Ambitious Projects with Constrained Budgets: Drupal 7 Moving to Backdrop CMS

Streamlining Migration of Drupal 7 Sites for site-builders!
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The Sunset of Drupal 7

As we approach the end of an era, it's essential to understand what's happening. Drupal 7, a trusted and reliable CMS, is reaching its end-of-life on January 5, 2025. While it's served us well, it's time to embrace the future and explore new possibilities. As we prepare to bid farewell to the beloved version, Drupal 7 still supports over 350,000 sites.

While Drupal 8+ with Composer provides powerful solutions, it often fails to meet the needs of projects with limited budgets. The Drupal community has come together to ensure a smooth transition for projects with restrained budgets using Backdrop CMS, a fantastic descendant of D7.  We are here to bring you all the details on how to make the transition from Drupal 7 to Backdrop CMS a smooth and cost-effective journey.

Enter Backdrop CMS - Your Migration Path

The Drupal community has always been about collaboration and innovation, and this time is no different. Backdrop CMS combines new features (like configuration management and major modules in the core) with an affordable approach to DevOps/ WebOps (such as core updates via Web UI, etc.)  It offers a user-friendly experience focusing on ease of use, backward compatibility, and robust features.

Community Meeting Recap

The recent user group meeting on February 1, 2024, discussed transitioning from Drupal 7 to Backdrop CMS. You can find detailed insights and discussions from the meeting by visiting this link: User Group Discussion - Improving Migrations from D7.

Drawing from real-world case studies, we discussed the technical intricacies of migrating from Drupal 7 to Backdrop CMS, including practical tips, best practices, and common pitfalls to avoid.

In the meeting, various topics were discussed, ranging from module compatibility and data migration to theming considerations, as well as the technical challenges involved and practical solutions to overcome them.


To facilitate the migration process, the community has come up with a new tool – BackdropDev. This tool is designed to streamline the migration journey and make it as smooth as possible. It offers an intake form where you can provide details about your Drupal 7 website and your migration needs and get a free consultation on the most efficient migration solution.

How to Get Started

Is your site running on Drupal 7? Are you ready to take the next step and migrate your Drupal 7 site to Backdrop CMS? It's easier than ever! Follow these steps: 

  • Visit 
  • Fill out the intake form to provide essential information about your website (link). 
  • Let the tool work its magic, guiding you through the migration process.

Our goal is to support D7 owners in developing a migration roadmap that maximizes resources, minimizes risks, and ensures a seamless transition. Remember, this is a community effort; your feedback and involvement are invaluable. 

Join the Migration Movement

The Drupal and Backdrop community is here to support you every step of the way. We encourage everyone with a Drupal 7 website to explore Backdrop CMS and consider the seamless migration path it offers. By transitioning together, we can ensure a bright and promising future for your web projects. Let's embark on this migration journey with enthusiasm and optimism!

Stay tuned for more updates, and let's make this transition a success!

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