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June 16, 2020

Is it easy to migrate to Drupal 9?

Is this the end of the shock rebuild? Kanopi’s take on the Drupal 9 promise.

Drupal 9 has arrived! 

Powering one in every 30 websites across the globe, Drupal launched its latest, most innovative version earlier this month. Drupal 9 is flexible, inclusive, easy to use and faster than ever before. 

Here at Kanopi, we’re thrilled by how many people have already contacted us about upgrading to D9. The good news is, unlike previous migrations from D5, to D6 and D7, moving to D9 couldn’t be easier. If you are considering a move to Drupal 9, we’ve summed up just how easy it is to do, and the benefits of moving to D9 now. 

‘The easiest upgrade in a decade’

Drupal has claimed the move to D9 is their easiest major upgrade in more than 10 years. Now that we’ve had the chance to perform core upgrades for a number of client sites, we can say with confidence the move from D8 to D9 really is as easy as they say it is. Lead Developer of Drupal, Dries Buytaert explains the ease of the move to D9,

 ‘The big deal about Drupal 9 is that…it should not be a big deal.’ 

Dries Buytaert

If you’re operating on Drupal 8 and are ready to move to Drupal 9, look forward to:

  • The end of the shock rebuild: the need to start building your site from scratch is a thing of the past (Yes, really!) 
  • Cutting edge technology: the platform will be supported with security fixes from November 2021 and will have the ability to add new features twice a year.
  • Tools that are easy to use: Drupal’s technical architecture made even easier to use with a new layout builder, content workflow tools, and a WYSIWYG media management system.

The move to D9 is so painless, our own Director of Marketing & Communications, Allison Manley had to cry out a Hallelujah! 

Drupal 9’s forward-looking technology means Kanopi developers are better equipped to build the most intuitive online experiences and sustainable web platforms. Using the very best frameworks available, including emerging channels such as VR applications and digital assistants, we can help you meet your user’s needs now and in the future.

One thing to note: Drupal 9 core is easy to upgrade, but the contributed modules and custom modules may take a bit of time, depending on the state of the community contribution or your code. That is why we recommend working with us to create a Drupal Transition Plan so we can skillfully make the move when the time is right.  

Ready to migrate your site to Drupal 9?

We’re not going to deny the uncertain times we currently face and we know a lot of people are operating on lean budgets to try and weather the storm. It might not be the right time for you to migrate your site, and that’s ok. Take a look at our Drupal 9 Planning Guide. We outline options whether you’re operating with D8, D7, or even D6. Kanopi can help you decide how best to extend the life of your website, with whatever version of Drupal you’re using.

But if you’re excited by the idea of upgrading to Drupal 9, or have questions about how D9 will affect your site, Kanopi is here to help. 

Contact us for Your Drupal 9 transition plan