Drupal 6.0 Launched!
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Drupal.org announced today the release of its version 6.0. “After one year of development we are ready to release Drupal 6.0 to the world,” said Gábor Hojtsy pronouncing the release. “Thanks to the tireless work of the Drupal community, over 1,600 issues have been resolved during the Drupal 6.0 release cycle.”

“…changes are evident in Drupal 6’s major usability improvements, security and maintainability advancements, friendlier installer, and expanded development framework,” says Hojtsy.

This much awaited release is being claimed to be “the easiest version of Drupal ever,” and showcases several new and exciting features:

Quick and easy setup: The new installer guides you quickly through the process. You can even import translations of the Drupal interface from within the installer and enjoy Drupal in your own language right from the start.

Drupal 6.0 Launched!
Drag-and-drop administration: Use drag-and-drop to create and manage your site’s menus. Move blocks around to change the content on your pages, or organize books intuitively by dragging pages within an outline. The drag-and-drop interface is available for menu items, forums, taxonomy terms, uploaded files, input formats, profile fields, etc.

Drupal 6.0 Launched!
All languages spoken here: You can translate posts to different languages through an easy interface. Further you can have Drupal automatically choose a language for the interface based on a custom URL, a user setting or browser preferences. Take advantage of left-to-right and right-to-left language support directly “out-of-the-box”

Drupal 6.0 Launched!
Improved multilingual interface: Automatically import translations when adding a new language, installing modules or enabling themes.

Quick interface translation: Download and install the optional localization client module to translate the Drupal interface.


Actions and triggers: If you need a custom workflow or want to send customized e-mails when a post is created or control how posts are published. You can automate your processes with just a few clicks using the new “actions” feature. Further, no programming knowledge required and actions are available for posts, users, comments and more.

Drupal 6.0 Launched!
Sign in with OpenID: OpenID support is built in, so it’s easier for your visitors to become a member of your site. OpenID is a free and easy way to use a single digital identity across the Internet.

Update status module: Know when new versions or security fixes are available. The update status module stays in touch with drupal.org to keep you informed of new versions of Drupal, your modules and your themes.

Drupal 6.0 Launched!

CSS-only theming: Lets you define regions, dependencies and features with simple theme .info files without writing a line of PHP code, opening the door to slim CSS-only themes.

Theme developer module: Drupal 6 supports new tools for themers, including the Theme Developer module (a separate download). It’s the equivalent of Firebug, but for Drupal theming and will enhance your theming workflow.

Drupal 6.0 Launched!
Customize your theme: Change how something looks, almost all themeable content now uses separate template files written in simple HTML, so just copy a template to your theme directory and modify as desired. No coding – no hassle.

Drupal 6.0 Launched!

Enhanced preprocessing:
Preprocessing functions free themers from maintaining PHP code (the template.php file) in themes. Themes remain flexible as before and with improved, comprehensive documentation, are even easier to use.

A unified approach: Drupal 6 extends its themeing support and automatic translation features to interface elements provided by JavaScript.

Updated jQuery: Since the release of Drupal 5, Drupal has leveraged the powerful JavaScript library jQuery to deliver its interface enhancements and Ajax interactions. Drupal 6 continues this tradition, using jQuery to provide an even richer user experience. The jQuery version 1.2.3 is included with Drupal 6.


We’ve got your back!: The security team helps you keep your site secure. Working closely with the authors of contributed projects and the core Drupal code committers, coordinated security releases are published as necessary. With the core Update status module and a subscription to the e-mail Security Announcements list, you’ll know about new security updates quickly.

Password strength checking: Get instant feedback on the strength of your password.

Drupal 6.0 Launched!
Granular permissions: Role-based permissions are much more refined. You can manage your user’s privileges with ease and precision.

PHP format secured: The “PHP input format” is now an “opt-in” core module, rather than being enabled by default. Safer for you.

There are lots of other changes pertaining to Performance and maintenance, such as Optimized code; Scalability options; A new menu system; Better file handling; Extended logging; Schema API; Batch API and Scripting from the command line.

Other small enhancements entail: Better polls; Forum improvements; Easier path alias management; E-mail notifications; Better anonymous commenting; New teaser handling; Sticky table headers; Custom date formats and Pretty signatures.

We’ve been designing custom Drupal templates and extensions, module installations, integration with third-party applications and more for quite some time now. Like most others, we too had been eagerly waiting for this new release, so that we can provide high-value solutions to our clients. Since, 6.0 has just been launched it would be a couple of weeks before we are totally into it.

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