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