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Why did you abandon Drupal as your primary CMS?

In the summer of 2018 I had several websites hacked. The hacked sites had two things in common, they were using Drupal, they were using the same shared hosting company. Neither one of these factors was the primary reason for moving on from Drupal, but they were the catalyst to get me looking beyond Drupal as my primary CMS.

Addressing the shared hosting company, anything you are on shared hosting it is like living in an apartment building, if someone in the building is doing something bad they can bring down the whole buildling. In the case of my sites getting hacked, I beleive the shared hosting was at least a contributing factor because I had the same version of Drupal running at two different hosting companies, and the problems were only happening on the one set of sites

The sites getting hacked weren't the only reason I looked beyond Drupal, but they were the catalyst to get me looking beyond Drupal. Some of the sites were very simple, only a handful of pages, and I really started thinking about whether I needed something as complex as Drupal to build some very simple sites. I started looking at flat file CMS that did not require a database. For very simple sites having a flat file site was more efficient on backup and restore.

The main reason, which was brought into focus by the need to update and rebuild some of these sites was that Drupal was in the process of a major upgrade. Drupal version 8 was released in 2015. I had begun testing Drupal v8 a few times, but it was a big change from Drupal version 7.

I started a few new sites from scratch with Drupal 8. It felt like as I got beyond a very simple site I ran into a few glitches that caused me to abandon the tests. The more I looked at Drupal 8, the more I realized there were aspects of Drupal that had changed so much that it was almost like starting from scratch. I had the intention of coming back later to look at Drupal 8. But now faced with unplanned rebuilding or updating numerous sites I took a step back and put several websites on hold.

After working with Drupal for more than 10 years starting with version 6 and the version 7, I'm a bit burned out on Drupal. I had begun testing Drupal v8 a few times, but it was a big change from Drupal version 7, and it was like starting from scratch. Some of my sites are very simple, only a handful of pages, and I really started thinking about whether I needed something as complex as Drupal to build some very simple sites. I started looking at flat file CMS that did not require a database.



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