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The Drupal upgrade from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 made some integral upgrades for security and other technical improvements. Many of the best modules were moved into the core and Drupal made it easier to use contributed modules, providing more options for web designers.
Drupal 8.5, currently slated for release in Spring of 2018, is expected to complete or fix some of the key issues that weren’t quite ready for Drupal 8.4. One of the key differences is that Drupal 8.5 will focus on a user-friendly experience, whereas 8.4 was mostly API focused.
Here are a few important Drupal 8.5 updates to look for:
This experimental module was rolled out in Drupal 8.4 and is expected to be stabilized for Drupal 8.5. It helps designers to seamlessly move content from an old site to a new one with less room for error. It is expected to be released as soon as it’s stabilized instead of waiting for the full 8.5 release.
Web designers will have the ability to embed remote videos (like YouTube) directly into posts as rendered video instead of just links. Part of this upgrade means making the contributed media module compatible with the core.
Building on Drupal’s roadmap, efforts to make Drupal API-first means making the data stored and managed by Drupal available for other software. For Drupal 8.5, this means improvements to REST APIs and serialization, improved test coverage, file upload support, translation support, more granular permissions, and improved performance.
This upgrade will allow site builders to create custom landing pages, as well as custom layout templates for individual content types for easy implementation throughout the site.
Expected updates to workflow in Drupal 8.5 include stable content moderation and the ability to create and revise drafts.
This web designer-friendly update will create a quick edit feature that allows you to move and reorganize blocks from the front-end of the site.
An all new addition to Drupal 8.5 will be an out-of-the-box experimental demo profile that shows the basics of what Drupal can do using sample content.
By focusing on these new updates, Drupal is strengthening their brand as the premiere CMS for content-heavy sites and proving their reliability as a one of the most popular CMS’ in the world.