What are the major differences in managing content in Drupal 8 when compared to Drupal 7?
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Drupal 8 is evolving everyday, and we are all very eager to find out how it will change our content managing experience. Here, we have listed out some of the major changes in the content management section of Drupal 8.

New Content Form and Preview

Drupal 8 has main fields on the left, while having vertical tabs on the right. The settings have been categorized and made compact such that you don’t have to scroll or you just have to scroll less.

Multilingual Initiative

Due to the huge number of non-English speaking countries using Drupal, making multilingual websites is the main focus of Drupal 8. Over 1000 contributors participated in the Multilingual Initiative(D8MI) under the leadership of Gábor Hojtsy.

In Drupal 7, creating a multilingual website was a tedious process. However, Drupal 8 has made it a lot easier.

Drupal 8 does not consider English as a special language. When a language other than English is selected, the English option will not be shown unless specifically turned on in the site’s configuration.

Drupal 8 modifies the alignment for languages read from right to left, example: Arabic.

Accessibility Improvements

There are multiple minor accessibility improvements and certain major improvements as well. One of the major improvements is the introduction of the new accessibility feature: Drupal.announce().

Drupal.announce() was built "to express changes in the state of the toolbar that could not be described with existing ARIA state markup”; this suggestion being made at the Drupal Camp Toronto on the fall of 2012.

Soon, it became obvious that many modules in Drupal would benefit from an arrangement that is able to read arbitrary strings through the screen reader.


A very useful feature for new users is the tour module. This provides contextual help - when you place the cursor over a tab, it shows a pop-up describing what it will do, and how it can be used to manage your content. It helps you to understand the working of the CMS. Instead of showing you a wall of text, it guides you through each step.

In Drupal 7, you need to leave the page you are working at, go to Help, and find the article you want.

Responsive Toolbar

The Drupal 8 toolbar is fully responsive, configurable, themeable, and extensible. It has an Application Bar on the top with a home link, menu tab, user tab, shortcuts tab on the left, and, depending on the context, an edit toggle, responsive preview drop down, or tour trigger on the right.

On making your browser window smaller beyond a particular width or while viewing it on a mobile or tablet, the menu becomes vertical automatically so that it fits in to the available viewing space.



on 01st January 2008 / by webmaster
We have added a few new modules to our site recently. Drupal Technical StumbleThis Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Sean (not verified) access_time 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 Hi there, I uploaded the files, enabled the modules to use SU, and now I see the link, but there is no icon... How can I fix this? Thanks, Sean webmaster access_time 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 In reply to Icon doesn't show by Sean (not verified) What do you see when you view the source? Search for stumblethis_button and you should be able to see the code for the image and the URL. Then you should be able to troubleshoot from there. Juicy Couture Addict (not verified) access_time 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 thanks for the post. would love to hear more of you. by the way, drupal's really popular nowadays as it has easy and fast features. you agree with me? thanks. Add new comment

on 16th January 2008 / by webmaster
Most webmasters do not realize this, but a lot of the content on lot of websites can be accessed from multiple URLs. A simple example would be where www.example.com and example.com leads to the same page. This is a fatal mistake in Search Engine Optimization and search engines penalize you for duplicate content. The correct configuration would be where the above two urls will lead you to the same page but example.com will redirect you to www.example.com with a 301 (Moved permanently) status which will not result in search engines penalizing the page. It is very easy to configure 301 redirects using Apache .htaccess file and the process is the same for a Drupal installation also. Drupal Technical Apache htaccess SEO Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Anonymous (not verified) access_time 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 Hello. I'm trying to make example.com show as www.example.com, and I'm running into difficulties. I'm on Apache 2.0 and using the following lines in my httpd.conf file: RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^xxxxxxxxxx\.com$ [NC] RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.xxxxxxxxxx.com/$1 [L,R=301] When I go to http://xxxxxxxxxx.com, I get http://www.xxxxxxxxxx.com (as expected). However, when I go to http://xxxxxxxxxx.com/node/1 (it's a Drupal site), I get a 404 thrown and the URL changes to xxxxxxxxxx.com/var/www/drupal/node/1. Same thing with www.xxxxxxxxxx.com/node/1. Any suggestions? I want to run without Drupal's .htaccess file (instead incorporating these calls into my httpd.conf file). webmaster access_time 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 In reply to Rewrite including filesystem path by Anonymous (not verified) I think the problem is with the base path which results in the redirection to /var/www/ part. The best approach I would think is to start with drupal htaccess and then strip out parts and move to httpd SNVC (not verified) access_time 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 This is definitely a good guide. Thanks for this. wellyson access_time 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 This is really nice and helpful. Add new comment

on 08th February 2008 / by webmaster
Attachment Size slashdotit.tar.gz 173.55 KB Similar to the StumbleThis module that we had created earlier we have created another bookmarking Drupal Technical Slashdotit Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Shlomi Fish (not verified) access_time 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 Hi! I'm interested in this module, but Drupal 6.2 complains that it's incompatible with it. Can you please update it or tell me how? Regards, Shlomi Fish shlomifish.org webmaster access_time 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 In reply to Can you update it for Drupal-6.x? by Shlomi Fish (not verified) Sure we are working on this currently and will post an update soon. Also we will post this module on www.drupal.org as well Cheers Anoop John Team Zyxware Anonymous (not verified) access_time 12 Jul 2020 - 16:07 Hello! Nice Article very interesting, thanks Add new comment
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