Upgrade Drupal 7 to 8 during re-design?

I am a LAMP web developer/designer and familiar with Wordpress. Coming up on a Drupal site redesign. They’re currently on version 7, and I’m wondering if it’s wise to upgrade them to 8 as part of the re-design. It’s primarily a content-rich website, but the client wants to make it look more modern given it’s almost 9 years old.

What considerations should be the main criteria for the decision to upgrade?


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Upgrading to a newer version is recommended as it offers better performance, security and features. However, make sure to test out the latest version on a staging site before applying changes to a production site. Cloudways let you create staging site in just a few clicks from the platform itself.

You may also refer to Drupal documentation on updating to 8.

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Prepare Before the Migration

  • Setting up a staging environment for the new Drupal 8 site
  • Identifying your Drupal 7 core modules in use and taking a detailed inventory
  • Keeping an eye on known issues
  • Updating your current Drupal site to the latest pre-8 version
  • Ensuring your new Drupal 8 site has appropriate access to private source files
  • Installing a clean and separate Drupal 8 site
  • Enabling core and contributing modules in your new Drupal 8 site
  • Avoiding configuration and content editing on Drupal 8 until after the migration
  • Estimating, budgeting and resourcing for the drupal migration

Drupal also recommends using the Drupal pre-upgrade analysis tool to estimate how much time and effort your team will ultimately need to complete the entire upgrade