Georgia Tech, Drupal 8, and You!

We have received numerous questions about Drupal 8 and Georgia Tech websites in the past few months. To help facilitate discussion and timelines for Drupal 8, here are some helpful dates, links, and resources to guide your planning, strategy, and timelines for Drupal 8 on campus!

Drupal 8 Theme Development

Georgia Tech's central Drupal 8 theme and associated plugins are managed via Institute Communications, which has posted a rough Drupal 8 theme development timeline

Of note from the timeline:

  • Georgia Tech's A theme handles the display of header, footer Georgia Tech elements. 
  • Georgia Tech's B theme handles configurations and display of body styling, editor improvements, and Views styling. 

Drupal 8 Hosting and Composer

Drupal 8 brings some changes to web development best practices with the adoption and proliferation of composer.

For campus units looking to use composer on OIT Web Hosting, we strongly recommend metroplus. Metroplus is a command-line interface (CLI) tool allowing tools such as drush, composer, and git on webhosting.

To learn more and join metroplus, please contact Michael Sheldon in the College of Sciences.

Drupal 8 Migration Planning

While it is still a bit early for most site owner to begin building new sites in Drupal 8, you may want to start your strategic planning so that you're ready to go when the right theming resources become available.  A guide to migrating Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 is available, as is a more specific guide to planning for migrating Drupal Express sites to Drupal 8.

What about Drupal 7?

The Georgia Tech Drupal 7 theme will be updated to the new 2018 "Tech Gold" (metalic gold) design in late winter 2019, per Institute Communications' Drupal 8 timeline