In case you hadn’t heard, CNP Integrations has developed a new way to give webmasters, site administrators, and developers the ability to choose what CMS they want to use, and help sites easily migrate from Drupal to Joomla!. In this blog series, we’ll look at several aspects of migrating a Drupal; site to Joomla!, including looking at administrative aspects, the mechanics of the migration itself, and even some management tips for administrators looking at migrating. (Tip: if you just can’t wait for those posts to come out, join us this weekend at JoomlaDayNYC for a presentation focused on this topic!) But in this post I want to take just a minute to look at why would you consider migrating in the first place? What circumstances do people find themselves in when they contact us wanting to migrate?
CNP gets many requests and contacts with people looking at, or wanting to migrate their Drupal site to Joomla!. The reasons for why vary widely. Some are run by webmasters or administrators that are just more familiar and comfortable with Joomla!, so it makes sense for them to try to migrate to a platform and environment that they’re more familiar with. Others have just discovered Joomla!, and are liking the relative simplicity in management and development for someone that doesn’t write code and isn’t a programmer. And still others are looking for a specific feature set that Joomla! provides them - those are the ones I want to look at today. What features attract migrations from Drupal?
In the past few years Joomla! has put a lot of focus on seamless upgrade paths. Technology doesn’t stand still. But historically for enterprise or corporate softwares that has often meant painful upgrades and migrations to new versions of the same software they’ve been on for years. With a new focus on easing that process, Joomla! provides a platform that provides enormous flexibility and capability, with the promise that upgrades will be much easier, sometimes painless alltogether.
While Drupal (and many other systems) offer great potential for developers to build awesome tools, many times site administrators or managers need an environment that’s easy to manage on a daily basis. Joomla! provides a nice balance between that potential for easily developing new tools, and functionality, with an administration and management environment that makes it easy for people with little to no technical experience to assist in the daily management or updating the site with little training needed. We don’t ignore the importance of the need to be able to quickly build new features, implement new capabilities, and grow as your site grows, and Joomla! provides a beautiful environment to facilitate both.
While those reasons are definitely not the only ones we hear, and the specific considerations for a migration change with each specific site, one thing that is common to all requests is organizations looking for a stable, secure, and feature-rich environment to continue to grow their online presence efficiently. In our next post in this series, we’ll take a look at some of the considerations and decisions that site administrators have to make when considering a migration.