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Drupal Migration

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

Simplify: Migrate or Upgrade Your System

Your current Drupal system is out of date, and you’re looking to upgrade to the new and improved version.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You’ve got loads of data, but you’re using an old and outdated data management system, and you’ve decided it’s time to put that data into something a little more manageable.

Are you thinking about migrating to Drupal or upgrading to a different version of Drupal?

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WordPress To Drupal Migration

WordPress and Drupal are both great open-source CMS systems, with strong communities. We love working with both. Sometimes, however, clients will need to do a WordPress to Drupal migration.

As your organization grows, your website will need to grow with it. WordPress can do a lot, but it cannot do everything Drupal can. Here’s an example our CEO uses to explain the difference and illustrate why you would want to complete a WordPress to Drupal migration:

WordPress will take your website from a car, to a flying hydro car, it won’t be able to take you beyond that, say when you would like a flying hydro car with a house on the trunk and an apple tree out front. Drupal can do that. In fact, we have yet to find a limitation of where Drupal can go.

The best part, when you migrate from WordPress to Drupal, you get keep your content and your SEO value, you’ve just switched to a platform with, to our current knowledge, limitless options.

If you're planning on scaling your organization, or are just looking for a bit more flexibility, consider switching from WordPress to Drupal.

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Drupal 6 To Drupal 7 Migration

Think of the Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 migration as an upgrade from Windows 96 to Windows 97 or an iPhone 5 to an iPhone 5s. In most cases, this transition is just an upgrade, you can keep the custom settings from Drupal 6 and simply transfer all of your content.

In other cases, it might be a bit more complex and the developer monkeys will need to make some adjustments to the original building blocks before they can transfer the material over.

Why migrate from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7?

Drupal 7 gives you access to more tools (i.e program unified nodes and multiple hooks). These funny sounding tools make it easier for both your target audience and you (or the person in your organization who makes changes to the website) to use the website.

Drupal 7 allows you to display your content in different ways. For example, you can see what your content will look like across the full screen (a full body display), in one of those rotating image thing-a-ma-jiggers (sliders), or in small snippets with typing below them (RSS feeds).

Drupal 7 makes more and better tools (modules) available to Drupal developers, which means their work is easier and done faster. This means they have more time to work on your other wishes, which means you get more things done.

Drupal 6 is no longer supported by the community so there is no one working on creating updates and fixing glitches. If your Drupal 6 website isn’t performing as well as you’d like it do, this is probably why.

We know that upgrading systems can be a daunting task. That said, it's worth it when you consider how much time you'll save when you start working with the newer improved version.

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Drupal 7 To Drupal 8 Migration

Completing a Drupal migration from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 can be a little trickier. It’s like going from a gas car to an electric car, except that Drupal 8 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.

Why migrate from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8?

Drupal 8 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.

You can modify one thing at a time. In previous versions of Drupal, like with other CMS systems, you often had to make a number of changes before you could do particular tasks. Now you can usually change just one thing. Why? Because Drupalites learn from their mistakes. Drupal 8 was built from the ground up to be the best of breed and to include all the lessons learned over the past decade to make managing your site a less stress-inducing experience. We’re down with that.

You can access the CMS system from your mobile. This means that when the non developer who works at your organization would like to make a change to the content on your website, they can, from anywhere that has internet access. We like this function because when our non tech team member (the content marketer) wants to make a change, and swing from tree tops at the same time, she can do both. We're not sure what that means for her health. She's kind of uncoordinated.

When it comes to structure, Drupal 8 is way easier to manage. The developers said something about inheritance, design patterns, and polymorphism, object oriented programming (OOP) or something. According to the developer monkeys, 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.

Let us help you get your sanity back.

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How do we do Drupal migrations?

We can migrate your content and information to Drupal from just about any system, as long as that system has an application program interface (API). A what!? Developer speak for “a set of routines, protocols, and tools for building software applications”. Thanks Webopedia.

Dennis, one of the business analysts explains it much better: an API is like an open door that developers can go through to grab information.

In other words, if you’re using a software application, we can move all your stuff to Drupal 7 or 8.

How exactly we do a Drupal migration will depend on the system you use currently, and which version you would like to migrate to.

In all cases, however, Drupal migrations are broken down into three steps:

1. Get organized and take inventory

2. Figure out your move strategy

3. Pick the right transportation

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Ready, Set, Go!

Overall, they've done an outstanding job in being involved and immersed in the project - communicating …, understanding what the requirements are, and understand[ing] what we're trying to achieve. They always made suggestions and implementations that satisfied the original scope.

Senior Project Manager at Drupal Development Company


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