As part of the Sogn og Fjordane Fylkeskommune county's, Drupal web development team, did we manage to create quite a few web pages, during my 6 month long contract, this is one of them http://fylkesarkiv.no. We where replacing an older and dated systems with Drupal 6 and other opensource goodness.
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May 2012 - One year have past since I initially wrote this article. Upgrading these days from Drupal 6 to 7 have become easier, safer, and a lot less nerve wrecking, though it will never become a cakewalk.
May 2015 - Cleaned up language a corrected grammar erros.
To migrate or upgrade?
As writing do I still have a few more complex sites running on Drupal 6. Knowing these sites, their complexity, and all existing glue code, a fast and easy upgrade will be hard pull off. It might be easier for complex sites to only migrate the content using modules like migrate and migrate_d2d.
A data migration
Do a clean Drupal 7 installation.
Build basic needed content types and configurations.
Recreate the theme in D7 or port you existing CSS/SASS styles.
I joined the ELMCIP Project in July 2010, and will be busy working on this project for the new two years. This does not mean, that I'm not available for other contract work/projects, but this will reduces my availability by about 10-15%.
It is that time of the year again and we all migrate to a specific venue. This year is the European Drupalcon held in København (CPH). I'll be there with my fellow Drupal geeks. Do you see me, buy me a pint or just say hello.