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May 15, 2017

How to Prepare Your Website for Drupal 8?

How to Prepare Your Website for Drupal 8? 

The future of Content Management Systems is here.

It has been a year since Drupal 8 was officially launched to the public. Still, not many people are aware of the awesome features Drupal 8 has to offer, or how it can streamline and fulfill their business needs in the digital marketing space.

Do you know about Drupal 8?

With 150+ new fantastic features, the recent launch of the world’s leading open source web content management system, Drupal 8 has rattled the digital marketing space. It provides features and functionalities that are non-existent in leading competitors like WordPress. Moreover, the administrator user interface is so intuitive and simple; anyone can start handling the website on their own.

One can still enjoy the scalability and flexibility of Drupal but in a more reliable and user-friendly way.

How to prepare your existing website for Drupal 8?

Here are few activities which can be done to prepare your website for exploiting the advantages of the Drupal 8.

  1. Website Audit

Just like a financial audit would identify irregularities in an account, same is the case with a website audit. In a website audit, kinks in the existing system are identified and recommendations are made regarding future upgrades that could help improve the website.

Generally, website audits like these are carried out by experts to check for dead links, workflows, performance, and many other parameters for the website. These details are logged in an audit report which is then provided to the user along with the recommendations. All these tiny details are essential while moving your website into Drupal 8. DrupalGeeks, as an organization has an excellent track record for completing site audits on powerful enterprise sites. It’s what has helped us in drastically improving a website’s performance.

  1. Modules Audit

Modules are the building blocks for Drupal CMS. For a modules audit, you need to identify which modules are present in the current system and which modules you can do away with. You should audit each module on the website and check if they will be updated/deprecated in Drupal 8. You should also identify any alternate way to implement any deprecated modules in Drupal 8. Currently, there are many modules in Drupal 7 that are actively maintained, but there is still no dev version of those modules available in Drupal 8.

You need to prepare a list collating all the above information to give you a clear picture of the modules in your proposed system. Again, here is where the experience of experts of DrupalGeeks can play a vital role. We can provide this information in an easy-to-read report.

  1. Apply Security Updates

While upgrading a website to Drupal 8, you should start looking at the Drupal core and security updates, as well. Generally, Drupal core and security updates should be a regular part of your website update process. When updates are not done regularly, outdated core and security updates can make the website more vulnerable to security attacks. This is a multi-step process. While moving to Drupal 8, the first step is to upgrade to latest version of Drupal 7. Then it can be moved to Drupal 8. Regularly checking and updating Drupal core and security updates is a good practice.

  1. Check Best Practices

You also have to check if best practices are being followed while

  • Writing Code

  • Configuration Settings

 

Following the above-mentioned steps would not only make life easy while upgrading to Drupal 8 but also could be beneficial in day to day maintenance of the existing website.