Upgrading from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7: problems and solutions

22 Sep 2011
Drupal problems and solutions

Following my first look at Drupal 7 and my notes on building a "sandbox" Drupal 7 site, here's a report of my next stop in going 7: upgrading a site from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7.

Someday you'll likely want to do the same. But this is a major upgrade, not a trivial "Drupal 6.19 to Drupal 6.20" kind of affair. "Yeah, one of these days I need to get around to that", you say... while your poor D6 sites fidget anxiously... like nervous freshmen huddling outside the gym locker room... fearing the gauntlet of cackling seniors daring them to walk on in.... 

Oops, sorry; serious flashback. Anyway, a major upgrade is a can't-avoid-it-forever exercise, so let's charge in. I ran into problems during my experience (gee, there's a surprise : /  ), but I managed to fix them as outlined below. If you've got a Drupal 7 installation running and are ready to uplift an old site or two, read my tale and let me know if it's of any help! Read more about Upgrading from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7: problems and solutions

Creating a Drupal 7 sandbox site

12 Sep 2011
Drupal checklist

Following up on my review of the book Drupal 7 First Look, here's a closer look at the creation of my first Drupal 7 site: a generic "sandbox" site to be used as the base for future sites. While every Drupal site you or I create will call for its own unique setup, there are parts of a Drupal configuration that I'll likely want to replicate on any new site, such as installation of key modules, or creation of useful roles and vocabularies that I always end up using. I'd prefer to do those things just once, rather than from scratch every time; hence the sandbox site. 

Here's what I did. Drupal beginners, see whether there's something useful in there for you.   Read more about Creating a Drupal 7 sandbox site

Review of Drupal 7 First Look

Drupal 7 First Look

Author: Mark Noble

Pages: 288

Publisher: Packt Publishing

Publisher's page: Drupal 7 First Look

ISBN: 978-1-849511-22-3

Summary: Good developer-oriented overview of what's new in Drupal 7.

Putting the book to work

Drupal 7 First Look (hereafter First Look) was released by Packt Publishing in November 2010, several weeks before the official release of Drupal 7 (D7) itself. "Learn the new features of Drupal 7, how they work and how they will impact you", runs the book's subtitle – a goal of interest to site builders awaiting D7's release at the time, and site builders now who've yet to approach D7 months after its release.

As with my previous review of Packt Publishing's Drupal E-commerce with Ubercart 2.x, I wanted to base a review on not just a reading of the book but a hands-on application of it. My guess was that First Look had its sights set on people like me: users with a Drupal 6 (D6) background and an interest in D7, but with little idea of what to expect. The Preface confirmed as much: Read more about Review of Drupal 7 First Look