Overcoming Backdrop barriers: module ports and themes

Drupal Camp Asheville 2024 - July 12th-14th

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Justin Keiser
Academy of Model Aeronautics
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Justin Keiser, Drupal Web Programmer for the Academy of Model Aeronautics, learned about Backdrop CMS at DrupalCamp Asheville in 2019.  Since then he began working on a daily basis with Backdrop in addition to Drupal and WordPress.

The upgrade process from Drupal 7 to Backdrop CMS is a refactoring rather than a rewrite but can still have challenges.  It can, however be a cost-effective solution for an organization happy with their existing website and platform.

My favorite module is not available, how would I try to port it?  There is actually a contributed module that can help.

How do I rethink my theme?  Backdrop uses layouts that aren't part of themes.  How does that work?  We will go over an example of recreating a Drupal theme in Backdrop, without porting the theme using core and contributed modules.

How long will the upgrade process take?