Migration to Drupal 8
Drupal 8 is the latest, greatest release of the world's most widely used enterprise web CMS. It's fast and flexible. It taps into the concentrated innovation from its open-source community. Drupal 8 has something for everyone who supports online content and digital experience at your organization: business decision-makers, site administrators, digital marketers, content managers, web developers, technical architects, and IT pros. The core platform now has more than 200 new features built-in. But it's more than a collection of features; Drupal 8 is a platform you can use to achieve digital success.
Why is Drupal 8 so awesome?
Drupal 8 Means Easier Content Authoring
Content creators and marketers can use the integrated WYSIWYG editor or navigate the site and use the new on-page editor.
Drupal 8 Means Mobile Everywhere
Drupal 8 is built for a mobile-first world. Everything in Drupal 8 supports responsive design.
Drupal 8 Means Better Language and Global Support
Improved multilingual and globalization support to deliver great digital experiences AND Drupal interface translations means Drupal speaks everyone's language.
Drupal 8 Means More Digital Ecosystem Integrations
Drupal plays nice with your organization's email, analytics, marketing automation, and other digital tech solutions.
Why migrate your Drupal site to Drupal 8?
#1 Built-in services-based, API architecture
Drupal 8 has a built-in services-based, API architecture. That means you can build new apps to deliver experiences across lots of devices quickly and your content only needs to live in one place. D8’s architecture means you don’t have to structure your data differently for each solution
#2 Twig – for faster and more secure engine theme
Drupal 8 comes with a new theme engine called Twig and that makes the frontend a lot more lightweight and manageable. It helps developers to create unique templates and therefore more functional and appealing websites that meet various business needs.
Twig is a widely adopted theme system in the PHP world. Twig’s syntax is simpler, and Twig is more secure than the PHP template-based theme system in Drupal 7. It allows designers and themers with HTML/CSS knowledge to modify markup without needing to be a PHP expert and with almost no risk of their actions causing security issues on your site.
#3 Multi-Lingual by default
The biggest difference between Drupal 7 and 8 is that the older version requires developers to use a number of modules while developing multilingual websites. On the other hand, Drupal 8 introduced four new key modules in its core:
- content translation
- interface translation
- configuration translation
These features enrich the Drupal’s possibilities for the development of multi-language websites.
#4 Better Configuration Management
Drupal 8 comes with built-in configuration management. This novelty makes easier for developers to move fields, views, content type, and similar configuration elements from the local development environment to the webserver.
#5 Faster Performance
Drupal 8 comes with cache entities that are able to improve website performance significantly. Developers can improve a website’s loading speed which is essential for great user experience.
#6 Flexible Field Types
Drupal 8 supports several new field types – date, email, telephone, link, and reference. The field types make it easier for programmers to add new fields without defining the field types additionally. For users, this means that content management is now simplified, powerful and attractive. They can use the option to add additional fields to comments, contact forms, blocks, nodes.
The support for both Drupal 7 and PHP 5 is going to end soon. And thus, you can expose yourself to the risk of not getting any security updates. Drupal 8, on the other hand, will have a way longer support. And it supports PHP 7 which is way faster than PHP 5. From both the security and performance perspective, it is best to take the decision to migrate your Drupal site to Drupal 8 soon.
How can Innoraft help?
- We have experience in understanding your current version of the Drupal site.
- We can define the migration path for you.
- We practice creating incremental paths so that there is no stone unturned on D day of migration.
- We assure you that your web property works as-is for the end-users or even better.
- And you know what, while you are migrating to Drupal 8, you should also evaluate if you need a facelift of your application, i.e. revamp of UI/UX. If you do, we help you with that too.
If you have not thought about migrating to Drupal 8 yet, we urge you to do it now. If you have been evaluating and contemplating but have not been able to understand the cost and benefit, please get in touch with us and we will be happy to assist you with that.