Project present and future
- Version 1.17 current release (released September 15, 2020)
- Goals for Version 1.18 (release scheduled for January 15, 2021)
- Goals for future 1.x releases
- Version 2.0 (not before Jan 2024)
Key features in version 1.17
Release date: September 15th, 2020
- Layouts: Allow support for custom contexts
- Layouts: Allow all blocks to have an admin label and description
- Image fields: Add an option to allow lazy-loading of images
- Expand image tokens to allow image styles (imagecache_token functionality added to core)
- Security: Enforce some basic password constraints (no username or email as password)
- Security: Use .htaccess files to further secure the config directory (when apache is used)
Features planned for version 1.18
Scheduled release date: January 15th, 2021
- Support for MySQL 8
- 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 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.