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Ultimate Geek
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Topic # 240601 16-Sep-2018 13:41
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I have a very small community site on shared hosting that I would like to upgrade from Drupal 7 to 8 ( ).


In the past this was quite easy, you simply ftp’d new files to your server. Now it seems you need to set up a new server and migrate the content across:


If I only have one shared hosting server how do I do this? I could setup a subdomain or other folder on the server, set up Drupal 8 in that then once it is all working delete the Drupal 7 files and move the D8 files to the root hosting directory?


Or perhaps better to create a Linux VM in virtual box locally, migrate into that, then copy the files back to the server? (whatever method I can easily create a content database on the hosting server).


How is this sort of thing done by people who don’t have a full hosting dev environment?

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Master Geek
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  Reply # 2091924 17-Sep-2018 13:18
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The safest method would be to stand up a local Drupal site. 


  • Get your Drupal 8 test site ready


  1. Windows -> DL/Install WAMP and then DL/Install Drupal 8
  2. Windows 8.1 or higher -> HyperV VM with Linux then LAMP/Drupal 8 setup


  • Configure your hosts file to point <fqdn> to your internal drupal site (you can either use the same site fqdn, or something like fqdntest etc)
  • export the config and content from your Drupal 7 site and import to the new Drupal 8 site
  • TEST!!!!!

Once you are happy with how your test site is operating 


  • Do one last config and content backup of Drupal 7 site
  • do a full file/folder backup
  • Wipe the site and install Drupal 8
  • Import the the settings and config from your local test site
  • TEST!!!!!

This is how I would do it in your situation. I have never done a Drupal upgrade but this is the process I go through for any migration of any application.




Hope that helps. 

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