content modeling and decoupled API-first publishing," said Dries Buytaert, Drupal founder and project lead. “It’s the toolkit organizations need to meet the demand for the fast, flexible, highly-personal digital experiences that are the future of the web. We optimized Drupal 8 for integration with other systems and for orchestrating data-driven experiences that work across devices and channels. More than 3,000 contributors have spent countless hours creating the most scalable, powerful content management system on the market. Drupal 8 changes our community and the web as we know it.”
Drupal 8’s signature feature is its commitment to versatile, structured content. But this flexibility isn’t the only way Drupal 8 helps organizations get the most from their digital platforms. It has more than 200 new and improved features, including:
- Powerful, built-in integration tools to connect Drupal to other software in an organization’s infrastructure
- Easier content creation, using responsively designed interfaces
- Renewed mobile-first focus, so people can create sites and applications that work on more modern devices than ever
- All-new configuration management for safer and faster site development and maintenance
- Improved built-in multilingual support, with the ability to translate any component of the software
This is a fun moment! The Drupal community has worked diligently, creatively and courageously to improve Drupal, for the benefit of all, and we salute everyone who has contributed their talent and time toward this achievement.
The Entermedia dev team has been ramping up on D8 for some time now as we watched the critical bugs list drop from many to few. Adapting D7 modules to D8 and creating our own demo sites, we are seeing the value for our clients, and imagining all new possibilities.
When will we launch our first production D8 site? Time will well, but we are ready when our clients are! When Drupal 7 was released in 2011, a few months went by before a critical mass of contributed modules were versioned up. We'll see how it plays out for D8. As we acquire more experience developing in D8, we'll update you here.
Campbell LeFlore handles content strategy, site building, project management, client training and support roles for ENTERMEDIA projects. In his spare time, Campbell enjoys cooking, playing basketball and getting out into the Texas Hill Country with his lovely and smart wife and wildly enthusiastic daughter.