A Mobile-First Platform for a Mobile-First World

Drupal 8 has been praised for business and development enhancements in performance, scalability and ease-of-adoption. What end-users may appreciate most is Drupal 8’s new approach to mobile. Drupal’s latest is a “mobile-first” platform, that guarantees a seamless user experience for anyone (aka everyone) using a mobile device.

While Drupal 7 was “mobile-ready” (and there are indeed a number of responsive Drupal 7 websites floating around), its architecture was built for desktop, not mobile.

Drupal 8, however, focuses on the growing mobile world.

With the inclusion of new modules, changes brought forth from the community and the input from the Drupal 8 Mobile Initiative, Drupal 8 will provide:

The right fit for every device

Drupal 8’s native themes will now come fully responsive to ensure a higher level of functionality out of the box. Custom responsive theming will be even easier thanks to Drupal’s inclusion of the Breakpoints and Responsive modules. These modules will allow Drupal to specify sizes of screens to adapt to (breakpoints) while adjusting the sizing of content (such as images, fonts and tables) to fit, ensuring a personalized layout for every screen size. 

‘On the go’ performance

Drupal’s new focus on mobile is not just visual. In order to ensure a singular mobile experience, Drupal 8 includes a number of front-end performance enhancements to ensure that only needed files are loaded. This includes a number of tweaks to Drupal’s handling of javascript files, translating directly into quicker more efficient browsing.

This combined with Drupal’s already impressive performance enhancing toolset ensures that Drupal sites will offer blazingly fast performance on any device.

A mobile admin experience

It’s not only the front-end of Drupal that has seen the mobile-first light. The administration backend has also been redesigned to accommodate any device. Users can now sign into their accounts, add and review content, and comment natively on any device. Similarly, site administrators can change site permissions, configuration and settings with the same ease.

This is a feature that was sorely lacking in Drupal 7 and promises to drastically increase the user experience and convenience factor of anyone who has to sign in to a Drupal site.

Flawless functionality for web applications and websites

Drupal 8’s support of dynamic front-end frameworks, like Angular JS, has brought with it the possibility of creating complex web applications. While this was technically possible in Drupal 7 using contributed modules, it is a native feature in Drupal 8. This means that not only can it be done much easier, but with far fewer limitations.

Web applications can mean a completely customized experience, not only on mobile devices but for a plethora of new and innovative technologies, like the Apple iWatch. Moreover, it makes it possible for Drupal to be used to create not only websites but truly innovative and interactive user experiences, with the added benefit of providing a robust, easy to use backend in Drupal’s administrative interface.

With these new features built-in, not only is Drupal making mobile-first development an option but by including it in the core, it can be assured that mobile first solutions will continue to be honed and polished by the ever-active community. This translates directly to a more specialized, faster and easier to use mobile experience.

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