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Why Should I Care About Drupal 8?

Rich LawsonWritten by Rich Lawson
May 16, 2016 12:44:37 PM

After a long wait and lot of work from the Drupal community, Drupal 8 is available and ready for use. Why should you care? Well, Drupal 8 is much more powerful right out of the box than its predecessors and is ready to scale and evolve moving forward as well. Here are a few main reasons you should care about Drupal 8.

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More Available Out of the Box

Drupal 8 incorporates more expected functionality right out of the box than with previous versions of Drupal. These features include things like new fields, the ability to “Quick Edit” right on the front-end of your site, responsive images, multilingual options, and more. For instance, there are more field types in core and you attach fields to more types of content. New types include things like entity reference, link, date, email, phone number and more. You can also now attach fields to forms to create custom contact forms. This is great because it means Drupal 8 is more powerful right from the start.

Keeping Up with the Times

Drupal 8 is simply more in tune with today’s website needs. D8 is completely mobile-first and not only features a responsive experience but you can also easily make edits to your site directly from your smartphone. Sites that currently have an app or even a separate mobile site may be able to ditch these additional solutions in favor of a simpler, all-in-one responsive site.

It’s also now easier than ever to make edits to content in Drupal. With Drupal 8 comes a new user interface that features two columns, one for what’s important and one for extras. Drupal 8 also features in-place editing of content, easier draft saving, and WYSIWYG configuration made easy with web security in mind. These features save editors a lot of time. The Quick Edit, for example, means content editors no longer have to use a dive into the back end to correct a small typo or broken link. Full node content, user profiles, custom blocks, and more are all available to edit with this feature.

Built to be Future Proof

Drupal 8 is not only up to date with the times - it’s ready for the future. Drupal 8 may have taken a long time and a lot of work to get to, but it will be around for decades to come. Sites that use Drupal 8 today will be able to evolve for years to come with minor updates versus an entire migration to another future version.

Furthermore, with Drupal 8, sites can translate anything in the system with built-in user interfaces. This means companies that need to reach users from all over the world can now do so easily with multiple languages right out of the box.

Drupal 6 is No Longer Supported

Drupal 8 is more powerful from the start, up to date with current needs and ready to evolve moving forward. These are all great reasons to consider moving to Drupal 8. However, one more really important thing to note is if you’re site is currently in Drupal 6, you are now using a version of Drupal that is currently unsupported and maintained. As of February 24, 2016, Drupal 6 is no longer maintained. As a blog post from Naked Security explains:

“If you have a Drupal 6 website then you won’t be receiving any more official security advisories or patches; from today your site is vulnerable to any new security issues discovered in Drupal 6 core or its modules, forever.”

About one out of every ten Drupal sites is still in Drupal 6. The popularity of Drupal as a CMS makes it a prime target for criminals and security breaches. To keep your site secure and safe, it’s all the more vital that you upgrade from Drupal 6 to a supported and maintained version. Even if your site is secure today, unforeseen problems could occur at any time. The best way to protect your site, your data, and your users is to make the move to Drupal 8.

Fortunately, the process to migrate from Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 is proving much easier and faster than the migration from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7. In fact, you no longer need to build all the content types that contain current data. A migration to Drupal 8 starts by pulling over your configuration. This saves a ton of time and effort making migration a no-brainer!


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