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D7 Soft Landing Initiative: Sharpening migration tools, part 1

Drupal 7 EOL is Jan 5, 2025.   Clock is ticking.  When and how to begin migration planning?

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When to begin?

There is only one answer - NOW.


How to begin?

These days it is fancy to ask AI tools for advice on anything.   I asked "How to begin a website migration?" and got the following anwers:

  1. "Plan your work and work your plan."
  2. "Measure twice, cut once."
  3. "A stitch in time saves nine."

We begin Drupal 7 website migrations with measuring twice, threefold, fourfold - until we know that we have a good plan to begin the work.  For tasks that we do again and again we develop tools that  automate tedius tasks, but leave decision-making to the experts.    Working together with Drupal Community in Pittsburg DrupalCon sprint and with experts from ThinkDrop agency we brought Site audit module back to Drupal 7 users.  

Site Audit includes a number of comprehensive reports, each consisting of one or more checks. Site Audit reports include:

  • Best Practices - structural recommendations
  • Block - caching
  • Cache - optimal Drupal caching settings
  • Codebase - size of the site; size and count of managed files
  • Content - checks for unused content types, vocabularies
  • Cron - Drupal's built-in cron
  • Database - collation, engine, row counts, and size
  • Extensions - count, development modules, duplicates, missing
  • Insights - Analyze site with Google PageSpeed Insights
  • Security - check for common security exploits, such as malicious menu router items
  • Status - check for failures in Drupal's built-in status report
  • Users - blocked user #1, number of normal and blocked users, list of roles
  • Views - caching settings
  • Watchdog - 404 error count, age, number of entries, enabled, PHP errors