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Drupal 8 Modules, Features and Enhancements

Drupal has made a name for itself with its powerful e-commerce and marketing tools. Institutions of higher education like Brown University, Dartmouth College, Georgia Tech and University of Oxford have gravitated toward Drupal-powered web presences. Robust security and multi-site support has made Drupal a popular choice for Government portals such as the recent successful redesigns of The White House, NASA, New York State and City of Boston websites as well as charities and NGOs such as American Red Cross, Amnesty International UK, UNESCO and United Nations WFP.

With Drupal 8, the company has rolled out new enhancements and features to improve the user experience and step up their game.

Twig, a modern theme template engine

Drupal 8 introduces Twig support, a powerful PHP theme template engine that is secure and speedy. Twig allows your templates to be less complex and easier to read, which makes it possible to build and maintain layout elements faster. Automatic escaping for all user-submitted text to prevent Cross Site Scripting (XSS) vulnerabilities keeps your site safer. Drupal 8 caches compiled versions of your Twig templates for improved page load times.

Mobile-First Philosophy

As a big added plus, Drupal 8 has embraced the idea of ‘mobile first’: all these great built-in themes are responsive and mobile friendly. This serves as a solid base for Themers and Site Architects to work from. Administrators and Content Editors also benefit greatly from a fully responsive and mobile friendly administrative area allowing easy access from any device.

Power to the Content Creators

With WYSIWYG editor CKEditor now bundled with the core, Drupal 8 has made it easier than ever for Content Editors to use the CMS. Previous versions of Drupal didn’t come with a built-in robust WYSIWYG, which caused some extra maintenance work installing and configuring extra modules to get WYSIWYG functionality, but Drupal has made up for lost time with this one. Plus, the “Quick Edit” module means that content creators and editors can make changes to the text directly from the front-end of the site.

Guided Tours

If you’re considering upgrading to Drupal 8 or moving from another CMS, there is now an interactive Tour module included in its core. With this Drupal 8 module users can click through a guided series of tooltips explaining how the administrative interface or any other view on your website works, so no member of your team feels left behind or confused.

Multilingual

Drupal 8 has a number of fantastic out-of-the-box features to make your site multilingual; the admin, for example, has built-in translations for its entire interface in almost 100 common languages, and users can create pages with language-based Views filtering and Block visibility. Language configuration can conveniently be made at the site-wide or field levels. Instead of relying on a group of additional plugins or modules to add translation functionality like in prior versions of Drupal and in other popular PHP Content Management Systems, Drupal 8 delivers all of that power in an organized way right in the core of the CMS itself.

These new features give an already diverse platform even more options; that’s exciting, but it can also be overwhelming for those considering a platform switch or a Drupal upgrade. A partner with Drupal experience can help assess and plan in these situations.

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