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What's New in Drupal 8: Blocks

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    with Kyle Hofmeyer
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    One of the biggest questions people are asking
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    about Drupal 8 is, what is new?
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    What are the differences between Drupal 6 and Drupal 7
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    when compared to that of Drupal 8?
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    In this presentation I'm going to discuss what
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    is new when it comes to blocks.
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    The Blocks system in Drupal 8 has similarities to Drupal 6 and 7,
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    but in reality are drastically different.
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What's New in Drupal 8: Blocks


Blocks have always been a part of Drupal and have always been a very limiting way of putting content on your site. Just to make it a usable system, contributed modules were almost always required. Drupal 8 has come a long way and has added much needed functionality to the core block system.

In this presentation we will cover what is new when it comes to the block system in Drupal 8 and the advantages that it offers.

What is different?

  • Custom blocks, and blocks in general, can be used more than once
  • A block title is now an on/off check box instead of having to use <none>
  • A block can be placed in more than one region
  • You can create "block types" much like content types
  • The UI is easier to use with new blocks now in a sidebar instead of at the bottom
  • This sidebar UI allows for dynamic filtering to make it even easier to find a block
  • Configurations of block types and layout are now in code
  • Blocks are plugins

To learn more about blocks, refer to our Blocks topic page.

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