Drupal 8 is one of the most widely used Content Management System to publish content easily. Drupal is an open source website development platform. Drupal 8 is used to build websites, from easy to complex, that fits your budget and skill level. Symfony is an open source MVC framework for PHP that powers a lot of websites and it plays a major role with the launch of Drupal 8. Here are some important merits of using Drupal 8.
- Responsive design
Drupal 8 comes with more robust new configuration management system and is compatible with mobile devices and thus it overcomes the limitations of Drupal 7 with regard to mobile devices.
- Improved semantics with HTML5
Drupal 8 pages are HTML5-based and thus each output template has simplified elements and classes with native input tools for mobile fields like date, email and phone.HTML5 is also used for better markup.
- Symfony Framework
Drupal 8 uses Symfony and this opens access to a large set of external libraries while was improves the PHP syntax of Drupal.
- Module Readiness
Many Drupal 7 contributed modules are now in Drupal 8 core itself like views module (In Drupal 7 views module is in contributed module list but in Drupal 8 it is in core).So there is no need to install those modules in Drupal 8.
- Twig Template
Drupal 8 includes the flexible, fast, and secure template engine for PHP called Twig. With Twig, templates are now written an easy-to-learn syntax which brings several simplifications and greater security.
- Low Cost
Building a website with Drupal 8 is less expensive than using any of its earlier versions, also because eventually you will need to upgrade it to Drupal 8 in a short span of time.
- Quick Edit
Quick edit tool is one of the advantage in Drupal 8.We can easily edit text directly from the front-end of your site.
- Multi-language support
Drupal 8 has built-in multilingual feature and thus you can easily translate anything in the system using built-in user interface. Drupal is great for building multilingual websites and this feature will benefit both end users and the Drupal developer to reach greater audiences on both sides.
With merits we have some demerits as well. Here are the Drupal 8 demerits…
Drupal 8 uses Symfony and this means the developers have to retrain themselves to adjust to the changes.
- Drupal 8 Migration
There is no continuity/upgrade path from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 . So the sites have to be rebuilt completely.
- Contributed Modules
Drupal 8 Contributed modules are less when compared to Drupal 7. All the existing Drupal modules have to be upgraded to work on Drupal 8.
Drupal 8 is highly scalable, flexible and customizable that makes Drupal the open source CMS platform that more and more companies, small, medium and large enterprises, are adopting because of the features and functionality it offers them, but also its easy to maintain and less likely to break down over time.