Backdrop: An Excellent CMS That Works Same as D7!

2 March 2015

Boston: Web users are pretty much excited about the release of Drupal 8. Drupal 8 is a super slick platform with full of frameworks and object oriented coolness. A lot of people have put their time in understanding how to do things on Drupal 7. And hence we know that the idea of doing things on Drupal 8 will certainly be a little dismaying. This is where the Backdrop comes into picture; it aims to serve developers and the end users who want to continue doing things in the same way as Drupal 7 (not falling behind the curve of new technology).

In the beginning, Drupal 7 took some time to take off which motivated it for such an early development of Drupal 8.

Here are few reasons for the late take-off of Drupal 7:

  1. Drupal 7 was very different from its previous version (Drupal 6) that it took a significant amount of time and money to understand it correctly.
  2. Drupal 7 is a bit more abstracted when compared to Drupal 6. For example, the commerce suite of modules is extremely powerful and is considered to be the de facto solution by most of the Drupal developers. But it’s more of a construction kit than an assembled product.
  3. Drupal 8 also needs developers who possess in-depth knowledge and experience to make the most out of it as a development platform. It was then considered as an expensive process to hire such experienced developers into some smaller organizations. So the Drupal 7 started to take off gradually.

Here are some well-defined tenets of Backdrop:

  1. The first and foremost tenet of Backdrop is to serve some small businesses, schools, non-profits or any other organizations which have been started with a low budget. It allows developers to extend their knowledge; this minimizes the talent pool strain which in turn leads to more affordable web development solutions.
  2. The next thing is that it must be easy to use so that the site developers with lack of coding experience must also be able to use it without a ramp up time.
  3. Also the contrib developers must be more valued than the core developers; the idea behind this is that, more the hands on core development, more will be the potential of module developers who tries to hook into an API.

How Backdrop is different from Drupal 7?

Both Backdrop and Drupal 7 have a lot of similarities; they both look alike as they come with default Bartik and Seven themes. By having a close look, we can find some enhancements made in Backdrop which help in moving things more quickly.

  1. Dropdown menu in Backdrop comes with sensible options.
  2. You will not be facing annoying admin overlay.
  3. The themes are highly responsive.
  4. Backdrop comes with layouts and much lighter versions of panels that are very powerful
  5. Blocks in Backdrop are much smarter and they have certain selection rules that when they are combined with layouts, they would offer us the experience of panels.

Already, we can see that many are getting ported from Drupal 7 to Backdrop. But building a new backdrop module is almost same as creating the one in Drupal 7. The coding conventions and also the hooks seem to be the same.

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