Drupal 8 is a Great Way of Panning Your Content and Website Migration


Planning in life is essential, and we need to plan things out before executing anything, because someone’s life may suffer from lack of planning and preparation. Imagine if we didn’t plan anything before we execute things, the street of Washington D.C. wouldn’t have the cleaned and carefully designed streets that they have, and the buildings wouldn’t be positioned the way they are, if planning was done first. If you fail to plan you are planning to fail, you are planning anyways, so if you have to plan, plan to win the day.

In today’s article, we are going to talk about planning your content migration and other aspects of migration in Drupal 8. It is essential to plan a migration because the source data must be analyzed and prepare before a migration takes place.

Getting everything right during a migration also involves lots of testing, rolling back and testing again once the new website has been built. During a migration, many possible cases may exist, therefore a single solution, will not satisfy a good sound migration plan. Different websites will have different migration plans.

All the little details must be taken into consideration, during a migration; a lot careful planning would determine if the migration is successful or not. A lot of consideration must be taken, to really see the benefits of migrating a website from an older version of Drupal to a newer version of Drupal.

The content of a website that is going to be migrated, should also be taken into consideration, to figure out which content is going to be needed, and which one is going to actually be used on the new site.

The functionalities of the old website have to also be considered when migrating to Drupal 8 because the new website must have the same functionalities as the old Drupal site, as your visitors and stakeholders have come to expect.

Better functionality will also add value to a website, but the website should still serve its regular users and visitors. Moving data from one source to another is one aspect of migration, rebuilding a whole new website is also part of it, so developers must look at migration as a site rebuild process and not just an upgrade. Any Drupal site which has been migrated should be handled as a new Drupal website, and even staff will need to be retrained due to the new infrastructure that Drupal 8 brings to websites.

There are of course many tools and resources used, to migrate your content, from an outside source onto Drupal. One of those tools is known as the migrate tools module, which provides Drush commands for running and rolling back custom migrations.

The migrate update module is also used to run Drupal-to-Drupal migrations, through Drush commands. The user interface is not as effective as Drush commands when running a migration.

Another module, which extends the migrate framework, and adds additional useful functionality, is the migrate plus module. Depending on the specific needs of the migration, there are additional contributed modules, available the might help a migration go successfully.

When migration from an older version of Drupal to the latest version of Drupal is to be achieved, the contributed modules that were made for such a task must be checked, to see if they are good and ready to use. A list of the modules installed on a website, and their availability of them, in Drupal 8, can be provided by the Upgrade Status Module.

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Hernando Cadet

Hi every one, I obtained a bachelor's degree in Bioinformatics back in 2006, from Claflin University, after I received my bachelor's degree, I gained full time employment as a software engineer at a Video Relay Service company, maintaining databases and developing software for a new developed device called the VPAD.

I worked at that company for two years, then I became a web developer, and worked for a magazine for three years. After that job, I worked as a Drupal web developer, as a subcontractor for the NIH, for a year and then left the job to go back to school.

Hernando Cadet

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