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When to consider the move to Drupal 8

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Question: “When should I move to Drupal 8?”

Answer: “It all depends.”

You thought you were going to get an easy answer? I wish! Even with my own sites I’ve had to evaluate and spend time determining the best plans for migration. But when it’s time to figure out what to do with your site, here are my suggestions.

If you are building a website for a new project or idea, I would create it using Drupal 8. In my opinion, Drupal 8 has progressed enough that building a site with Drupal 7 will cost you more money, because you will need to rebuild it on Drupal 8 within the next year.

But if your site is currently on Drupal 7, then deciding when to move it to Drupal 8 is still something to consider. Here are some things to think about.

Drupal 8 enhanced features
Drupal 8 has added a lot of great features into their “out-of-the-box” experience, such as a built in WYSIWYG editor, which makes it easier to manage and edit content. There is also better language support for your multilingual site experiences, extensive support for accessibility (which you can learn more about in my latest blog), responsive design, and much more. These awesome features make a convincing case to build your site on Drupal 8.

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Katelyn Fogarty

Former Director, Digital Marketing, Acquia Inc.

At Acquia my main responsibility is managing and maintaining Acquia.com. I've been managing Drupal websites for about seven years now, but started off as a web and graphics designer.

I transitioned into a front-end web developer in a marketing organization, started building and managing Drupal sites then moved into marketing management.

I came from a mix of consumer and business marketing prior to Acquia and with my strong skills in design and development I have been able to move quickly with Drupal and love it!