Backdrop LIVE is based upon an unconference model. Anyone can declare a topic up through the day of the event and the schedule is subject to change at any time. What would you like to talk about?

Block B - Slot 4

Slot 4: 2:00 pm America/Los_Angeles - October 21, 2022

This presentation will discuss the Drupal 7 to Backdrop CMS upgrade process for two Stanford University web applications: Stanford On & Off-Campus Learning opportunities ( and Stanford Seed Funding ( The presentation will cover the decision making process that led the product and developer teams to choose a Backdrop CMS upgrade over rebuild options, and will broadly outline the process for estimating and performing the ~550 hour upgrade.

The case study will showcase the success of a Backdrop CMS upgrade for highly complex Drupal 7 web applications, and will aim to provide a starting point and loose methodology for product and technical teams considering similar projects.

It is our hope that the ongoing success of Stanford University's two Backdrop CMS platforms and a brief outline of the process that led to these upgrades will help other teams tackle similar projects with confidence — and realize similar benefits as opposed to far more expensive and involved platform rebuild options.

Facilitator(s) if known: 
All skill levels
Webite Architects (no code)
Developers (yes code)