Great Things About Drupal 6.0



February 14, 2008

Drupal 6.0 was just released yesterday and we're pretty excited about this as we've been watching the latest release evolve over the last year now.

We wanted to highlight just a few of the enhancements we've seen over 5.x:

  • Better i18n Support - it's gotten so much better since we started working with it back in 4.6, but issues like menus & internationalization will work much better now
  • Built in Teasers - A lot of folks like the ability to define custom teaser pages like we had set up for our old CMS This will help with the migration
  • Better Block Handling - drag and drop in blocks and menus
  • Performance Improvements - built in block cache makes it faster
  • Easier installation - with each version it keeps getting easier for new people to set up a site.
  • Actions and triggers - allow for more dynamic and interactive content
  • Theme Developer - this should help make it easier to troubleshoot and set up new themes Drupal (sorta like a firebug for Drupal)
  • Access Control - list of roles stays at the top so you know what you are editing with sticky table headers
  • Postgresql Database Support - We've had a number of clients ask about support for this other great open source database
  • Localization Client Module - Helping users find and translate non-translated strings on the fly
  • Built in OpenID Support - Now make it easier for everyone with access to OpenID (all of Yahoo's 250 million users) to register for your site
  • Update Status - The easiest way to keep track of what code needs to be updated.

If you've got a Drupal 4.x or 5.x site you want to upgrade to take advantage of some of these new options, please let us know!  We know how to keep your site up-to-date and running smoothly. 

About The Author

Mike Gifford is the founder of OpenConcept Consulting Inc, which he started in 1999. Since then, he has been particularly active in developing and extending open source content management systems to allow people to get closer to their content. Before starting OpenConcept, Mike had worked for a number of national NGOs including Oxfam Canada and Friends of the Earth.