Drupal 7

Drupal 7

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

The Drupal CMS has just turned 9 years old on January 15 and the first version of Drupal 7, the Alpha 1 was released the same day.

For those who have not seen and are not familiar with installation of Drupal, should visit the official site, for others, do not waste time reading how to’s. You will learn nothing fundamental except to know that the graphic installation mode is the same as in the previous versions.

Almost two years after the release of the last major release that is 6, Drupal 7 has been released during the first half of 2010.

So this is an opportunity for me to introduce its new features:

  • Integration of the CCK module. As a reminder module CCK was a staple of Drupal modules. It allows to create any type of content and has a large number of modules. Anyway, with this new version of Drupal, CCK will be integrated with core modules. CCK for me is one of the most important points of this new version.
  • Complete overhaul of the user interface and back office. A menu bar is built into the top of the screen, as did the module “Administration Menu” facilitating the administration of your favorite CMS. You also have the ability to add shortcuts to save you time in some of your recurring tasks.
  • Added two new themes, one to replace the famous Garland and the second oriented to the very simple theme.
  • Drupal 7 will manage the SQLite database as well as MySQL and PostgreSQL
  • The image management will be supported by default for upload, resize and display.
  • New manager updates that will allow us to directly update the modules and themes. No need to download the archive, unpack it, to put the right permissions … That’s really good.
  • API made will allow better granularity issues and improvements were made in terms of accessibility.
  • Many improvements have been made under the hood of drupal, including reorganization of the access nodes …
  • Supports proxy server with integrated caching support and CDN (Content Delivery Network) for static files.
  • Improved performance, particularly at load time.
  • The translation interface has been improved and the management of time zones as well. Adding the notion of context, because the same word can have several translations depending on the context.

I cannot wait to see what what Drupal 7 is going to offer, once the stable output and the main modules will follow … But, I think it is awesome! I tested it a bit, and it is fun to use. However, I need to test it in more depth.

Stay tuned …

Author Name : Paul Lopez
Company : Bodhost.com

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