In this article, we are going to see what are the important things you need to understand for the migration of your Drupal 7 site to the Drupal 9 site.
And if you see from your Business perspective, Drupal 7 was launched nine years ago, and this is the perfect time for some reassessment of the needs of site users & content managers.
And if you see from Drupal’s end, Initially, Drupal 7 end of life was scheduled for November 2021, later it was extended to November 2022, and currently, Drupal 7 end of life is scheduled to November 2023.
As a business, you will have many questions related to finding out the right people for your site migration from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8. Here’s are the few things you need to get checked before you get your site for migration:
- Does your site is quite small with content, just you have is one type of content & users are searching for such content on your site?
- Does your site have one type of content & SEO is a priority for you?
- Does your site have different types of content and different roles of users?
- Does your site have different types of content & different roles of users + with huge content in it?
- Does your site is with different types of content & users + different third-party integrations?
Effort & Time for Migration of your Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 depends on various such factors. And based on your case, you have to reach out to the right people. Here are a few consideration examples which you have a check to do this:
- For example, If your site has one type of content + one type of users & SEO is the priority. In this case, an Individual Drupal Expert or a small Pod of Drupal Experts can do this job for you. And Effort & Time for this can be 2 - 4 months roughly.
- For example, if your site is complex compared to the earlier example, then you might need a proper team of Architects, Tech leads, Drupal devs & QA to work on this.
You have to understand one thing, Migration of Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 will not be pretty straightforward work. In 90 percent of the cases, the migration from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 would be recreating the stuff (except the content migration)
From the Technical point of view, Drupal expert people can take up this, unless you have rare integrations & complex content structure in your site (which would need extra effort to sort such issues)
On the Other side, what happens if you don’t migrate?
- Since Drupal 7 is supported till November 2023, you would get support from Drupal for any security issue or any upgrades in contributed modules/themes.
- Drupal is moving towards Drupal 10, where migration Drupal 8 to 9 or 9 to 10 is pretty straightforward. But resources to pick Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 or 10 would be becoming less day by day (after Nov 2023)
- You will missout on the latest tech features in your site, which can be used by your site users & content managers.
Hope you got some idea in regards to preparing yourself for your site Migration from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9.