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Drupal upgrades

All of our new Drupal sites are built on Drupal 8 to be ready for painless migration to Drupal 9, when that is released.

We can also upgrade sites from older versions of Drupal to newer ones: we can migrate Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 and upgrade Drupal 6 to 8, or 7 to 8.

Migrate Drupal 6 to Drupal 7

Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 migration steps are relatively simple when compared with migrating to Drupal 8. Importantly, Drupal guarantees that your data is safe between major version upgrades and when undertaking a Drupal 6 to 7 migration, the Drupal database will be upgraded in place. 

We can migrate you from Drupal 6 to 7, but it’s not something we recommend. Instead, we suggest you consider migrating straight to Drupal 8, which also includes a database upgrade. Drupal 8 incorporated a lot of popular Drupal 6 modules and extensions into the core Drupal product. This means this migration works fabulously well. You will need to build a new theme for your website, as Drupal 8 includes a new way of delivering website front-ends. But if you’re still running a Drupal 6 site, that’s probably a good investment anyway, as it will allow you to take advantage of modern web principles. 

Migrate to Drupal 8

Drupal 8 marked a significant step forward when it was released. Between 7 and 8, Drupal adopted Symfony and lots of PHP code from the wider PHP community, along with popular Drupal 6 modules. 

As a result, any upgrade to Drupal 8 will involve a significant amount of work to rebuild your existing functionality. (Don’t believe anyone who claims it’s a quick and easy job.) But it’s definitely worth it. Among the benefits of Drupal 8 are the extra care given to multilingual sites. Configuration management, which allows larger teams to work on Drupal 8 websites concurrently, has also been improved.

Additionally, every site we migrate to Drupal 8 is built to be Drupal 9 ready. When that is released, your next migration will be straightforward and painless.  

Platform migration

Drupal is powerful and quick, making it an ideal choice if you’re considering upgrading your content management system (CMS) or eCommerce platform. It’s not quite magic, but it comes close.

We have migrated content and commerce platforms to Drupal for many clients over the years and we love the challenge! Whether it’s a straightforward migration or you want to enhance your offerings at the same time, we can work with you to make that happen.

We’ll also support you and your team in learning how to use Drupal. It’s not complicated, but we appreciate that moving to any new CMS can feel daunting. Importantly, we always consider staff as one of our ‘personas’ when we look at user experience for any new systems we build. Once you’re up and running, you’ll appreciate the difference that Drupal can make to getting the job done.