A Simple Way to Communicate Better with Your Customers

August 1, 2018
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Whenever you get into a situation where you are not sure which version of Drupal to use, or you expect to get challenged by a client, my recommendation is to use the approach of putting together the pros and cons, and see what insights emerge.

This actually is a good follow-up to our discussion around Drupal 7 vs Drupal 8. So let's build a table for that case as an example.

This should be easily adaptable whenever Drupal 9 starts to be a thing. It also works for other technology discussions.

Note that this table doesn’t intend to be a fully comprehensive list -- just a starting point to launch a conversation. It may even need some updating as new Drupal 8 minor releases bring more and more functionality.




Criteria

D7

D8

Reusability (from D7 platform)

Very limited to none

Higher reusability between Drupal 8 and next versions (Drupal 9, etc…)

Upgrade effort to next version

High

Low

Innovation

Low

High

Security

High until EOL (medium term)

High (Long term)

EOL

Short (3 to 5 years, maybe less)

High (>5 years)

Usability

Medium

High (Innovations coming fast) **

Training (developers)

Low

Medium (PHP and OO developer should find it easier now thanks to less Drupalisms and more OO concepts)

Training (site builders)

 

Low if already familiar with Drupal 7

Medium to Low (as usability is improving and Drupal 8 backend does not change massively)

     

Cost of ownership

low

Low (minor upgrades a bit higher)

Cost of migration

high

Low (thanks to minor upgrades new philosophy, although it still needs to reach maturity)

Support of 3rd party devices (screens, iot, etc)

Low (via modules and some work)

In core

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