The impending release of Drupal 8 is exciting and it creates a bit of conflict when we talk to clients about redesigns and new sites. Drupal 8 will have a ton of features that the community and customers have been clamoring for. But from a business point of view, this is a tricky time for firms that focus on Drupal. Some of our clients are in desperate need of a site redesign; they know it just as well as we do. We have to balance the immediacy of their need with the benefit of waiting for Drupal 8.
Some things to consider when deciding to wait for Drupal 8 or build in Drupal 7:
- Drupal 7 is still a great choice. It is extremely powerful and modular and will be able to do almost everything that Drupal 8 will be able to do with the right modifications. Some of the exciting modules that will ship with Drupal 8 are already in development for Drupal 7 or have already shipped. In-line editing can be achieved through the Edit module, and mobile friendly administration menus can be accomplished with the help of Navbar.
- Drupal 7 is upgradable to Drupal 8. Your Drupal 7 site can be upgraded to 8, though it is still somewhat unclear what it will take to accomplish this. Some steps that can be taken to facilitate easier upgrading include: eliminating unused views, themes, rules, and blocks.
- It is still unclear when the cutoff point for Drupal 7 vs. Drupal 8 will be. The Drupal 8 core is anticipated to release in the next 6-10 months, but it will still need to be tested by the community. Early adopters of Drupal 8 could pay a little more for development as some modules and functionality might not be ported over to Drupal 8, but could still be necessary for your site.
If your site is usable, not having problems, and portraying an image that you are proud of, the wait for Drupal 8 just might be worth it. With a professional looking and functional site, your business is not in immediate jeopardy. The wait for Drupal 8 would be worth considering.
If you don’t have a site at all, or your site is more harmful than helpful to your business, please, move forward with Drupal 7. It is a very good solution. The potential upgrade should not stop you from building an online presence and making your website your best marketing tool. The ability to be found on the internet and reach customers 24/7 far outweighs any benefit to waiting for Drupal 8.
Still have questions about Drupal 7 vs Drupal 8? Contact us through our website. We’d be happy to help you sort it out!