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on 26th October 2016 / by Safia.F.Mohiuddin
You might be getting the most from your Drupal 6 website, but with the version 7 and 8 already on full gear, you might hurt your web presence sooner than later. Drupal 7 And 8 Offerings You Cannot Disregard It’s time to make a planned move to a more recent Drupal version now. Some of the features that make Drupal 8 move worthwhile include: Better Content Management Experience The content management experience is even more flexible and efficient with in place editing and advanced image handling. 200 New Features The latest Drupal version takes care of every aspect of your digital experience, with the required mobile shift built into the architecture. Further, multilingual support adds value. Reasons For Your Drupal Version Upgrade Drupal 7 and 8 are designed thoughtfully to cater to the requirements of enterprises of all sizes: Migration Modules Drupal makes it easy for website owners to migrate through inbuilt modules. Community Support Community support for Drupal 6 has ended now that Drupal 8 has kicked in. With only bug fixes and critical security updates on hand, minus community support for older Drupal, it would be wise to upgrade and be part of an exciting Drupal community. Technology Integration Drupal 8 is seamlessly integrated with web trends, i.e. web accessibility, usability and support for technologies like HTML 5, CSS3 and JavaScript. What’s Interesting Inside The New Drupal Black Box On the inside, Drupal 8 is built using top of the rack robust technologies for maximum leverage to your web portal: Refined Object Oriented code, Cron task scheduling, and Schema.org support Web services to ride on and connect with any enterprise platform or cloud technology Configuration management ideally suited for high-speed web releases High security and authentication with better administrative support So What Should Be Your Ideal Upgrade Path Depending on your choice of functions and complexity, you might want to go in for a gradual or complete migration based on the choice of modules that will help you strategically. You might also want to consider the development and technology costs. Next, consider the risk involved. If you want to play safe, then v7 might sound like a viable option, only to be replaced with a gradual upgrade to version 8 in the near future. Version 7 is a good starting point owing to the 80.3% websites on version 7 of Drupal. However, if you decide to stay with version 6, then that might contain more pronounced risk (including the possibility of hitting the dead end with an obsolete website). Specialist expertise can help you evaluate your current requirements and optimally carve out an upgrade path that leads to sound web architecture for your enterprise. At Zyxware, we evaluate the cost, risk and time that can enable remarkable returns on investment for your enterprise and empower you to deliver a compelling web strategy. To know more, get in touch with us! ReferencesShould you upgrade to Drupal 7?Why upgrade from from Drupal 6https://www.drupal.org/project/drupalDrupal usage statisitics Drupal 6 Drupal Migration Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 24th February 2016 / by Moses Raymond
As a user and developer, you would have surely heard about Drupal, an open source Content Management system (CMS) that has great developer network and is free and most secure too. All said and done, if you decide to make the transition from your existing CMS to Drupal, you would surely want to understand the steps to be taken, the cost involved etc. before you take the plunge. If the right kind of homework is done prior to migration, your team will be better prepared for the change and will also keep the migration costs down. The development company to whom your organization will entrust this task to, would need to be prepped up with the right information before undertaking the migration and to receive the right quote too. Let us delve deeper into this migration process for a better understanding and a smoother transition: Have a Migration Plan in place: Just like a traveller prepares for a journey and considers the various pitfalls and breaks, a Migration plan ensures that there are no hiccups in this migrating agenda. As cost is the primary factor to be considered, the migration plan will make sure that the budget is in place and there are no surprises in store. Keep a ready answer for the following questions when you decide to migrate to Drupal: Is there a person who has been nominated to represent the migration? What is the time frame given for the process? Can the migration cost be justified? When will the ROI on migration become available? Readiness on these fronts will be a great way to begin the process and will go a long way in helping the development team to hasten and work within the time frame. This will ultimately save money. Period. Taking a fresh perspective: Your business website may have become stale and boring over a period of time, and migration to Drupal may be the perfect opportunity to make the necessary changes. As soon as the decision to migrate is taken, it would do good to prepare fresh content or outsource it to a dedicated writer. Remember that well-written and quality content writing takes time and hence needs advance planning. This should not become one of the reasons for any delays in launching the refurbished website. Auditing your site: Auditing your website should be done from two perspectives viz. Organizational and Technical before the actual migration happens. The organizational audit will help you save time in the ongoing communication process with the development firm, and keeping answers to obvious questions ready will also keep you in control. The technical audit will help in identifying certain areas like evaluating how the source site structures non-content data or even identifying the repository the source site uses. At Zyxware Technologies, we have the perfect know-how and experience to build a completely functional website. Our expert team will ensure the migration happens in a smooth and easy way. So, Call us today to know more about our Drupal development services and how your organization will profit by partnering with us. Drupal Development services Drupal Development Drupal Migration Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker * thomson (not verified) access_time 22 Feb 2019 - 14:42 NICE Add new comment
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on 27th January 2016 / by Bipasha Baijulal
Colleges and universities were the early adopters of web technology. The education sector, especially the higher education sector, designed customized websites to promote their educational activities, news and events online. As in the case of any business, the educational industry also faces stiff competition, and this is the reason why they need a flexible and robust website to enhance their reputation. And with more and more audience spending a significant time online, there is a significant need for a scalable and accessible platform for building a website. At the crux of transformation: Drupal in higher education Drupal is most relevant for higher education sector because it is, by default, a content management system. With Drupal, it is easy to maintain academic content such as articles, pages, books, research papers, statistics and so on. The “user roles and permissions” provide excellent security and the access to content can be managed from the admin console easily. With every new version, Drupal has become more versatile and powerful enough to spread its wings across new sectors like higher education. Today, Harvard University, Stanford University, Cambridge and almost 71 out of 100 top universities in the world run on Drupal. As you might already know, universities are a cobweb of diverse departments, students and faculties. This means content management has to be efficient and precise. A powerful and community driven CMS like Drupal can be of great benefit while building a university website. Why Drupal is best for institutions of higher learning? Flexible Content management: Campus or university website has to deal with huge amounts of content every day. With a CMS like Drupal 8, you can manage and update content from a central repository. This reduces the effort and time required for managing content. With Drupal anyone can design Pages, Blog entries, posts, and Polls easily. This means you don’t have to rely on IT professionals for managing your daily content. Also you don’t need separate asset management software if you have a Drupal website. Drupal 8 is equipped to produce, manage, distribute and share digital data. Workflow and access: Since university websites are operated by multiple persons, managing the workflow and access is very important. The new workflow management system in Drupal 8 provides a whole and reliable import and export of all configuration settings, and Git also offers amenities for managing parallel work in different departments. Managing multiple department sites and administrative sites: Higher educational sectors often need to have multiple niche sites and administrative sites for various departments. Drupal 8 allows you to manage all these multiple sites from a central core. The multi-site module lets you look over the different subsites of the university. Drupal provides the channel for the faculty and other university members to interact with the prospective students, enrolled students, the university members, and the public. Supporting E-learning and social media interaction: A lot of higher educational institutions promote E-learning and interact with students through the social media. So students can learn and make queries off-campus and this creates a more convenient environment for learning. As a content focussed platform, Drupal 8 makes it simpler to build and maintain social sites that promote online learning.Drupal 8 has a wide range of social networking and community-building modules, such as Facebook-style micropublisher, an activity stream, and a social-sharing toolbar. Any educational institution can leverage Drupal to offer its students online study materials including lesson plans, notes, and even links to reading materials. Financial advantages: Unlike other CMS, Drupal is a free and community backed platform. The features are regularly updated by developers for free. And in case of any technical snag or query, you can get in touch with the community developers. Drupal websites require very less maintenance and are ranked higher on search engines. So in the long run, a Drupal website is a sensible and modest investment. In-built marketing tools and mobile-first design: Drupal 8 offers finer search engine optimization features that ensure a wider reach. Since students use their smart devices for reading and browsing, Drupal 8 follows a mobile-first design. Drupal 8’s first priority is to make websites mobile-friendly. With Drupal 8, the university does not have to build a separate design for mobile users. Drupal 8 makes sure that your website fits well and is easy to navigate on different smart devices. As a Drupal development services company, we help you build an interactive, dynamic and secure website with Drupal 8, thus giving your institution the much-needed competitive edge. If you need a Drupal-powered website for promoting the activities of your university, then please get in touch with us to build a vibrant and interactive website. References: Why Drupal is Dominating the Higher Education Sector Resource Guide: Drupal for Educational Institutions Drupal Development services Drupal 8 Drupal Migration Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 22nd January 2016 / by Moses Raymond
With the proliferation of new technologies, the entire business model in the entertainment and media industry has undergone a dramatic change – this has facilitated the creation of new business needs, and customization has become the latest mantra that fosters communication, sharing, originality, and pro-activeness. The tremendous growth in digital communication has spurred an increase in the audience, while throwing up numerous bottlenecks that need to be effectively addressed. These challenges require a robust, dynamic and scalable technology that will support the media industry in powering its websites and applications. Drupal 8, the latest version of Drupal; the world's leading Open-source Content Management System (CMS), can provide a host of benefits to the entertainment and media industry. Benefits of migrating your media site to Drupal 8: Dynamic Content Management: The media industry needs content publishing to be done in a quick and efficient manner, and Drupal 8 helps in managing the content through its different phases such as acquisition, preparation, packaging, circulation, and archiving. The massive data volumes are one of the major challenges of a media website. Thanks to the flexibility of Drupal 8, management of data becomes pretty easier, systematic and efficient. Increases Revenue Generation: It is really expensive to build and maintain a media or an entertainment website but since Drupal 8 is a free and open-source CMS, the revenue generated by a media website built using Drupal is definitely higher. It actually facilitates the creation of business models that can easily monetize the content by making use of personalized interactions like promotions, subscriptions, and advertising. This maximizes revenue generation and ensures that the high investment return is sustainable throughout it's life cycle. Improves Social Media Interaction: In this age of Social media, consumers are highly impressed by any content that is shareable and promotes interaction. Drupal 8 enables the prospective customer to create content; this personalization inturn allows him to make a purchase decision. Increases the user’s attention span and significantly reduces clutter: With Drupal 8’s intelligent interface, it is easy to hold the consumer's attention span, thus keeping them from moving on to the next site. Drupal 8’s built-in customization module is perfect for media organizations, as it helps to clearly understand the choice of the user and declutters the visual junk that is being thrown at him/her, thus creating a unique and awesome customer experience. Portability: Today, the user has access to a variety of devices such as the mobile, tablet, desktops and laptops, and obviously a website that adapts to all these devices can be a versatile and useful medium to get across to the potential client. Drupal 8 has sensibly applied the creation of layouts that acclimatize to the various modern devices, and thus is perfectly suitable for the media industry. Language: Media industry reaches out to innumerable geographical locations and languages. In this context, a website that has the capability to mould itself to a specific language can be extremely effective, and Drupal 8 is surely the multilingual CMS that the media industry desperately needs. Regional content and translation to the local language is extremely easy and can be easily implemented using Drupal 8. Safety: The security of a website is of prime importance especially for media and entertainment portals, as there is a lot of client interaction and the data volume is also huge as compared to others. Drupal 8 has more built-in security features than its predecessors especially with the incorporation of TWIG templates, thus increasing the security level a notch up. Also, the removal of PHP input filter will work wonders in up scaling the security. If you are part of the media industry and need a robust and updated CMS for your business, do get in touch with the experts at Zyxware, where we have made Drupal a way of life. The long list of clients from the media and entertainment space is proof of our success and the trust that our clients share with us. Talk to us today and step in to the secure world of Drupal development. Reference: Benefits of Web Application Development Using Drupal Platform Seven ways Drupal can help media companies grow Drupal Development services Drupal 8 Drupal Migration Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 20th January 2016 / by webmaster
Moving to Drupal 8 deserves careful consideration in the technical front,especially when it comes to migrating from an almost stable platform like Drupal 7. Having said that, considering the advantages of Drupal 8, it will likely be the best solution for your business. The advantages Drupal 8 over Drupal 7 RESTful: With the integration of RESTful web services, any Drupal content can be made available via a REST API by enabling the web services modules included with Drupal core and configuring them. This can be achieved without adding any contributed modules or custom functionality. Mobile first: Drupal 8 is designed for mobile first and then modified for PC. The main reason behind this is that the decisions you make regarding the mobile design is what is really important, and what you need to focus on. The result is almost always a focused, cleaner, and more usable design which can be easily converted and made suitable for any device. Improved page caching: Drupal 8 now has page caching enabled by default for anonymous users. It uses a new cache system called cache tags that bring you the faster Drupal ever. This caching system is instantly updated when something is changed and avoids clearing the entire page cache at the same time. In Drupal 8, blocks & entities are now render cached automatically. Only the necessary assets are loaded and rather than relying on global statics that broke caching, we now rely on metadata for caching. For authenticated page loads, the page is assembled from render cached parts. Improved performance: If you care about performance and you have a large site with a massive amount of content, then D8 would be a better choice as it brings a lot of tools to help make your site faster. In Drupal 8, Javascript by default runs in the footer, which improves front-end performance. Some things will require a good developer support and need to be done right, and if you do, then D8 can perform pretty well in real sites. Well-defined Configurations: In Drupal 8, it has an "Export Configuration" function that exports either the whole site configuration or a single configuration file. Drupal 8 uses unified format and approach to configuration, where all configuration is in the form of text files in the YAML format. It removes the hassle of using modules like Features to deploy a configuration from one environment to another. Twig template engine: In Drupal 8, Twig replaces Drupal's default PHPTemplate engine. Twig is part of the Symfony2 framework and it comes from the wider PHP world. Twig is a fast and secure template engine, which provides a greater separation between logic and display, as PHP code can no longer be embedded directly in templates. It also provides a fairly easy platform entry for front-end developers new to Drupal. Secure: Security is always the first priority, and Drupal is the most trusted and highly secure CMS used in government websites. Drupal 8 is likely to follow the same path. Many Drupal 8 features, such as twig templating system and built-in WYSIWYG editor ensure security. Migrating to Drupal 8 would be a smart move, as it significantly improves your efficiency, reduces long-term costs, or gives you competitive advantage in achieving your business goals. The early adopters of D8 will get the maximum value from Drupal 8, as their upgraded site will live on Drupal for the longest period. Most likely, they wouldn’t have to consider a new Drupal upgrade until sometime in 2017. Drupal Development services Drupal 8 Drupal Migration Drupal 7 Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 19th January 2016 / by deepa.n
Moving to Drupal 8 deserves careful consideration in the technical front,especially when it comes to migrating from an almost stable platform like Drupal 7. Having said that, considering the advantages of Drupal 8, it will likely be the best solution for your business. Advantages of Drupal 8 over Drupal 7 RESTful: With the integration of RESTful web services, any Drupal content can be made available via a REST API by enabling the web services modules included with Drupal core and configuring them. This can be achieved without adding any contributed modules or custom functionality. Mobile first: Drupal 8 is designed for mobile first and then modified for PC. The main reason behind this is that the decisions you make regarding the mobile design is what is really important, and what you need to focus on. The result is almost always a focused, cleaner, and more usable design which can be easily converted and made suitable for any device. Improved page caching: Drupal 8 now has page caching enabled by default for anonymous users. It uses a new cache system called cache tags that bring you the faster Drupal ever. This caching system is instantly updated when something is changed and avoids clearing the entire page cache at the same time. In Drupal 8, blocks & entities are now render cached automatically. Only the necessary assets are loaded and rather than relying on global statics that broke caching, we now rely on metadata for caching. For authenticated page loads, the page is assembled from render cached parts. Improved performance: If you care about performance and you have a large site with a massive amount of content, then D8 would be a better choice as it brings a lot of tools to help make your site faster. In Drupal 8, Javascript by default runs in the footer, which improves front-end performance. Some things will require a good developer support and need to be done right, and if you do, then D8 can perform pretty well in real sites. Well-defined Configurations: In Drupal 8, it has an "Export Configuration" function that exports either the whole site configuration or a single configuration file. Drupal 8 uses unified format and approach to configuration, where all configuration is in the form of text files in the YAML format. It removes the hassle of using modules like Features to deploy a configuration from one environment to another. Twig template engine: In Drupal 8, Twig replaces Drupal's default PHPTemplate engine. Twig is part of the Symfony2 framework and it comes from the wider PHP world. Twig is a fast and secure template engine, which provides a greater separation between logic and display, as PHP code can no longer be embedded directly in templates. It also provides a fairly easy platform entry for front-end developers new to Drupal. Secure: Security is always the first priority, and Drupal is the most trusted and highly secure CMS used in government websites. Drupal 8 is likely to follow the same path. Many Drupal 8 features, such as twig templating system and built-in WYSIWYG editor ensure security. Migrating to Drupal 8 would be a smart move, as it significantly improves your efficiency, reduces long-term costs, or gives you competitive advantage in achieving your business goals. The early adopters of D8 will get the maximum value from Drupal 8, as their upgraded site will live on Drupal for the longest period. Most likely, they wouldn’t have to consider a new Drupal upgrade until sometime in 2017. With Zyxware at your behest, migration from Drupal 7 to 8 becomes a smooth and hassle-free process. Our skilled and experienced pool of Drupal developers and technical experts will help you in Drupal migrations as well as upgrades, and effectively handles data and content migrations of varying complexities. Call us today to know more about our Drupal development services. So, if you own a Drupal 6 website and want to upgrade or migrate to Drupal 8, we are here to help you! Drupal Development services Drupal 7 Drupal 8 Drupal Migration Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 15th January 2016 / by deepa.n
For a client who owns an active Drupal 6 website, Drupal 8 promises a whole lot of opportunities. Although we know that Drupal 6 can cater to everything that is needed to create a platform that fits our requirement, Drupal 8 offers the extra edge which allows us to build something faster and more stable. And this is the key for any modernized platform. In this respect, it is likely that Drupal 8 provides a much easier transition to a great working site. Advantages for Webmasters: Improved content editing/authoring experience: Content management becomes more efficient with the significantly improved content creation page and options in Drupal 8. In-line editing: This offers a fast and user-friendly experience for any webmaster, as you'll be able to see how the edited content would translate visually into the final site content. Built-in WYSIWYG editor: Drupal 8 provides new built-in WYSIWYG editor that will allow you to edit your content directly at the front-end. Responsive images: Drupal 8 provides improved ways for better handling of images for responsive websites. Fully responsive: Administer your site from your smartphone. Changes to the content can be made from your smartphone or tablet. Multilingual support: The multilingual features and enhancements in Drupal 8 will help you go global and manage your content in a more centralized way, with the effective tools and processes in place. Advantages for Customers: Mobile-First: Mobile website and app have become a way of life; your customers will be delighted with the experience that your site offers across all devices. Better front-end performance: Efficient way of caching of entities, smarter javascript loading techniques, and responsive images are going to serve the pages faster in Drupal 8 than ever before. Personalized experience: Since Drupal 8 is easily customizable and supports HTML5, customers will enjoy highly interactive and personalized user experience. Accessibility: Drupal 8 will be beneficial for visually impaired users. The internal method “Announce” will facilitate module developers to create direct output to screen readers. Advantages for Developers: More standardization: Since, Drupal 8 is more standardized, even developers who are not familiar with Drupal can easily understand it and the projects will be more readable and transferable, benefiting business continuity. Programming facilitated Integration: The RESTful API module in the core of Drupal 8 will enable you to move information and data in and out with seamless integration in mobile applications or social media. Object oriented programming: Since Drupal 8 supports object oriented programming, the code is more maintainable, has fewer bugs, and hence requires less rework. Testing: The use of Object Oriented programming will provide the capability of testing certain functionality automatically. Proper unit tests will become easier. Autoloading: With the PSR-4 autoloading, classes are organised in a standardised way in files and folders which makes it easier to interpret and share. Twig: Drupal 8 offers more flexibility in theme customization via Twig, a standard providing an easy to use format for non-technical users. At Zyxware, we have a talented pool of Drupal developers, designers, and technical experts who will help you make a hassle-free transition to Drupal 8. Call us today to know more about our Drupal development services. So, what are you waiting for? So, if you own a Drupal 6 website, it's time to upgrade to Drupal 8 to give your customers a superior experience! Drupal Development services Drupal 8 Drupal Migration Drupal 6 Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 13th January 2016 / by deepa.n
As we all know, the official support from Drupal.org for Drupal 6 is going to cease and the security updates will no longer be available. However, there is no reason to get upset; in fact, there is nothing in the code that will cause Drupal 6 site to stop functioning after February 24th, 2016. If you choose to keep running the code, it will run as long as your hosting company allows to do so. Then, why would anybody want their website to be migrated to Drupal 8 ? The answer is quite simple, nobody wants to stay behind. It's actually a step forward. Is it easy to migrate to Drupal 8? Your existing Drupal 6 site could be a complex one with a lot of customization in it, or the site may have already been very successful as a commerce entity with tens of thousands of records, or you may be running a great literary site in a regional language which you think is impossible to migrate. Well, nothing is impossible. Drupal 8 core comes with a migrate module with an import API which will take care of most of the upgrading stuff. However, you should always have an expert with you to troubleshoot, if your site is a more complex one. Advantages of migrating to Drupal 8 Improved content editing/authoring: Managing content becomes more flexible, efficient and enjoyable with Drupal 8. As a webmaster, you will find a fast and user-friendly experience with the ‘in-line’ editing feature in Drupal 8. It provides new built-in WYSIWYG editor that will allow you to edit your content directly at the front-end. Unlike Drupal 6, you need not go to the back-end of the website for each minor modification. Also, you'll be able to see how it will translate visually into the final site content. In addition, you also have a much improved content creation page and options for better handling of images for responsive websites. Since, Drupal 8 is fully responsive, all these changes can be made from your smartphone or tablet, too. Mobile-first & Responsive website: In addition to better site administration experience, you will have better front-end performance in Drupal 8 across all devices. Your customers will be delighted with the experience that your site offers. Efficient way of caching of entities, smarter javascript loading techniques, and responsive images are some of the features that will serve up pages faster in Drupal 8. Better for multilingual sites: The multilingual features and enhancements in Drupal 8 will help you go global, and that too, with absolute ease. Now on, you will not require too many contributed modules to make your multi-language site work. Adding translation will no longer be a mess as before. Manage your content in a more centralized way, with the effective tools and processes in place. Drupal 8 will help you to manage additions and changes accurately and efficiently as possible. Be it a simple Drupal 6 website or a website which has dozens of pages, Drupal 8 will probably be the best choice, as it has a lot of out-of-the-box features; so the best part is that you don't need extra modules. At Zyxware, we have a talented and experienced team of developers, designers, and technical experts who will help you make a smooth transition to Drupal 8. Call us today for more information on our Drupal development services. So, what are you waiting for? Upgrade to Drupal 8 to give your business a competitive edge! Drupal Development services Drupal Migration Drupal 8 Drupal 6 Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 08th January 2016 / by abhai.sasidharan
Migrating content to a Drupal site is usually a painless experience because Drupal is quite well structured. Even if we were to move the content from non-Drupal database to Drupal database without the help of any API or migrating services, all that is required is to understand the database structures of both sites and then write a series of SQL queries that copies the content from any non-Drupal database to Drupal database; which can be done by any above average Drupal developer. That being said, the migration process in Drupal 8 is even more simpler. Migrate API is present in the core, with which you can define custom migrations to migrate your tables to Drupal 8 content structure. Drupal 7 is the most widely used Drupal core as of December 27, 2015, with 929,751 reported usages. Despite it’s release a few months ago, already 33,950 sites have reported using Drupal 8. In Drupal 7, there are contributed modules available to migrate popular CMSs like Wordpress and Joomla to Drupal. With the advent of Drupal 8, the developer community is working on upgrading these modules to Drupal 8 as well as new migration paths of other CMSs. Even without these modules, it is relatively an easy task to migrate non-Drupal sites to Drupal with Migrate API. Before beginning to migrate, you must first ensure that you have a Drupal 8 theme. Once the theme is done, your new Drupal site is ready. Drupal theming is now a breeze with the new Twig template engine. Themers now need to know little to no “Drupal code” to create beautiful responsive themes in Drupal 8. At Zyxware, we have helped our clients to make a smooth and hassle-free transition to Drupal 8. We have a dedicated team of developers and technical experts who will ensure a seamless shift to Drupal 8, while giving a competitive edge to your business. Call us today for more information on our Drupal website development services. Drupal Development services Drupal 8 Drupal Migration Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *
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on 06th January 2016 / by abhai.sasidharan
The term ‘Migrate’ in the context of Drupal means re-creating the content and configuration of a source site (usually Drupal 6 or Drupal 7) in a new Drupal 8 installation. In earlier versions of Drupal, the common practice was to provide an upgrade path. i.e., update the code to the latest version and then upgrade the database structure according to the code. Once it is done, the content is updated separately.While some of the content has to be migrated manually depending on the complexity of the site, all default content types will be automatically migrated. Custom content types have to manually migrated.That being said, migrating manually isn’t a big pain when it comes to Drupal. The data is properly structured and all that needs to be done is to write a few sql queries to migrate the tables from the old structure to the new structure. In Drupal 8, a migration path has been provided. This is done by first creating a new Drupal 8 installation either on the same host or a different one, but with access to the database. Drupal 8 provides a Migrate API and a Migrate UI, where we will enter the link to the site to migrate and the destination site to which the migrated content will be pulled by the Migrate API. When it comes to custom content in Drupal 8, it is possible to write custom migrations provided by the migrate API. This is the equivalent of writing mysql queries in versions prior to this. You can see these custom and default migrations available in the migrate UI and decide which ones to run or not! While upgrading the Drupal versions 5 through 7, the most common practice has been to overwrite existing site with the newer version. This may often lead to complications if the content (nodes, entities, contexts etc) are quite complex or if some modules don’t have a higher version. However, it would be easier and less time consuming to have a new Drupal installation and move all the content from the old site to this new Drupal installation. This is what Drupal 8 has done and this explains why moving to Drupal 8 is the easiest and best choice! The new version of drush (Command line utility for Drupal) also provides several helpful Drush commands: migrate-import (mi): Performs one or more migration processes. migrate-manifest: Execute the migrations as specified in a manifest file. migrate-messages: View any messages associated with a migration. migrate-reset-status: Reset an active migration status to idle. migrate-rollback: Rollback one or more migrations. migrate-status (ms): List all migrations with current status. migrate-stop (mst): Stop an active migration The migration process in Drupal 8 is quite impressive; it has become more polished and smoother with the help of Migrate API. After a few test runs of the migration process, it is quite evident that it is quite stable and seamless and a lot less painless than the earlier ones. At Zyxware, we have enabled our clients to make a quick and hassle-free shift to Drupal 8. We have sufficient technical expertise to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted transition, without any visible impact on your business. Call us today to know more about our Drupal development services and understand the fastest way to make the change to Drupal 8 before your competitor does! Resources: Migrate API in Drupal 8 Drupal 8 Upgrade Path A Simple Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 Migration ARCHIVE Introduction to migrate D6 to D8 Drupal Development services Drupal 8 Drupal 6 Drupal 7 Drupal Migration Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marker *