A guide to CMS replacement

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Inspired by the Drupal 7 end-of-life announcement, we take a look at what replacing your content management system means for your organisation.


Both Drupal 7 and 8 will be replaced by the now flagship Drupal 9 platform. If you're managing a website built on Drupal 7, the end-of-life is November 2022, meaning you have a crucial decision to make.

This guide, designed for those currently managing Drupal 7 websites, looks at how the traditional view of the CMS has evolved, and therefore the best ways to approach the assessment required to rebuild or replace your current CMS.

Understanding the landscape and getting the right inputs into your decision-making process are absolutely essential. We hope this whitepaper goes some way to help you make the right (and best) decision for your organisation.

In the first part, we’ll deep dive into the latest CMS technology, evolutionary architecture and approaches to CMS migration. In the second part, we’ll give you everything you’ll need to build a compelling business case for replacing your CMS, from engaging your stakeholders, to landscape and market analysis.


This guide includes:

  • Drupal 7 and 8 end-of-life
  • Content delivery architectures: past, present and future
  • Approaches to CMS migration: Drupal and wider CMS options
  • Key tips to creating a successful CMS replacement business case
  • CMS business case template

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