Drupal 8

Welcome to Drupal 8!

New with Drupal 8: A newly designed college header with improved site specific navigation. Each of our 180+ sites will continue to have their own unique home page and sub-page content presentation to facilitate the dissemination of information to users.

Introduction to the SRJC website

Since 2014, the SRJC website has been built within the Drupal 7 Content Management System (CMS), using the Zurb Foundation 5 responsive front-end framework. With Drupal 7 approaching its end of life, it is necessary to migrate each of our college sites to Drupal 8, and at the same time, upgrade Zurb Foundation's version 6 framework. Using Drupal and Foundation together has the following advantages:

Responsive
  • Your content will look good on large desktop monitors, smaller laptop screens, tablets, and mobile phones.
Ease of use
  • Staff who create and update web pages for their departments or groups won't need to know Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS or JavaScript to publish and maintain content.
  • Web pages can be more easily updated, indexed, and searchable to allow students, the community, faculty and staff to more easily locate information on our site.
Consistent look and feel across the entire college website
  • All of our college sites use the same styles, colors, fonts, etc. to maintain a similar, yet consistent look and feel, with less effort on the part of backend content administrators and editors, and ultimately resulting in a more pleasing experience for our users. 
Support for greater web accessibility
  • Drupal 8 and Foundation were built to support and encourage proper use of semantic markup for accessibility - see Drupal's Accessibility page for more information
  • For more information on making your SRJC Drupal site as accessible as possible please visit our guide to Creating Accessible Drupal Sites
  • SRJC has a subscription to a Web Governance tool, Siteimprove, which will check for some accessibility compliance standards, as well as broken links and mispellings. Your Drupal 8 site will be added to Siteimprove once it is completed.

How do I migrate an existing Drupal 7 site to Drupal 8, or create a new Drupal 8 site?

Steps to migrating or recreating your new Drupal 8 site:

Step number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Drupal 8 Site Process Summary Fill out the new site installation / existing site migration request form. Determine your site requirements; Storyboard your site; Get trained if necessary. Complete the prep work in advance of content migration to Drupal 8. Review Web Accessibility tips before starting. Create your site! Web Services is available to help you design and build your site home page with custom blocks. Let Web Services know once your site is completed. Drupal 8 Site is live!
Drupal 8 Site Process Details & Help. All existing Drupal 7 sites must either be migrated to Drupal 8, or started over with a new Drupal 8 installation. Drupal Site Planning (pptx). Drupal training page. Creating Accessible Drupal Sites page. Migrated sites still require some amount of content editor work such as adding photos and blocks, as well as reworking the navigation and recreating forms. We have to optimize the site for search and add it to Siteimprove. Check your Siteimprove reports for QA and Accessibility.

 

Timeframe Small group (3-6 content editors) sessions will be held as necessary. Self help resources are always available on the training page You will need to plan for and block out time to complete your site. This will include gathering assets to be used such as images and PDF documents. Site should be ready for migration no more than one week after you put the request in. Once a site has been migrated, your Drupal 7 site content will be frozen (no editing), and your work begins to complete the site build process. The total time from migration to completeion is highly dependent on the time content editors have to work on their respective sites. Less than 1 day to archive the old site and switch the DNS to the new site. Drupal 8 Site is live!