Drupal Association blog: DrupalCon Portland 2022 Program Pathways: Drupal Migrations

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As you’ve probably heard in recent days, the end of life for Drupal 7 is extended to November 2023. This news is great for Drupal 7 site owners who need some extra time to move to the latest version of Drupal!

While you might have heard about the challenges of migrating from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9, it’s also an excellent opportunity to make improvements and take advantage of Drupal’s latest features. So while this change takes the pressure off, there’s never been a better time to do your migration. And the great news is that you’ll benefit from easy upgrades in the future. Drupal is committed to making upgrades to major new Drupal versions a much simpler process.

Migrating to the latest version of Drupal is also an opportunity to re-architect your website to make it easier to manage content. And you can even clean up content in the migration process, making it more compliant and better structured.

There’s no better place to learn about migrations than DrupalCon! Here are some of the learning opportunities you won’t want to miss:

First off, there will be a hands-on Drupal Migrations training, led by my colleague at Evolving Web Dharizza Espinach. The training will take place on Monday and Tuesday and will guide you through the process of migrating from Drupal 7 to 9, step-by-step. You can register for Migration training when you buy your ticket to DrupalCon.

Migration Assistant is a brand new space at DrupalCon solely dedicated to helping you with your migration needs. With more than one version of Drupal reaching its end-of-life, the Migration Assistant space is here to help you make the transition. There will be a strong group of Migration Mentors to help you troubleshoot, create action plans, and answer your specific migration questions. The Migration Assistant space is available on WednesdayThursday 27-28 April @ 2:30p-5:30p PST in Room B114-B115, and it is open to anyone in attendance! Add it to your schedule! 

Every Industry Summit will have a presentation on industry-specific migration practices. If you are a higher education, healthcare, government, or non-profit professional working on migration for your organization, this is the place to be! 

Birds of a Feather sessions are informal, knowledge-sharing sessions. You can propose a migration-related topic and meet with others who share your interest. Submit a Birds of a Feather session here.

Between all the organized sessions, the hallway at DrupalCon is guaranteed to be full of migration stories and lessons learned. In addition, you can be sure that many attendees you meet will be able to share their migration insights with you, so don’t be shy!

Suzanne Dergacheva (pixelite)