As a team of Drupal evangelists, we are incredibly excited about the release of Drupal 8 and how we can leverage some of its new features to help our clients. Drupal is one of the leading enterprise open source content management systems (with over 1.2 million websites around the world) and the release of Drupal 8 will only strengthen its hold on this title. This latest version offers over 200 new features and improvements, so decision makers will want to do their research before making the choice to upgrade.
Here are three features that have our team excited to start creating with D8:
Mobile usage has finally overtaken desktop and Drupal 8 offers a 100% responsive interface. Site administrators can now manage and approve content on any device.
A Symfony2 framework for easier PHP development and a Twig theming engine are built into Drupal 8.
Built-In User Interfaces allow for easy translation.
Should you choose Drupal 7 or Drupal 8? What will happen to my Drupal 6 site?
Drupal 7 is a fantastic CMS in its own right and it will still receive support from the Drupal community until 2017 (if not longer). Arguably the best gauge to determine if D8 is right for your organization is how far away your next website redesign will be in the future. If you anticipate that a major redesign is right around the corner, your organization has a tremendous opportunity to migrate to Drupal 8 as an early adopter and begin exploring its exclusive features. As for sites using Drupal 6, the decision to upgrade is more pressing with the end of official security support with the release of Drupal 8. We highly recommend you take action if your website falls into this category and our team can assist you with navigating the decision between Drupal 7 or 8.
As for the migration process itself, Drupal core now includes a migrate module to assist with automating the more repetitive tasks. Despite the inclusion of this module and other available tools that can simplify version upgrades and content migration, the process still can present numerous challenges. A best practice is to always partner with a qualified company or developer before you begin.
If you want to discuss what the release of Drupal 8 means for your business or organization, please contact us. We'd be happy to discuss your unique needs. Drupal 8 might just be the CMS you've been waiting for to transform the way people experience your brand online.
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