The Great Migration 

How Publishing Companies 

Are Preparing for Drupal 8
Overview
• Not a technical talk
• Some benefits of D8
• It’s all about the timing
• Take stock and have a plan
• Move or r...
Program Director, Phase2
Email: fhaynes@phase2technology.com
Felicia Haynes
Twitter: @fhaynes
We work with 

media companies
Benefits of Drupal 8

(And there are quite a few)
Benefits
• Views in core
• Inline editing/WYSIWG built in
• Better admin experience
• Finding talent
• Better quality modu...
Photo Credit: Photography/URL
It’s like moving 

in to a new home!
Photo Credit: Photography/URL
Taking inventory
!
It’s a lot easier to move when you know what you
need to pack.
It’s all a...
Drupal 6
• Drupal 6 will no longer be supported after Drupal 8
is released
• Let the dust settle before jumping in (4-6 mo...
Drupal 7
• Take the time to plan out the move based on a
number of factors:
• Migration of the modules you need
• Desire t...
Plan like you're moving 

to Europe


You’re going to need to think this out
• Plan it out well in advance
• Have a schedule to for 

pre-migration planning
• Take inventory
• Decide what you really,...
• Review analytics & start internal
planning
• Audit content and functionality
• Start weighing all new requests

• Monito...
Photo Credit: Photography/URL
Taking inventory
!
It’s a lot easier to move when you 

know what you need to pack.
• Analytics
• Taxonomy
• Content
• Content types
• Modules
• Custom functionality
• 3rd party items &
feeds
Photo Credit: Photography/URL
Time to clean house
!
Take advantage of the migration 

to focus on what really works and is...
• Just say no
• Does it provide value?
• Weigh the cost against
the benefit

• Be ruthless 

Photo Credit: Photography/URL
Taking inventory
!
It’s a lot easier to move when you know what you
need to pack.
Paint befo...
Thank you!
Felicia Haynes
@fhaynes
PHASE2TECHNOLOGY.COM
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The Great Migration- How Top Publishing Companies Are Preparing for Drupal 8

  1. 1. The Great Migration 
 How Publishing Companies 
 Are Preparing for Drupal 8
  2. 2. Overview • Not a technical talk • Some benefits of D8 • It’s all about the timing • Take stock and have a plan • Move or redesign?
  3. 3. Program Director, Phase2 Email: fhaynes@phase2technology.com Felicia Haynes Twitter: @fhaynes
  4. 4. We work with 
 media companies
  5. 5. Benefits of Drupal 8
 (And there are quite a few)
  6. 6. Benefits • Views in core • Inline editing/WYSIWG built in • Better admin experience • Finding talent • Better quality modules • Separating PHP from templates • It’s not just about web sites
  7. 7. Photo Credit: Photography/URL It’s like moving 
 in to a new home!
  8. 8. Photo Credit: Photography/URL Taking inventory ! It’s a lot easier to move when you know what you need to pack. It’s all about timing! Planning when you are going to migrate
  9. 9. Drupal 6 • Drupal 6 will no longer be supported after Drupal 8 is released • Let the dust settle before jumping in (4-6 months), but don’t wait too long
  10. 10. Drupal 7 • Take the time to plan out the move based on a number of factors: • Migration of the modules you need • Desire to update the site • Resources/budget needed
  11. 11. Plan like you're moving 
 to Europe 
 You’re going to need to think this out
  12. 12. • Plan it out well in advance • Have a schedule to for 
 pre-migration planning • Take inventory • Decide what you really, 
 really need
 •Be ruthless
  13. 13. • Review analytics & start internal planning • Audit content and functionality • Start weighing all new requests
 • Monitor module migrations • Finalize the migration plans • Redesign*
 • Develop new shiny D8 site with new theme Now D8 released Prep Migration
  14. 14. Photo Credit: Photography/URL Taking inventory ! It’s a lot easier to move when you 
 know what you need to pack.
  15. 15. • Analytics • Taxonomy • Content • Content types • Modules • Custom functionality • 3rd party items & feeds
  16. 16. Photo Credit: Photography/URL Time to clean house ! Take advantage of the migration 
 to focus on what really works and is important
  17. 17. • Just say no • Does it provide value? • Weigh the cost against the benefit
 • Be ruthless 

  18. 18. Photo Credit: Photography/URL Taking inventory ! It’s a lot easier to move when you know what you need to pack. Paint before you move in ! If you want to redesign, now is the time.
  19. 19. Thank you! Felicia Haynes @fhaynes
  20. 20. PHASE2TECHNOLOGY.COM
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