In the past, we had partnered with website developers who developed our site without sharing their process making updates and site maintenance a difficult and time consuming task. The Cheeky Monkey team made us part of their process from project initiation all the way up to project hand off.
CESAR GUERRA, IT PROJECT MANAGER & ANDREW RIVERA, WEB DEVELOPER, AMERICAS' HEALTH PLAN
Drupal 7 and 8 End of Life
Drupal 7 support has had a stay of execution, with a new date of November 2023 for end of life, and Drupal 8 (unsupported as of Nov 2021) where the platform will no longer be supported by the Drupal community. The Drupal community will no longer provide contributions to those Drupal cores, modules, or security. Don’t worry though, there will be paid programs and organizations that will ensure your site is still manageable and updated as best as it can be. (Even if you cannot pre-plan or organize a website upgrade before 2021!)
As Drupal moves forward as technology progresses, we must embrace these changes. Why do we have to be progressive in technology? The answer is simple. More unique and enhanced features for user experience, administrative experience, flexibility, scalability, performance, stability, and certainly, security. As technology advances, so does the increased threat of having your site compromised.
Implementing newer technology, with all these improvements and enhancements, helps you get to a positive Return On Investment (ROI) faster. Organizations that are consistently growing and upgrading to the latest platforms are more likely to increase their long term revenue, while at the same time, saving money by reducing costs on administration, and menial repetitive business processes the technology can automate.
Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 Migration
Completing a Drupal migration from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 can be like going from a gas car to an electric car, except that Drupal 9 is just as fast if not faster. It’s worth it, but you’ll need to put one of our senior developer monkeys on it.
Drupal 9 is way faster than Drupal 7.
Why? It has something to do with more backend caching options. What’s backend caching? Backend caching works kind of like the faster speed button on your toothbrush, when you hit the button, the bristles spin faster.
When it comes to structure, Drupal 9 is way easier to manage. The developers said something about inheritance, design patterns, and polymorphism, object oriented programming (OOP) or something. According to them, this allows for more flexibility than scripting, because you’re working around objects. Basically, this means that you will have to replace fewer computers, have less broken windows, and whoever updates your website will be able to keep their hair.
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Migrating From WordPress To Drupal
WordPress and Drupal are both great open-source ("free") CMS systems, with strong communities. As your organization grows, your website will need to grow with it. WordPress can do a lot, but it cannot do everything Drupal can. In fact, we have yet to find a limitation of where Drupal can't go.
Even better, when you migrate from WordPress to Drupal, you get to keep your content and your SEO value, since you’ve just switched to a platform with limitless options.
If you're planning on scaling your organization, or are just looking for a bit more flexibility, reach out to the Monkeys and examine the benefits of switching from WordPress to Drupal.
Do You Need to Migrate or Upgrade Your System?
If you answer 'Yes' to any of these, it may be worth a quick call with us:
- Your current Drupal system is out of date, and you’re looking to upgrade to the new and improved version.
- You’re using another content management system (CMS) like Magento or Shopify, and you’re looking for something with a little more flexibility and speed.
- Your current CMS is a headache and you have no hair left to pull out. It’s ok. We’ve all been there.
- Your organization has grown, and you need a CMS that can grow with you.
- You’ve got loads of data, but you’re using an old and outdated data management system, and you’ve decided it’s time to put that data into something a little more manageable.