The final release of Drupal 8 is drawing closer, as the first release candidate becomes available for users to tinker with.
Drupal is a widely popular open source platform, used and maintained by a community that's nearly 700,000 strong. During the 2014 CMS Awards, Drupal was named the People's Choice Best Enterprise PHP CMS.
There's no sign of a release date yet, though. Drupal have simply said that they will continue releasing release candidates twice a month until they are confident in the project's stability.
That's a fair stance to take, although I'm sure Drupal users are growing impatient. After all, Drupal 8 has been in development since 2011, with the first beta releasing over a year ago.
WYSIWYG Editing, Improved Mobile Support & More
Drupal 8 is going to bring web development closer to the average web user, thanks to a revamped user interface which boasts WYSIWYG and in-place editing.
"Significantly improved mobile support" is also on the cards, along with added and improved modules including Views, Date, and more. I suppose that means an easier ride for those making edits on smartphones and tablets.
Further enhancements include:
- New object-oriented backend leveraging Symfony components
- revamped configuration management
- improved multilingual support
Plus hundreds of other improvements, many of which are detailed here.
Ready for Action
According to the Drupal team, Drupal 8 in its current form is highly functional straight out of the box, and boasts many of the top Drupal 7 modules. They're confident that, for most standard website projects, Drupal 8 has everything needed built into its core already.
It'll be interesting to see how the final stages of Drupal 8 pan out. According to Drupal, there are no known issues with this latest version - as far as they know.
So, let's hope nobody finds anything major, enabling Drupal to get this show on the road for real, sooner rather than later.