We spend a lot of time reviewing the Drupal core upgrades as they are released. Today, we thought it made sense to take a look ahead at what is to come with the Drupal 8.7 release. With each and every minor release of Drupal 8 so far, we have been getting more excited about the future of the Drupal platform.
Administration UI Refresh Release
Drupal 8.7.x will continue with the theme of improving the UI/UX experience for content authors. One of the most exciting features that we see slated for 8.7.x is the refresh of the Drupal 8 Administration UI. If your curious in digging into this some more, check out the project page here: https://www.drupal.org/project/ideas/issues/3017785.
Stable Release of Layout Builder
On the site-building side of things, Layout Builder is expected to be released as stable. This is a huge step forward for site builder and advanced content editors. If you aren’t familiar with the feature, Layout Builder is an improved version of Panels/Panelizer that is being built into core. Fully integrated into the core revisioning system and workflow, Layout builder aims to provide configurable layouts which can be customized per display mode, and if required, per node. This flexibility combined with an improved, more granular permissioning system to help control access has us extremely excited for Drupal 8.7.x!
Configuration Management – Configuration Transformer API
From a developer perspective, improvements to core continue to move forward. In Drupal 8.7, there are some key enhancements expected for the Configuration Management system. One key update here is the Configuration Transformer API, which aims to make it easier to have different configurations on different environments. This is the first step in aiming to get environment specific configurations as part of core. Checkout the issue post for more information: https://www.drupal.org/project/drupal/issues/2991683.
Many other updates are sure to be included in the Drupal 8.7.x release. For a full roadmap of new releases for Drupal core, check out the core roadmap here: https://www.drupal.org/core/roadmap.
Check out our posts on other Drupal 8 Core Updates to give you an overview of the updates that are to come.