Drupal Migration Tips for Content Heavy Sites

At Rouge we just love Drupal (although we still of course use WordPress) as we know and understand that for certain sites it the better of the two. There are many reasons for this, lots of them very technical, but don’t worry as we will go through this with you and together we can decide what is best for your site.

However, it could be that you already have a very big, content rich (heavy) site that you need to move onto Drupal, this being a platform that can handle the load in a better way. That of course means ‘migrating’ the site and its data from the original format to Drupal and that in itself is something that needs to be carried out carefully.

As you can imagine, we have been through all this several times, but nevertheless, we found this article on the web very interesting and agree with many parts of it.

4 tips for how to migrate to Drupal

If you have a content-heavy website, then you most definitely have heard of Drupal, an open source content management system (CMS). Maybe you’ve heard also that Drupal is free, secure, and has a wonderful developer network, which means lots of talent to choose from. So, what are you waiting for?

Well, to jump from your current CMS (or lack thereof) and make the transition to Drupal, you want to know much it costs and exacting what that migration entails. First, there are several factors that have to be taken into an account before any Drupal development company can give you a quote. But, while there isn’t an exact price range for migrating to Drupal, you can do some in-house work to keep your migration costs down and prepare your team for the migration, keeping headaches down too.
Here are 4 tips for how to migrate to Drupal on a budget:

1. Have a migratory plan

Cost is the first thing that hits any organization’s migration agenda. Migrating to any CMS will have its own complexities, but the cost of migration largely depends upon the process that’s being undertaken. That’s why you need a plan. Here are some questions to ask to start creating that plan:

What is the timeline for migration?
Who will be the individual from your company leading the migration?
Will the migratory investments be justified?
How soon do you need to see ROI on the migration?
What does the minimal viable product look like?
How necessary is it that all data, metadata, tags, and users are migrated?
What are migration hiccups that cannot happen?

Answer the above questions before you move forward. When you start working with a Drupal development firm, give them the answers to these questions. They’ll thank you and you’ll save a lot of project management/developer time, which equals money.

2. Audit your site from an organizational perspective

Knowing how your organization works and then communicating that to the development company will save a lot of back and forth questions. Here are items that you need to have ready before you talk to a company about a Drupal migration:

Identify what assets constitute the source site.
Identify which parts are to be migrated from source site.
During the migration, do you require enhancements on the site’s design/functionality, or will you retain the current design?
Does the target site require integrating with legacy systems that are difficult to work with (such as the third-party sources and customer databases)?
How will this migration streamline your organization’s workflow?

3. Audit your site from a technical perspective
(see the full article for info)

4. Migrating Drupal versions still takes time
(see the full article for info)

If you’re already on Drupal, great! You will probably still need to work with a migration company, but being on Drupal will save you time and money. However, here are a few things to consider to keep your budget intact:

And there you have it. You can work with any Drupal migration company on these questions to help your team transition to an open source CMS, within scope and without a headache.

For the full article on Migrating to Drupal click the link.