Building a Custom Migration in Drupal 8

In the event you're planning a custom migration to Drupal 8, then you need to begin that task right here, right now. Our DevOps Engineer Tess Flynn has created a six-part series on how to successfully execute an auto-generated migration that will help prevent any chronic headaches and replication of existing site mistakes. It's an golden opportunity to revisit and reorganize for a much improved site. 

Part 1 – Getting Started

There's no better time to stop, assess and admit to the many issues with your old site than when you begin the migration process. Preparation for the migration is essential, and knowing how is critical. More...

Part 2 – Tools and Modules

No challenging task can be successfully completed without the correct tools, and in the case of a Drupal 8 migration, the correct modules as well. Have no fear, the list is here. Socketwench lays out the list of tools and modules required for a successful migration. More...

Part 3 – Users and Roles

🐔 or 🥚? That's not a valid issue concerning a custom migration. Most might answer, "Nodes first!" "Not so", says Tess. Start with dependency mapping and avoid unnecessary and repetitive work. More...

Part 4 – Files and Content

File migration. Simple node migration. Hierarchical nature of the migration system. Customizing field mappings. The value of the default-value plugin. That and more in Part 4. More...

Part 5 – Paragraphs

Paragraphs is the new way of Drupal content creation! It allows site builders to make things cleaner, so you can give more editing power to your end-users. Socketwench explains how and why. More...

Part 6 – Custom Source Plugins

Create custom source plugins to filter out the nodes to migrate by the presence of lack of a tag assigned to the content. Content will then work better, putting a smile on your face 😃. More...

Happy Migrating!

Tess Flynn

DevOps Engineer
Tess Flynn

Tess is TEN7’s Swiss Army knife. She’s an ever-present force in Drupal and a frequent speaker at events, where she's known for comic book-style illustrations in her presentations. Her superpower is problem-solving—she’s always finding ways to improve a site’s infrastructure and efficiency, and she has the rare ability to look holistically at a situation through human requirements, not just those of technology and business. She also loves sleuthing out the source of hacks, especially the ugly and ingenious ones. Tess has encyclopedic knowledge of horror/sci-fi ranging from schlocky and campy to highbrow. She loves Star Trek, where the engineers use their skills to help people.