Backdrop CMS - D7 fork with CMI, Layouts, Views etal in core

Drupal Camp Asheville 2024 - July 12th-14th

Mountain View Room
Start Time



Jon Firebaugh

Presentation will focus on why to use Backdrop CMS, Backdrop's committment to affordability, the various improvements over Drupal 7, and the ease of moving from D7 to Backdrop. A feature demonstration will follow a short video and slidedeck. There will be a drawing for those present for the new book -  "Beginning Backdrop CMS" by Todd Tomlinson

Backdrop, is always responsive. Switch between themes while keeping your layout intact. Unlimited layouts and contextual configuration for every page.

Deploy easily using new configuration management tools.

Configure your site on one server and easily move that configuration to another server. All configuration in Backdrop (Content types, Views, Layouts, Image Styles, etc.) are stored outside your database, so you can manage them either with version control or through the user interface.

Serve pages fast, even on shared hosting.

Backdrop is lean and mean. Backdrop focuses on common problems and eliminates cruft. With a focus performance and optimizations for MySQL, Switch easily from Drupal 7.

Is your site built on Drupal 7? Backdrop will be familiar to you and your developers. Upgrading most modules to Backdrop can be done in days or even hours. With a familiar architecture, it's easy to upgrade.

Enjoy many other improvements, including:

  • Dynamic list builder, Views, in core
  • Automatic pattern-based URL generation
  • HTML5 page elements
  • Module page filter
  • AJAX dialog system
  • Responsive administration bar
  • More efficient RTL language support
  • New dropbutton element
  • Updated jQuery and jQuery UI
  • Separate language content and UI negotiation
  • Built-in bulk operations in Views
  • Object-oriented entities
  • Increased reuse of templates
  • Improved password reset
  • Improved password meter
  • Rebranded installer
  • Simplified file organization

Backdrop is stable, and available for download today. All included libraries have been brought up to date, so you can build your sites on a modern foundation. 


Some useful links: (BackdropCMS Home) (porting a D7 module to Backdrop)