We’re here to put some of the top Drupal myths our team has heard, including some Drupal 9 specific myths, to rest once and for all.
Myth #1 Drupal is Basic
This could not be f u r t h e r from the truth...and if you don't believe us check out the landing page we created to illustrate and debunk the below myths.
Unless of course you'd prefer to read the basic content below instead...in which case carry on.
Myth #2 Drupal is Difficult to Use
This is by far the most misunderstood conception about Drupal and is supported by false ideas such as:
- Drupal’s large codebase seems intimidating.
- Drupal uses more memory.
- It’s difficult to find a Drupal developer (this one is debatable...since Drupal is built in PHP, which is a language many developers lack experience in). So we’re going to go with a myth on this one as well.
- Drupal provides a poor UX experience to the non-technical users.
Fact: While Drupal may be more complex than other CMS options, as long as it’s configured properly, it is most certainly not difficult to use.
Myth #3 Drupal is Not User Friendly for Content Creation
There is a large misconception that Drupal is inflexible in regards to content creation, editing and publishing. Top reasons why this myth should be debunked include:
- Drupal’s admin interface helps you create the exact content architecture that you want, add and organize any media type you want, create user roles and permissions, customize your menus and so much more.
- You can create and edit content in-place allowing content editors to build and modify pages on the front end using drag-and-drop functions with no code required.
- You can edit from any mobile device or tablet.
- You can make revisions multiple times and keep track of all of them and who made them.
Myth #4 Drupal 9 is the Same as Drupal 8
To be honest in a lot of ways this myth is actually true.
Drupal 9 is built mostly in Drupal 8, meaning that it will offer users a similar experience as well as the same, or similar, features. The differences are more behind the scenes, with things like: upgrades to dependencies (Symfony, Twig & jQuery UI) and increased system requirements, to ensure long term security and stability for the platform.
Myth #5 We're Going to Loose all the Features we Love in Drupal 7/8 when we go to Drupal 9
This is a complicated one, and depends on if you are upgrading from Drupal 8 to 9, or migrating to Drupal 9 from Drupal 7.
Depending on the features you “love” you may in fact loose some, especially if they are custom modules or are modules that were retired after Drupal 7.
In either case, there will be option in Drupal 9 to help you reach the same outcome, which is one of the many reasons why hiring an experienced Drupal developer is so important.
If you’re upgrading from 8 to 9 you’ll enjoy almost all of the same features and functionalities, along with some updates, additions & improvements.
Myth #6 We're Going to Loose all the Features we Love in Drupal 7/8 when we go to Drupal 9
Fact and fiction.
If you're going from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 you project will require a rebuild as it's a full migration. That said, it's also a great time to think about that new site design you've likely been putting off.
On the other hand, if you're going from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 it's a more streamlined process which takes a lot less time as it's more of a traditional upgrade.
So what will need to be rebuilt you ask?
- Your Theme
- Your website's front-end, the design layouts and UX, will need to be rebuilt.
- Custom Extensions
- Any API integrations or custom extensions.
- Your Custom Features & modules
- Outdated modules that did not make it from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9.
Whether you're in Drupal 7 or Drupal 8 we hope we've cleared up some misconceptions you may have.