Upgrading to Drupal8 – Episode 2 The Refusal

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January 5, 2016


After two weeks of swearing, mumbling, installing, deleting, reinstalling, tweaking, swearing some more, leaving to drink a beer, coming back and reinstalling, purging, clearing caches, swearing, going offline for a few days, returning, reinstalling, upgrading, purging, clearing, tweaking, reinstalling, swearing some more… I decided that Drupal8 just isnt quite ready for me.

Upgrading to Drupal8 - Episode 2 The RefusalI really, really wanted to upgrade to Drupal8 but some of the features of Drupal that make this blog experience so pleasant just dont exist yet in this early Drupal 8.0.1 version of Droop.

/me cries into my beer

So, reluctantly, i decided to rollback to my Drupal7 backup and am now back online and sighing a big happy sigh of relief.

Things I liked about Drupal 8:

  • The admin UI is big improvement
  • The text editing and blogging functions were slick and simple
  • i liked the integration of modules/themes and libraries
  • Web fonting was nice and it had a more modern look and feel compared to D7

Things I didnt like:

Too many of the modules I use in D7 just do not work on D8 yet — and I stress the “YET”

  • XMLSITEMAP just doesnt work
  • FACEBOOK integration just doesnt work
  • PERSISTENT LOGIN just doesnt work and kept completely locking up the website
  • NODE CLONE doesnt exist and this is an awesome timesaving module
  • METATAGS kept locking up.
  • My current blog theme NEXUS doesnt exist and I found myself trying to theme D8 to do what I wanted from D7 – I hate reinventing the wheel.

So, in a nutshell, I found myself upgrading to Droop8 purely because it was available rather than because it was the right choice! Currently, Drupal8 is not the right choice for me. It’s time to leave it to bed-in a little, and revisit in a few months.

My recommendation – Let Drupal 8 mature a little before dipping your toes in the water!


IBM i Software Developer, Digital Dad, AS400 Anarchist, RPG Modernizer, Shameless Trekkie, Belligerent Nerd, Englishman Abroad and Passionate Eater of Cheese and Biscuits. Nick Litten Dot Com is a mixture of blog posts that can be sometimes serious, frequently playful and probably down-right pointless all in the space of a day. Enjoy your stay, feel free to comment and remember: If at first you don't succeed then skydiving probably isn't a hobby you should look into.

Nick Litten

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