Key Learnings: DrupalCon Baltimore 2017

DrupalCon Baltimore 2017, a great week-long interaction with Drupal experts ended on 28 April 2017.

It was a great learning experience for all the participants. Specifically, I would like to share my learnings with you.

  • Training & Summits: I met Drupal partnerDriesNote at DrupalCon Baltimore 2017s from several countries and shared our Drupal development experiences and unique challenges faced by us. Sessions were organized to highlight the importance of Drupal in various sectors such as higher education, government, nonprofit organization, and other businesses.
  • DriesNote: Dries Butyaert, founder of Drupal, spoke about his journey right from launching this CMS software to its current state of popularity. He also shared insights about Drupal 8 updates and the new and improved features of Drupal.
  • Interesting sessions and keynotes by eminent speakers: Below are few of the interesting sessions along with their highlights
  • Building NBA.com on Drupal 8: Tobby Haggler and Josh Mullikin spoke on how the back-end of NBA.com is developed on Drupal 8, which enables data-driven content, thereby creating unique and personalized mobile/web experience for users.  Read More at https://events.drupal.org/baltimore2017/sessions/building-nbacom-drupal-8
  • Basic DevOps Skills: Where to Start and How to Learn – This session was fruitful as we have gained expertise in DevOps. It was a great platform to share our development experience with other Drupal experts.
  • Future of The CMS: Decoupled, multichannel, and content-as-a-service:
    1. Decoupling your CMS: Separating content management from its presentation provides support to new devices and technologies. Headless Drupal provides better user experience; even designers and developers find it easy to create and manage content.
    2. Multichannel publishing: With a number of marketing channels to be covered simultaneously, enterprises face tough challenges in efficient content distribution. However, Drupal CMS enables modern enterprises to create and distribute original content on the social network through Apple TV and Facebook Instant plugins.
    3. Content-as-a-service: A centralized content hub facilitates improved and efficient for enterprises to collect, manage, and distribute content to a wider target audience.
    4. Future-proofing your project: The speakers gave great insights on how to decouple the front-end and back-end features of your Drupal CMS.

D7 to D8 Migration Challenges

Interesting insights were presented in Drupalcon related to migration of websites from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8. Common challenges include migration of all nodes, fields in Views, URL Aliases, broken links of Menu UI, improper date formats, and blocked IPs.

Kellton Tech provides best-in-class migration solutions to enterprises; a combination of manual plus automated content migration is the key to successful, accurate and low cost migration. 

As the Bronze Sponsor of DrupalCon Baltimore 2017, Kellton Tech got a great opportunity to exhibit its rich expertise in Drupal development at Booth #519. Delivering 150+ successful Drupal projects and contributing more than 50 modules to the Drupal community, we got a chance to showcase our 10+ years of Drupal development experience.

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