Are you considering a Drupal 8 upgrade or rebuild?
Well, we wouldn’t blame you. Drupal 8 is incredible.
With more than 200 new features and improvements, the recent release of the world’s leading open source web content management system is unmatched. It provides the functionality that is nonexistent in leading competitors like WordPress.
You’ll still get to enjoy the flexibility, scalability, and creative freedom of the Drupal you know and love, but in a more reliable, powerful, and user-friendly way.
To ensure a seamless transition over to Drupal 8, here are a few tips on how to prepare your website to maximize your development budget and timeline.
1. Audit Your Current Website
Think about these two questions:
What does your site do well?
What do you wish your site did well?
To know how you want your current website to evolve, it’s important to consider where it is at right now from a technical standpoint.
Now, getting to the nitty gritty
What parts of your site do you use the most? What parts are no longer used? Do you have bad workflows? Do you find your administrative interface confusing?
Start an ever-so-useful Google Doc. This will help you log all of these details and outline any challenges you have when using your website. When you are in the process of building a site these tiny details can easily get lost in the shuffle when they really should be the main focus.
This is even more important when realizing that Drupal 8 is a much more modular and scalable approach to CMS design and content authorization.
And now, think about the modules. Oh, the hundreds of modules.
What modules on your site are being utilized? Are there any that aren’t necessary?
Audit each module by looking at each module’s page on Drupal.org to see which ones are up to date, deprecated, have lost interest, or have developed a more preferred way of executing the task.
And if you have any issues investigating this, remember, we got you. We want to help you along this process to make sure you don’t lose sleep, or the motivation to have a website made with the best technology out there.
Remember, this whole website-upgrade-rebuild thing shouldn’t be a headache.
Shoot us an email so we can help guide you in the right direction towards Drupal 8, or answer any questions you may have.