Things to know before moving from Drupal 6 or 7 to Drupal 8

Since the release of Drupal 8, Drupal 6 is no longer supported by the Drupal Community. Because of this, many sites need to be migrated to Drupal 7 or 8, and quickly!

That means that at Evolving Web we've been doing a lot of Drupal 8 migration projects lately, either D6 to D8 or D7 to D8. I would like to talk about the things we have to take into account when running these projects.

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Company to Move Your Site to Drupal 8

As of December 4th, 2016, at least 82,000+ sites are running Drupal 6. Since Drupal 6 is no longer actively supported by the Drupal community, a lot of people urgently need to migrate to a newer version! So, what if you have of those sites and want to move to the most recent Drupal version?

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Restoring a Drupal 8 site from Configuration Files

As Drupal 8 "relies" on a Configuration Management (CM) system, one of its cool improvements is restoring a Drupal 8 site from an existing configuration instead of only a database dump. This means that you can do a brand new Drupal installation and replicate an existing configuration on your new fresh database!

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Planning Your Drupal 8 Theme: Choosing a Base Theme

Whenever we start a new Drupal project, we have to choose what kind of theme we're going to create. Are we going to use a framework like Bootstrap or Zurb Foundation? If so, do we start with a contrib base theme or do we implement the framework ourselves? Are we going to use a classic Drupal base theme like Zen or AdaptiveTheme? Or are we going to build the theme 'from scratch' starting with Drupal core or a core base theme? 

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Using Configuration Management and Git in Drupal 8

Drupal 8 Configuration Management (CM) is a "killer feature" for a web Content Management System (CMS). When setting up a Drupal site, we spend a lot of time on site configuration: Roles, Permissions, Content Types, Menus, Vocabularies, etc. In most CMS's, all these changes are stored in their databases, making it hard to deploy, track, reuse and rollback important changes.

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Burrito Maker: How to Create Custom Fields in Drupal 8

A detailed tutorial on creating custom fields in Drupal 8 using the field API.

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How to Integrate Material Design with Drupal

If you are a web designer, chances are you have heard about Material Design.

Material Design is a popular "design language" developed by Google that came out in June 2014. Since then, it has kind of become the visual identity of most of Google's mobile applications for Android. Many mobile app developers are using it and the approval rate among web designers is also rising, mostly because of its simplicity and the influence of mobile apps on responsive design.

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Changing Docker hostnames—with namespaces!

At Evolving Web we love using Docker! So when I needed to do work on several different sites, I just spun up a few Docker containers, and now I've got this:

Bad docker hostnames

Three shells in three different containers, and it's super hard to tell which is which.The hostnames are just random hex strings—so confusing!

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