Many Georgia Tech websites have been built using Drupal Express (DX), which is a custom version of Drupal 7 that allows you to create a website with little technical or design expertise. The ready-made site comes with built in features and tools like news and events listings, and mobile optimization.
For several years, the Office of Information Technology has offered Drupal Express as an option when requesting a new web hosting account. Selecting this option causes Drupal Express to be pre-installed in the account so that the unit can start using the site almost immediately without having to do any technical work on the back end of the site.
Unfortunately, the people who helped to create Drupal Express no longer work in Georgia Tech's Institute Communications Office, so there has been no planning at this time for any kind of automated upgrade or migration path for Drupal Express sites. Even if anyone were to work on such a path, the high level of customization in Drupal Express's page layouts and other tools coupled with the major changes in Drupal 8's underlying architecture would make an automated upgrade of a Drupal Express site very difficult if not impossible.
With this in mind, owners of Drupal Express sites should review the guidelines and tips below for planning a manual site migration from Drupal Express to Drupal 8:
Drupal Express sites may still benefit from using the Drupal Migrate tool to at least bring over their Basic Page content. Bear in mind that some amount of clean-up will be necessary after using Migrate, but the clean-up may be easier than cutting and pasting a lot of Basic pages into your new site.
Kevin Pittman has posted a detailed Drupal 8 Migration guide that describes how to use the Migrate tool.
Vertical, Horizontal, and Multipurpose page types are not expected to be ported to Drupal 8 and will not be copied over by the Drupal Migrate tool. Such pages will have to be completely rebuilt in Drupal 8. Alternative page layout systems you should consider include:
Layout Builder - Available in Drupal 8.7, but still has bugs and limitations; expected to be more usable in Drupal 8.8 or 8.9. Layout Builder will be the foundation of page layout for the official Georgia Tech Drupal 8 web theme system being released in early 2020 by Institute Communications, so expect to use it with any site that needs the official theme.
Paragraphs - A solid product for smaller sites that do not need the official Georgia Tech theme.
Other components included in Drupal Express may not be available for Drupal 8 or may have been superseded by new components. A breakdown of known Drupal Express components and their status is posted below.
In case you are enlisting the help of someone with technical developer skills who would like to know more about the make-up of Drupal Express and what to expect when migrating a Drupal Express site to Drupal 8, below is the full list of components included in Drupal Express (excluding minor ones no longer needed in Drupal 8) and their known Drupal 8 status.
Please note that just because a module has a production version, this does not mean that it works the same as it did in Drupal 7 or that it supports all of the features in the Drupal 7 version. Please read the documentation for each module to see what has changed.
|Georgia Tech Web Theme||In Testing||
A community built version of the GT 3 beta theme implementation is available.
An official Institute Communications "release candidate" theme was released in early October 2018 for more seasoned developers to begin testing.
|GT Superblocks||No||No port planned or expected of this custom module|
|GT Editor||No||No port planned or expected of this custom module, but the built-in CKEditor provides much of the same functionality and can be customized as needed|
|GT Login||No||No port planned or expected of this custom module, but the CAS module can be installed to provide GT Account Username based authentication. CAS configuration instructions are available.|
|GT Tools||In Testing||The official Drupal 8 Georgia Tech theme has it's own required "GT Tools" module that provides support for some of the theme's features.|
|HG Reader||Planned||A "release candidate" port of the official Hg Mercury was released in early fall 2018.|
|JWFilter||Superseded||JWFilter was for the old OIT DMI media repository that is no longer available. Please use the Ivan Allen College's Support for oEmbed module for embedding videos from the new Georgia Tech MediaSpace repository|
|Admin Menu||Superseded||Use Admin Toolbar|
|Admin Views||In Drupal 8 Core|
|Block Reference||Superseded||Use the built in Entity Reference field|
|CKEditor||In Drupal 8 Core|
|CTools||Production||Not required by any previous Drupal Express modules in Drupal 8|
|Custom Search||Beta||From the Custom Search project page: "The 8.x-1.0-beta branch is usable, and instead of overriding the default search block like it did with D6/7, it provides its own block(s)". Not recommended for use (not being updated by maintainer)|
|Date||In Drupal 8 Core|
|Diff||Production||See the Diff project page ; Works, but may not be as full-featured as Drupal 7 version|
|Field Group||Production||See the Field Group project page ; (Only minimally maintained)|
|Google Analytics||Production||See the Google Analytics project page|
|IMCE||Production||See the IMCE project page|
|IMCE MkDir||Superseded||Now part of the main IMCE module in Drupal 8|
|Libraries||Development||Not required by any previous Drupal Express modules in Drupal 8|
|Link||In Drupal 8 Core|
|LinkIt||Production||See the LinkIt project page|
|Menu Block||Production||See the Menu Block project page|
|Module Filter||Production||See the Module Filter project page|
|Nodeblock||Superseded||Create a custom block type in Drupal 8 and add an Entity Reference field configured to reference node content|
|Override Node Options||Production||See the Override Node Options project page|
|Pathauto||Production||See the Pathauto project page|
|Revisioning||In Drupal 8 Core||Replaced by the combination of Workflows and Content Moderation.|
|Token||Production||See the Token project page|
|Transliteration||No||A filename transliteration patch for Drupal 8 core is available if you want to have filenames transliterated, but that patch hasn't been committed to production core yet. It has been rolled into a Transliteration Filenames module.|
|Video Embed Field||Production||See the Video Embed Field project page|
|View Unpublished||Alpha||See the View Unpublished project page ; Not recommended for use (not being updated by maintainer) Note: if you're really in need of this functionality, contact Kevin Pittman - he has a method for doing this that works, but requires a little setup to get working.|
|Views||In Drupal 8 Core||Existing views do not migrate to Drupal 8, but can be recreated by hand|
|Views Bulk Operations||Production||See the Views Bulk Operations project page|
|WYSIWYG Filter||In Drupal 8 Core|