Building the next WCMS

Moving from WCMS 2 to WCMS 3

The Waterloo Content Management System (WCMS) is moving from WCMS 2, built using Drupal 7, to WCMS 3, built using Drupal 8. This move, necessitated by the fact that Drupal 7 will be reaching end-of-life in November 2021, is not a straightforward one.

Drupal 8 has been completely rewritten, a change that will require WCMS 3 to be built, versus merely upgraded to.

The main objective of this project is to build a version of the WCMS that, as much as possible, replicates all existing presentation and end-user functionality of WCMS 2, using Drupal 8 at the core. Please note, this project excludes UWaterloo Scholar websites.

Start to consider the resources that may be required for site migrations.  

  • How many websites are you responsible for? How large are they? 

  • Do you have the time to complete beta testing? Will you rebuild a current site that could move to production? (beta testing details TBD) 

  • Do you have the capacity to complete the migration work yourself, or will you need help?

  • Is there a smaller website you can migrate first while you learn how to use the new system?

  • Are there known due dates, commitments, or other work that could conflict with beta testing and/or site migration dates?