Project present and future
- Version 1.23 current release (released September 15, 2022)
- Goals for Version 1.24 (release scheduled for January 15, 2023)
- Goals for future 1.x releases
- Version 2.0 (not before Jan 2025)
Key features in version 1.23
Release date: September 15th, 2022
Backdrop 1.23 (release notes); the most noteworthy new feature in the 1.23.0 release is the addition of the Entity Reference module to core. This long anticipated feature is finally a reality. This release also includes multiple user experience and developer experience improvements. New features include:
- Added Entity Reference module to core.
- Added new setting to allow the comment title to be hidden.
- Added new Date field widget to utilize HTML5.
- Added a "Taxonomy term: Depth" Visibility condition for blocks and layouts.
Features planned for version 1.24
Scheduled release date: January 15th, 2023
- Add field group functionality to core.
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 interface with every release.
- Improved the out-of-the-box Experience.
- Ensure that a transition from Drupal 7 is as smooth as possible.
- More TBD!
- Automatic core updates (push-button core updates have been available since 1.11).
- A flexible reference field for content, user accounts, etc. (available since 1.23).
- Improved multilingual support (especially for RTL languages).
- More TBD!
Goals for 2.0
Backdrop 2.0 will NOT be released before January 15th, 2025.
Backdrop Version 1 will continue to be the active branch of development until at least January 15th, 2025. 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 or Drupal 9.
See the GitHub issue tracker for more 2.x issues for a set of proposed changes that cannot happen during the 1.x cycle.