Drupal Enterprise 7 to 8 Transition
Upgrade your websites to Drupal enterprise 8
Drupal 7 will reach end-of-life in November 2021. UMN websites hosted in Drupal 7 will no longer be supported and must be moved to Drupal 8 by July 2021.
Note: The information on this page does not apply to Drupal Lite. For information about Drupal Lite sites and the transition from Drupal Lite 7 to Drupal Lite 8, visit the Drupal Lite technology page.
Drupal 8 Highlights
- The content authoring experience: making life easier for everyday users
- Media management capabilities: supporting more content types and with oEmbed available out of the box
- Accessibility improvements: increased emphasis in accessibility in Drupal 8 driven by the Drupal community
- The mobile experience: enabling you to responsive-ize everything
- Folwell Web Theme integration: fully designed and branded system that is usable out of the box
- Theme development: easier experience for those customizing your own theme
How to prepare for the transition
Starting July 1, the University will no longer support development of Drupal 7 sites on DEV and STG environments that do not have corresponding production sites.
If you are unsure which site(s) you own/administer, contact Technology Help for assistance.
Option 1: Move your site(s) in-house
If your team has a web developer (or someone in a similar role) who can move your site, refer to the "Move your website to Drupal 8" section below.
Option 2: Use a contractor to move your site
If you are unable to complete the transition in-house, the University of Minnesota has created a list of pre-approved contractors who can transition your Drupal sites for you.
To access the list, visit the U-Wide Agreement Website.
- Select "Category" to sort alphabetically
- Scroll down to the "Drupal Consultant" category
- View agreements
Note: You do not have to use a contractor.
Plan for 6 months to a year for this work to be completed for each of your websites.
Move your website to Drupal 8
Refer to the Drupal 8 User Guide when building your new website.
Important: Avoid using deprecated code and modules when you are rebuilding your Drupal 8 site. The first release of Drupal 9 will remove deprecated code and update dependencies to newer versions. OIT will automatically move sites to Drupal 9 starting in Fall 2020 and will reach out to you if your site has deprecated code to make necessary adjustments before moving it to Drupal 9.
Use the Folwell Web Theme
Since the transition from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 requires full re-implementation of your site, the University strongly recommends using the Folwell Web Theme, a resource library with design and code already in place. This will save you time because Folwell is packaged with your Drupal enterprise 8 site. You can use it as designed or add your own customizations to work with your unit's identity.
If you have questions about the Folwell Web Theme, visit the Folwell support site.