July 1, 2014

What do the Experts have to Say on Migrating to Drupal 8?

Drupal 8 Migration

What do the Experts have to Say on Migrating to Drupal 8?

And we’re back! TechnoScore’s Drupal developers now ring the curtains up to help Drupal 6 and 7 site owners in determining their future course of action for migrating to Drupal 8.

Following our previous blog ‘What to Expect from Drupal 8?’ , we got a number of panicked calls from several Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 site owners. Here’s what TechnoScore’s Drupal Developers said to them and suggest you if you are a Drupal 6 or 7 site owner.

What should I do with my Drupal 7 website?

Drupal 7 will be as solid as it has ever been and it will be supported by the community till 2017. There is no need for you or any other Drupal 7 site owners to migrate to Drupal 8, until and unless one would like to jump on to the bandwagon.

Choosing to migrate to Drupal 8 from Drupal 7 also depends on the type of site one is running and the site’s dependency on additional modules. It becomes tough for developers to migrate the existing modules, all of a sudden.  So, based on the complexity of the integrated modules, one can choose to or not to migrate their Drupal 7 site.

So what does this mean for my Drupal 6 website?

With Drupal 8’s release just around the corner, we would recommend you to update your Drupal 6 site to Drupal 7 as soon as possible because the community support for D6 will soon disappear.

Why Don’t I Wait For the Launch of Drupal 8 and Then Directly Migrate my D6 Website to It?

Well, it depends. If you are having a simple D6 website, you can upgrade to Drupal 8 but not until it matures. On the other hand, if you’re having a D6 website that is complex and relies heavily on contributed modules, you should first upgrade to Drupal 7 because – A) Drupal 8 does not rely on additional modules. Chances are very strong that one might not find a module of their D6 website when directly migrating to D8, and B) There will be no community support for D6 websites.

The days are limited for those who are running a D6 website. While the D7 site owners have the time to analyse the best bet, D6 site owners will have to make quick decisions. However, the discussions in the Drupal community to extend the support for D6 websites for an extended period of 12 months post the launch of Drupal 8 are going strong.

Any Suggestions?

For Drupal 7 site owners – If you are swayed by the features of Drupal 8, we’re here to help.

For Drupal 6 site owners – The short answer is – Migrate immediately to D7!

We have been working on Drupal since its v4.0 days, developing a wide range of websites. We provide comprehensive Drupal Development Services on different versions of Drupal. Drop us an email at info@technoscore.com to learn how we can migrate, develop, and design a Drupal website for you.



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