Drupal 8 FAQ
- Can I use Drupal 8 right now?
- What has the release of Drupal 8 meant for Drupal 6?
- When should I move a Drupal 7 site to Drupal 8?
- How can I update the code of my own modules?
- How can I help finish Drupal 8?
- Is Drupal 8 meant for a particular size or type of organization?
- Which version of Drupal should I choose—7 or 8—to build something new?
- Are some sites already using Drupal 8?
1. Can I use Drupal 8 right now?
Yes. Drupal 8 is available for download now.
Whether you consider yourself an early adopter or a bit more conservative, choose Drupal 8 when its maturity aligns with your sense of investment and your project’s life cycle. Most people will rely at least a little bit on core usage statistics to help them choose the right time.
For the status of various contributed modules, check out the Drupal 8 Contrib Porting Tracker.
2. What has the release of Drupal 8 meant for Drupal 6?
On February 24, Drupal 6 reached end-of-life. It's no longer supported by the community. Read the end-of-life announcement to find out what this might mean for you and how to get long-term support. We don’t recommend starting a new project with Drupal 6 now.
3. When should I move a Drupal 7 site to Drupal 8?
There’s no site maintenance reason to upgrade right away. Drupal 7 will be supported long after Drupal 8 is officially released. But if there’s a new or improved feature in D8—like fully translatable admin interfaces, or native schema.org markup—that you think could make your work better, take advantage of it.
4. How can I update the code of my own modules?
It is easiest to start with using the Drupal Module Upgrader which helps you with a first pass of the update. For the rest, we have documentation for upgrading modules to Drupal 8, introductions to all of the new APIs, and inline code documentation available on api.drupal.org. For a list of all the changes, see drupal.org/list-changes.
5. How can I help work on Drupal 8?
Drupal 8 already has over 3,200 contributors, but more help is always appreciated! A good way to start is by getting involved through core contribution mentoring. Our mentors love to help new people get involved, and there is always something that you can help with. It’s also an excellent way to learn Drupal 8.
6. Is Drupal 8 meant for a particular size or type of organization?
An important thing to remember is that Drupal 8 is still Drupal. The open source content management system is so flexible that it is used by everyone from hobbyists and small non-profit organizations to large government entities and Fortune 500 companies. Drupal 8 has more than 200 improvements that will bring new capabilities and efficiencies to virtually any type of implementation, large or small.
7. Which version of Drupal should I choose—7 or 8—to build something new?
We recommend choosing Drupal 8 because of its improvements. But as mentioned in Angie Byron's Everything You Need to Know About the Top Changes in Drupal 8 (Slideshare), consider criteria such as: deployment schedule requirements, whether you can accomplish most of your requirements with core, and the expertise of your team. Ultimately, the right version for you depends on your code, configuration, and organizational needs and capabilities.
8. Are some sites already using Drupal 8?
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