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Ensure Drupal 8 Compatibility Before the Upgrade

Authored by Ameex Technologies on 11 Sep 2018

Gartner Magic Quadrant 2018 for Digital Experience Platforms features Drupal as A challenger with “An ability to Execute, with strong businesses and customer bases and products that suit current demands.”

Millions of personal and business website programmers rely on Drupal for site development and content management. Early March witnessed the release of Drupal 8.5.0, the latest updated version of the open-source software. For businesses upgrading from an earlier version of Drupal, or making the switch from another software platform, the question of compatibility can be a challenge to answer.

Whether switching from either version 6 or 7 to the most recent iteration of Drupal, or making the move from WordPress, Joomla, and any number of other platforms, knowing how content will react during the transition is crucial to continuity. At Ameex, we know how important functionality is during a conversion. That’s why we perform site audits to evaluate and simulate site performance during an upgrade.

Content management is an integral and vital part of a successful online presence. A crashed site can mean lost followers, customers, and profits. Know what the results will be, before upgrading your site’s content management platform to ensure continued clicks and profitable activity.

Why Rely on Drupal 8?

Drupal is a trusted content management software that programmers, businesses, and governments rely on for reliable and effective online presentation. With a proven track record, Drupal is the choice of nations and cities like France and London. Also, a wide range of businesses and organizations have made Drupal their go-to platform — from the BBC and MTV UK, to Oxford University and Amnesty International.

Besides being free, Drupal is available in over 100 languages and has been developed with input from leading programmers and experts around the globe. Poised to set a new standard from content management, version 8.5.0 arrives with newly integrated features and enhanced functionality.

Make a Smooth Transition

Drupal migration

Despite many improvements in the latest version, for sites that already exist in Drupal 6 or 7, a transition to Drupal 8 carries the possibility of disruptions to certain functionalities, modules, themes, and translations. Upgrading from lower versions is dependent on the migration approach.

Because of the migration, developers first have to create a clean Drupal eight site. Once a clean site is established, Drupal 6 or 7 configuration and content can be migrated to the new version — leaving the previous sites intact and functional. Running a test migration is the best method to test and resolve compatibility issues that may arise during an upgrade.

A site audit allows developers and engineers to understand existing functionalities and how they may respond during an upgrade.

Maintain Visibility

Whether upgrading to Drupal 8, or transitioning from a different platform, conducting a website audit is a valuable tool for enhanced performance and online reliability. Ensure that your company and clients’ sites will be visible and fully functional following an upgrade. Contact our professionals to create a demo for Drupal 8 upgrades.

Maintain compatibility, full functionality, and most importantly, visibility after upgrading from Drupal 6 or 7. Rely on Ameex to keep your company’s online presence where it needs to be: front and center for the world to see.