How Drupal 8 is The Best CMS for Themers?

Drupal 8 comprises many new features that make theming more fascinating and simple-to-use. The most talked about feature in new Drupal is “Twig”. This templating engine will renovate the working of Drupal theme. The markup of new version is cleaner and better than the previous one and its admin interface provides more consistent experience and is easy to use.

With the new version, themers will be able to create secure, fast and flexible websites as well as they will effortlessly template front-end languages. Not only this, they can also view where information is coming from with the help of Twig debug. The latest version of Drupal helps themers in following ways:

  1. Enhanced Security

Previous PHP framework of Drupal is replaced with Twig, which makes it more secure, faster and more flexible template engine. To make safe theme, sandboxing and automatic output escaping are built in to the system.

  1. Updated Front End Library

The new Drupal offers upgraded library versions of jQuery UI and jQuery. In Drupal 8, frontend libraries include backbone, which is used in core for data modeling and state syncing.

  1. Prompt and Flexible

Twig compiles templates to plain optimized PHP code. With the help of its open architecture, you can easily implement your own language constructs (filters, tags, functions, and even operators) in order to create your own DSL.

  1. Easily Accessible

The latest version of Drupal is the most accessible than other versions. There are various improvements to font sizes, color contrast and more to enhance user experience.

Other New Features of Drupal 8

In addition to above features, Drupal 8 also has following new features like:

  1. More Secure and Eye-catchy Theme Engine   

The new Drupal has a new PHP based theming engine called Twig, which is flexible, secure and quite fast. Now, you can easily create a more captivating and functional Drupal website using Twig theme engine. The templates of Twig are written in a syntax which is not as complex as phptemplate while being more secure.

  1. Mobile Friendly Design

Drupal 8 is designed with mobile-first approach. All its themes are responsive and adapts to different sizes of screen. Its themes also have “Back To Site” button that helps to back to the last webpage you were at. Now, tables of any kind fit into different screen sizes without any hassle, and the new admin toolbar works efficiently on mobile devices.

Drupal 8 also allows you to select different styles for individual pictures. These plethora of styles will be used for different sizes of device.

  1. Equipped with HTML5 Power

When it comes to web mark-up writing, HTML5 is considered as the de-facto standard. Now, it is available natively in Drupal 8, which gives you access to input fields like date, phone, email, etc. It also enhances the compatibility and functionality with hand-held devices like smartphones and tablets.

  1. Multilingual Ready

The latest version of Drupal boasts of extensive multilingual features and built-in translation features in admin panel. In addition, you can create web pages with block visibility and language based views filtering. You can automatically get translation updates from the community.

  1. Editing Makes Simple

With CKEditor (replacement for default WYSIWYG), Drupal’s latest version brings unexampled power into the hands of content editors. Now, content editors/creators can edit text in any page without switching to the full edit form and drafts can be created easily.

  1. New Fields

The Drupal 8 comprises five completely new field types. The new field types are:

Email

Date

Link

Reference

Telephone  

In addition, Drupal 8 has some minor changes too:

Now, comments is available as a field (not in a setting)

English (used for the field name) is more straightforward. For example, now the “Integer” is simply “Number”.

  1. Tour Module

The explanatory text in Drupal 7 was hidden away under the “Help” link. Drupal 8 has separate “Tour” module. By clicking this link, you can see pop-ups that explain the working of Drupal.

How Drupal 8 is the best CMS for themers

  1. According to Industrial Standards

Drupal 8 is built with the latest standards of PHP like namespaces, PSR-0 and traits. It also uses Composer, external libraries, Guzzle, PHPUnit, Zend Feed Component, Assetic to name a few. The latest Object-Oriented Code is predominant and is powered by Symfony 2.

  • How Drupal 7 is Different from Drupal 8?

 

Drupal 7

Drupal 8
InstallationInstallation takes less time than D8Installation takes more time, but it’s also got snazzier loading bar.
LookIt is less pretty than D8 and no warning appears about time zone settingIt starts with a warning about time zone setting, which goes away after refreshing. It is much responsive and you can easily see expanded menu in a smaller screen.
Behind-the-scene glance Drupal 7 Core
Drupal 8 Core

D8 is cleaner than D7, as it hides the core folder in a folder named “Core”.

Features Comparison

Rapid and Agile Web 2.0 Development

Thousands of free Modules (16,000+)

Huge community of theme designers

Massively scalable

100% free

Known for its enhanced security

Powerful modules, clean code and modern web publishing

Integrating payment gateways

Powerful content creation and collaboration

Easily connect with the web’s leading 3rd party services

In addition to Drupal 7 features, Drupal 8 has following new features:

Mobile friendly themes

Views is added as one of the core module of Drupal 8

Inline editor edits content of a page without going to the edit page

Symfony framework is used in Drupal 8 which makes the code easy to maintain, scale, and reuse.

CkEditor for editing web pages

New picture module to automatically resize the image

With multilingual capabilities, you can translate anything in system

REST (Representational State Transfer) for reading, creating, deleting and updating resources.

 

Conclusion:

These new features of Drupal 8 will likely be great steps forward for the expansion of Drupal as a major CMS. With these features, no doubt, Drupal 8 will provide a better experience and performance to clients as well as themers. These changes definitely make Drupal websites easier to build, support, use and migrate.

Drupal is a prominent CMS and widely used to make fascinating and high performing websites. If you also want to make your website from PSD to Drupal or from HTML to Drupal, you can hire skilled Drupal developers. One of the leading web development and designing companies, Markupbox is engaged in providing dedicated and experienced Drupal developers to cater to your business needs.

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2 thoughts on “How Drupal 8 is The Best CMS for Themers?

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    Justin Spencer

    Really it’s (Drupal 8) a key to unlock the best CMS for themers. Really it’s worth and good work!

    1st June 2017
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    Justin Spencer

    Hello, this will help beginners. Thanks for sharing this useful informative article. https://www.magenet.com/best-cms-2017/

    1st March 2017

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