10 New Features in Drupal 8 Core

May 18, 2016

If you're reading this post in the Acquia Developer Center, I'm guessing that you may have used Drupal before.

You might be familiar with Drupal 6 or 7, and with some of the modules that shipped with those Drupal versions.

But 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. At OSTraining we've been studying these features; we're already starting to work with them.

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

#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.

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.

#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.

#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.

#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.

#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:


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.

#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.

#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. 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.

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A massive amount of improvements..
I believe no other CMS will even come close to it.. but how come some other major modules like media and webforms etc.. have not been included in the core.. or there is any plan for them in future releases..

Excellent review of the new features in Drupal 8.

Fantastic article

Insightful article covering the key points in turn helped us to kickstart our D8 journey :)

Thank you for the valuable information and details of this article.

Quick edit is where Drupal needs to go! More of this, please!

Wow really love this article and drupal.

"Views" in Drupal administration is HUGE! I build custom view for sorting content in the admin when it would be better to mode the existing ones.

Great, short article on many new features found in D8. They're all exciting!

Views in core, hooray!

So many improvements! I can't wait to build my own site on D8!

Looking forward to seeing the extent of the built-in multilingual capabilities!

this is a best editor tool

Thank you for this article. It's very informative and available for non-techie people!

A big thanks for Drupal community members and their efforts. The new features specially Quick edit and CK-editor is wonderful.

Just want to tell thanks.

Finally I have started work on drupal-8 feeling too much good, very nice interface, many modules included as inbuilt. many new fields types and CK editor also inbuilt. Keep it up guys


All the new features motivates me to use D 8 for my projects.