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Backdrop to Drupal Migrations

Block C - Slot 8 - Oct 2021

October 22, 2021 - 8:00 pm America/Los_Angeles

(8:00PM - Pacific Time USA)

Facilitator(s) if known: 

The facilitator of this discussion has been advocating for a while, that we should make it as easy as possible to move from Backdrop to Drupal 8/9. His theory is that some folks might be less hesitant to try Backdrop if they know that they can move back to Drupal without too much hassle. 

Bring your ideas and opinions and let's talk about the possibilities.


Is this session about migrations (moving data from one D7 site to a second B site) or upgrades (taking a D7 site and converting it to a Backdrop site)?

If it's both, can we change the session title to something like "Switching from Drupal to Backdrop"?

It's actually intended to be about moving in the opposite direction.  I want people to be comfortable experimenting with Backdrop without having to be worried about being locked in, so I want to make sure they know there's a way out if they need it.

I'd like to have the same thing for Wordpress!  But it's easier to figure out the conversion to Drupal, since we can piggyback on the extensive work done on D7-D8 migrations.

I thought that this session is about an option to move from Backdrop to Drupal 9/10 in the future using same tools that are used for D7 to Drupal 9/10.   That is something that we offered to our customer.  If they know that they can go back to brand name (Drupal) from the new system (Backdrop) if things do not work for them for any reason  made decision to try new system less stressful.

I tested standard Drupal 9 upgrade flow from page /upgrade/credentials with backdrop db credentials and got the following response.   It would be great if this db would be recognized by D9.

screenshot from d9 upgrade

Irina has the right vision; I'll update the project description now.  The session is intended to explore the options for migrating a complete Backdrop site TO Drupal 8/9.  The goal is to give newcomers to Backdrop confidence that they have an exit path if they decide they want to leave, so that they feel more comfortable trying Backdrop in the first place.