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Mar 20, 2017

3 Ways to Tell if You’re Ready for Drupal 8

Since the launch of Drupal 8, the community has been frequently releasing regular updates on the importance of upgrading, particularly if your site is still functioning on Drupal 6. Then the risk stakes are even higher. The key to knowing when to move to Drupal 8, is knowing when custom modules or functionalities are available through the Drupal community.

The Drupal community members will periodically update modules, and the availability of contributed modules also lets you choose which version of Drupal your website can be migrated.

There are various situations that may lead you to plan for an upgrade to Drupal 8:

1. You are building a new website in Drupal from scratch.

2. Your current website is in Drupal 6 and faces many issues.

3. Your current website is in Drupal 7 and you want to upgrade to Drupal 8 to enjoy the new and enhanced features.

Let’s go through each of these scenarios:


Building a new website

When you are building a new website, a primary analysis should be done on the complexity of the new website based on functionalities.

If the functionalities that you want to build in the new website are not available through the community and you want the vendor to write them in a custom way, this will incur a huge cost. You could end up paying almost double the cost of to develop in Drupal 8, instead of Drupal 7.

So, in this case, it is better to initially build the website in Drupal 7. Then, once all of the desired functionalities are available as contributed modules, the website can be easily upgraded to Drupal 8.

But, if the new website to be built is simple, one could directly choose Drupal 8.


Currently running in Drupal 6 and facing issues

If your site is currently in Drupal 6, you might be facing a host of issues. There may not be any obvious major issues if your website is simple and only consists of a few functionalities. However, Drupal 6 is now unsafe due to the lack security updates, making your website highly vulnerable to security attacks and malware.

It is recommended that you move to Drupal 7/Drupal 8 based on the availability of contributed modules for your functionalities. If contributed modules are available for all your features, it is highly recommended that you move to Drupal 8. But, if contributed modules are not available, it is better to move to Drupal 7 immediately. Then, when Drupal 8 offers contributed modules that meet your needs, the website could be easily migrated to Drupal 8.


Currently running in Drupal 7 and impressed by features of Drupal 8

The state of art Drupal 8 architecture offers enriched features that would exceed your expectations from any Content Management System.

Drupal 8, to a large extent, has enriched features compared to Drupal 7 in terms of performance, security, user experience and capabilities. If you want to explore the capabilities and you are certain that you could make a profit from this extra investment, moving to Drupal 8 is an obvious choice.

However, you should make sure that all your existing features exist in Drupal 8 before upgrading the site to Drupal 8.


So, what are those features that make Drupal 8 outstanding?

WYSIWYG editor is built in and that makes it easy to manage and edit content

• Provides better language support

• Provides conceptual explanations and detailed examples of using different APIs.

• Module Upgrader helps the admin to upgrade modules easily

• Module Acceleration Program is available to increase the availability of modules

• Highly configurable


Staying up to date with Drupal 8

As we mentioned, a huge part of knowing when to move to Drupal 8, is knowing when major contributed projects are available. There is a centralized place available on the Drupal community website that allows you to track the porting status of contributed modules called Drupal Contrib Tracker. The Contrib Tacker helps you to search the status of any new or upcoming contributions, all at one go.

You can now make a wise choice for your website and pick the version that suits your needs and budgets. If you are still confused, whether to move to Drupal 8 or 7, you can contact one of our representatives for consultation. Subscribe to our newsletter to know about our latest news, exclusive offers, design and development advice, and much more