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Updating Your Website to Drupal 7

After three years of development Drupal 7 is finally here providing a powerful open source solution that is more flexible and more scalable than ever. Vast improvements in usability and functionality allow site developers to roll out their sites in less time. Now is the time to upgrade your website to Drupal 7.

Join Erik Webb and Jacob Singh for this one-hour webinar where they will show you just how new and improved Drupal 7 is. Attendees will learn:

-How to take advantage of all the new features
-Considerations when upgrading your site to Drupal 7
-Next steps for getting your upgrade started

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Updating Your Website to Drupal 7

  1. 1. Upgrading Your Website to Drupal 7 Jacob Singh Erik Webb Matt Ackley Principal Engineer Technical Consultant Marketing Acquia Acquia Acquia @jacobsingh @erikwebb @mbackleyThursday, February 3, 2011
  2. 2. Upcoming Webinars Thursday February 10th 1pm Eastern Time, 12 pm UTC –OpenPublish Webinar: Work ow for Editors Register Today -, February 3, 2011
  3. 3. Upcoming Training Events - February & March 2011 March 1-3, Geneva, Switzerland February 7 - 9, Manchester, UK – Drupal in a Day – Drupal in a Day – Site Building with Drupal – Site Building with Drupal March 7-9, Edinburgh, Scotland February 23-25, Leuven, Belgium – Drupal in a Day – Drupal Module Development – Site Building with Drupal Throughout February - March in Victoria, March 21-24, Washington DC Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal – Drupal in a Day Canada – Site Building with Drupal – Drupal in a Day March 29-31, Paris, France – Site Building with Drupal – Drupal in a Day – Theming and Module Development – Site Building with Drupal Register for Drupal Training in your areaThursday, February 3, 2011
  4. 4. Introduction Jacob Singh –Principal Engineer, Acquia Erik Webb –Technical Consultant, AcquiaThursday, February 3, 2011
  5. 5. Introduction What are the new features worth upgrading for? What is the status of D7 in the wild? What you need to know to decide if you should upgradeThursday, February 3, 2011
  6. 6. What’s new?Thursday, February 3, 2011
  7. 7. Built in content elds system Site owners Easier to create exible content More exible for integrations Developers Standardized method to enhance content types Applicable to all entities, not just nodes.Thursday, February 3, 2011
  8. 8. Vastly improved user experience Site owners More consistent interfaces Lower barrier to Drupal 7 adoption Developers Updated jQuery and jQuery UI Drupal 6 re-usable widgets Less time training users documentingThursday, February 3, 2011
  9. 9. More database support Developers Open database API ORM layer Site owners Support for enterprise- standard DB’s (e.g. Oracle, MS SQL)Thursday, February 3, 2011
  10. 10. More scalable than ever Site owners Support for enterprise- sized infrastructures from normal Drupal SOFTWARE package Developers Support for Varnish, CDNs, etc Pluggable storage to allow noSQL object cachesThursday, February 3, 2011
  11. 11. Automated code testing Site owners Continuous bug testing to eliminate regressions, rock-solid bug-free* software Developers Built-in feature testing framework More stable coreThursday, February 3, 2011
  12. 12. More powerful installation pro les Site owners Greater ability to implement foundations that can be re-used for many different clients Developers Easier-to-build distributions for rapid developmentThursday, February 3, 2011
  13. 13. More on what’s new modules-and-what-they-mean-you Slides with links will be published at: AcquiaInc drupal-modules-moved-into-drupal-7Thursday, February 3, 2011
  14. 14. Drupal 7 is readyThursday, February 3, 2011
  15. 15. Drupal 7 is readyThursday, February 3, 2011
  16. 16. Sites running Drupal 7 today –Running 35k+ Drupal 7 sites and more every day –Very large news site –Portal for public media in Chicago Thousands more at –, February 3, 2011
  17. 17. 15+ books on Drupal 7Thursday, February 3, 2011
  18. 18. Reasons to upgrade now Great new features New development happening on 7 –Module developers will be adding new features to D7 so your site is getting more out of date as time goes on. Ride the wave –There is a lot of focus on upgrades now. If you’re building new functionality in 6, you will have to rebuild / upgrade it later.Thursday, February 3, 2011
  19. 19. Upgrading your site (the condensed version)Thursday, February 3, 2011
  20. 20. Assessment What modules am I using in D6? Which modules have been moved to core? What modules have D7 upgrades? What about my custom code?Thursday, February 3, 2011
  21. 21. Update statusThursday, February 3, 2011
  22. 22. Good start, but not enough.Thursday, February 3, 2011
  23. 23. Building an upgrade path Custom upgrade paths for modules Effort to re-write custom code or port –Coder module Some modules don’t need an upgrade path Coder moduleThursday, February 3, 2011
  24. 24. Next steps You want to upgrade to D7 Estimate the work required to upgrade Develop an upgrade plan Identify the resources you’ll need to complete itThursday, February 3, 2011
  25. 25. Training @ DrupalCon - March 7th Upgrading from Drupal 6 to 7 Conduct upgrades of sites, identify pitfalls and gotchas Instructor Team: – Erik Webb - Professional Services, The Inspector – Jacob Singh - Engineer in Drupal Gardens, Mr. Media – Joshua Brauer - Client Advisor, Dr. Deployment Price: $450, February 3, 2011
  26. 26. Training @ DrupalCon - March 7th Upgrading from Drupal 6 to 7 How to plan for your upgrade What are the tools to help you succeed The current state of major modules and the tricks to upgrade them cleanly The upgrade procedure - how to minimize downtime and risk Rebuilding vs upgrading Buy the training pass when you buy your DrupalCon ticket. Already registered? You can add training to your ticket purchase.Thursday, February 3, 2011