Updating themes to Drupal 8 #1 – Main changes

Drupal 8’s beta version was released a few month ago and now it is time to start porting themes. In this series we are going to discuss  the most noteworthy changes in Drupal 8 about theming. Quite significant changes were introduced in the theme system between Drupal 8 and 7. This guide contains information that applies to Drupal 8 and refers sometimes to Drupal 7 in order to explain new concepts and approaches.

Theming differences between Drupal 7 & 8

Behind the scenes

  • Views
    • Views allows site-builders to create lists, posts, galleries, tables, maps, graphs, menu items, blocks, reports, forum posts and more.
    • Views is now built into the core CMS and it is deeply integrated.
    • The front page listing is now a view, as are several administration pages.
    • Easily customize the front page, listing blocks, and more. It also means you can simply create custom admin pages, customize filters and actions.
  • More!
    • There are now more fields available (entity reference, link, date, e-mail, telephone, etc.)
    • Take comments on products
    • You can also now attach fields to forms to create custom forms
    • More collaborations on external libraries such as: Composer, PHPUnit, Guzzle, Zend Feed Component, Assetic and more.

Source: Drupal.org

In this short post we looked at the principal changes that Drupal 8 brings for us. In the next chapters we are going to make a look about more specific things like Twig, Folder Structure, Libraries and more.



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