Project present and future
- Version 1.19 current release (released May 15, 2021)
- Goals for Version 1.20 (release scheduled for September 15, 2021)
- Goals for future 1.x releases
- Version 2.0 (not before Jan 2025)
Key features in version 1.19
Release date: May 15th, 2021
Backdrop 1.19 (announcement and release notes); focused on adding new Layout functionality, consolidating the project update pages, and improving the out-of-the-box user experience and the admin interface consistency.
- Add support for "Relationships" to Layout Contexts
- Add support for attributes in backdrop_add_css()
- Text filters: Add support for a 'nolink' class, to prevent URLs and email addresses from being converted to links
- Add "node-by-viewer" and "node-by-anonymous" classes
Features planned for version 1.20
Scheduled release date: September 15th, 2021
- Advanced Caching (a.k.a. cache tags and cache max-age)
- Save Draft (module) in core
- Add a filename filter to the media selection dialog
- Upgrade UI module (similar to Migrate UI in D8)
- 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 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 2022. 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.