10 New Features in Drupal 8 Core

With the arrival of Drupal 8, you may be contemplating your first foray into the new version, which you’ve probably heard is a completely re-written version of the platform. This newest version includes lots of new features.

So here’s an introduction to Drupal 8’s 10 new features that we think will be exciting when you use Drupal for the first time.

10 New Features in Drupal 8 Core

#1. New Fields

There are five completely new field types in the Drupal 8 core:

  • Date
  • Email
  • Link
  • Reference
  • Telephone

This screenshot shows the new interface for adding fields.

10 New Features in Drupal 8 Core

There have also been some smaller changes too:

  • The English used for field names is more straightforward. For example, “Integer” is now simply “Number”.
  • Comments is now available as a field, rather than a setting.

#2. Fields are everywhere

Not only are there new fields, but you can now add fields in many more places.

You can add fields to nodes, blocks, comments, contact forms, taxonomy terms and users.

10 New Features in Drupal 8 Core

#3. CKEditor

Previous versions of Drupal did not provide a text editor.

Drupal 8 ships with CKEditor, one of the very best text editors on the market.

10 New Features in Drupal 8 Core

#4. Quick Edit

Thanks to the “Quick Edit” module, if you’re logged into Drupal and looking at content, you’ll be able to edit text directly from the front-end of your site.

10 New Features in Drupal 8 Core

#5. Responsive Images

Drupal 7 provided image styles in the core, which allowed you to automatically resize images.

Drupal 8 takes that a step further and allows you to choose different styles for individual images. The various styles will be used for different device sizes.

10 New Features in Drupal 8 Core

#6. Tour

Drupal’s explanatory text was always hidden away under the “Help” link. Now, thanks to the Tour module, you can click the “Tour” link and see pop-ups that explain how Drupal works. The screenshot below shows a tour of the Views module:

10 New Features in Drupal 8 Core

#7. Views

Wait! Did I say “Views” in the last section?

Yes, I did. Views is now in the Drupal 8 core. Not only is it available by default, but most of the Drupal administration screens now use Views, which makes them easy to customize.

10 New Features in Drupal 8 Core

#8. Multilingual

Multi-lingual Drupal 7 sites required you to install numerous modules. The process is much smoother in Drupal 8, with 4 key modules in the core.

Once those modules are enabled, you can almost immediately start translating your site.

10 New Features in Drupal 8 Core

#9. Configuration Manager

The new Configuration Manager module in Drupal 8 makes it much easier to export and import the features that you build.

For example, if you create a new content type, you can export it from your test site and easily import it into a live site.

10 New Features in Drupal 8 Core

#10. Webservices

As with multi-lingual sites, it used to require several contributed modules to create a webservice in Drupal 7. Now, in Drupal 8, everything you need is in the core.

Enable the four Web Services modules, go to Views, and you’ll immediately be able to create a REST export.

10 New Features in Drupal 8 Core

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