Upgrading Drupal 6 to 7 - training at DrupalCon

Do you have a site which is 2 years old, and you’re not sure if your site is ready to upgrade? We can help. Our team will deliver a course on upgrading Drupal, the day before DrupalCon. In the day long course, you’ll get expert advice and feedback from Jacob Singh (Engineer), Joshua Brauer (Client Advisor), and Erik Webb (Technical Advisor) from Acquia on Upgrading Drupal. You can learn about what's new in Drupal 7 and how it will affect your site upgrade.

You can sign up for training when you buy your DrupalCon pass. If you've already purchased your conference pass, you can log into Regonline, and amend your registration to add a course.

You can register for our webinar about this course: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 1:00 PM EST

Upgrading Drupal

The standard 14 step instructions outlined in UPGRADE.txt for Drupal 6 are simple to follow. Many of the steps are common sense; update contributed modules; back up your site; test restoring from backup; verify and test your new upgrade...

Yet each Drupal site is unique with many contributed modules and modifications which make the process more complex. Our PS team reports that larger sites have on average 80-100 projects installed on their sites. Before a major upgrade, each one of those must be updated to the latest 6 compatible version. But are all of those projects on your site ready with a Drupal 7 upgrade path?

The lion’s share of the work in an upgrade doesn’t happen when you’re working through the step-by-step upgrade process, but when you’re planning your site upgrade. How will changes to Drupal 7 affect how your site works? How will you prepare for and begin the process? What is the status of each of the 80+ projects you employ on your site, and how can you keep track of them?

Planning the upgrade

The question “When we will be ready for an upgrade?” is probably the first one to ask, and will take research and planning to answer.

Our training at DrupalCon: Upgrading from Drupal 6 to 7 is designed to help you get your own upgrade workflow organized to make the process smoother so you’re better prepared. We will conduct a hands-on upgrade to walk through the process and essential steps. We can also help simplify the process of major site upgrades by presenting a toolkit to help you get organized.

Looking at case studies, we’ll work through site plans which are very similar to your own. In fact, with a pre-conference survey, we’ll be getting a better idea of how our participants sites present unique challenges to upgrading. What do you need to do before you can upgrade? Will it be better to rebuild and migrate?

Join us at Drupal Con for our course on Upgrading Drupal to find out more about Drupal 7, and what this means for your own projects.