Project present and future
- Version 1.16 current release (released May 15, 2020)
- Goals for Version 1.17 (release scheduled for September 15, 2020)
- Goals for future 1.x releases
- Version 2.0 (not before Jan 2024)
Key features in version 1.16
Release date: May 15th, 2020
- Vastly improved the UX of the text format configuration form, by merging the UI elements that allow you to enable/disable, reorder and configure filters into a single draggable table
- Autocomplete is now available on all link/path fields
- Disabled text formats can now be re-enabled
- Any configuration value can be overridden in settings.php
- Author and Date display can now be customized for each content type
- Individual content types can now be excluded from the search index
- No password required when creating user accounts, if the "Notify user of new account" option is selected
Features planned for version 1.17
Scheduled release date: September 15th, 2020
- Add the ability to use the admin theme on the log-in pages.
- more TBD
Goals for 1.x
All Backdrop 1.x releases will include new features that do not require API breaks. A subset of proposed topics are listed below. Please note: our priorities may change based on the most urgent needs of the Backdrop community.
- A more intuitive administrative User Interface with each release.
- Improving the out-of-the-box User Experience with each release.
- Improve the admin interface for people on RTL languages.
- Ensure that a transition from Drupal 7 is as smooth as possible.
- More TBD!
- Automatic core updates (manual core self-updates have been available since 1.11).
- A flexible reference field for content, user accounts, etc.
- Improve and expand multi-lingual support
- More TBD!
Goals for 2.0
Backdrop 2.0 will NOT be released before January 15th, 2024.
Backdrop Version 1 will continue to be the active branch of development until at least 2024. Development will continue on version 1 for at least 2 years after Drupal 7's end-of-life in November 2021. Backdrop version 1 will continue to be supported until Backdrop version 3 is released.
Backdrop 2.0 will include the removal of deprecated functions, and will most likely include changes in HTML markup.
The upgrade from Backdrop 1 to Backdrop 2 will be easier than the upgrade from Drupal 7 to Backdrop CMS, which is already easier than the upgrade from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8.
See the GitHub issue tracker for more 2.x issues for a set of proposed changes that cannot happen during the 1.x cycle.