The Ultimate Joomla to Drupal 8 Migration ‘How-To’ Kit [+Video]

You’ve tried Joomla website once. You saw that it doesn’t fit your needs and endeavors. Then you found out about Drupal 8 and decided that it’s simply created for you. Though there are 2 small issues. “How in the world I’m going to transfer all that gigantic contents data?” and “What can I do for a proper Joomla to Drupal 8 migration?” Well, we can answer this question with no pain at all. 

Why migrate after all? 

Joomla, indeed is a great CMS which powers lots of websites (2.5m). Joomla allows you to build a website, offering some important creating elements immediately. Corporate, e-commerce or social network website isn’t a question for Joomla! 

On the other side, everything is not so sunshine-brightly. 

Compare – Joomla! plugins marketplace: +7k plugins vs Drupal amount of plugins (modules): +35k. That’s a big difference, right? Accordingly, fewer plugins = fewer number of useful features to add to your website. 

Plugins compatibility. You can’t just install one plugin after another and repeat this infinitely. There may be some issues in your website functionality. Unless you know how to make some changes in PHP code, though the successful result is still not guaranteed. Another reason why J! is being migrated is that some may find it limited in website customization options. 

Drupal is considered to be one of the most powerful and advanced website builders out there. It comprises not only the features of a CMS platform but rather it’s a content management framework as well, that provides the website owners with the ability to create their own application on Drupal core. This CMF is highly-developed while speaking about its functionality. Moreover, the latest Drupal 8 version has lots of new tricks to show and is suitable for management and business collaboration. You are always able to improve your website management with the modules, themes, contributions, etc. 

By the way, Drupal is considered to be on the top, when it comes to developing an enterprise website.

Thus, to make the website management sphere even more simple and efficient, we present you the tutorial that will show you how to migrate from Joomla to Drupal 8 automatedly and with no losses.

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Joomla to Drupal 8 Migration: Step-by-Step Switching

1. Login/Sign up

Go to and login via your Google+ or Facebook account. Or you may create new CMS2CMS account by just providing your name, email, and password.

2. Specify Your Joomla and Drupal URLs

In the provided fields in the migration wizard, type the URLs of your Joomla and Drupal websites. If you haven’t installed Drupal website yet, it’s not a problem; you may still try the migration. Just check the box saying “I don’t have my target website installed yet” and choose the type of CMS platform you want to switch to.

3. Download the Connection Bridge

Then, click on ‘ Download Bridge File’ link and follow the steps:

  1. Bridge File will be saved as ‘cms2cms’ zip. Extract it to the folder on your PC and remember the location, we’ll back to it later.

  2. Connect to your websites via FTP client software (you may use any type of it). You need to provide your FTP host name, username, and password. All these you may find out from your hosting provider.

  3. Then, right within your dashboard, copy ‘cm2cms’ folder and paste it to the root directories of your Joomla and Drupal websites. The root directory is the top folder with the index.php file.

Then, you should go back to your migration wizard and verify the connection bridge between your sites by pressing the corresponding button.

4. Preferences for Migration

After that, you may choose the additional options:

  1. Migrate Media Files – check this box if you want to move your post pictures

  2. Make URLs SEO Friendly – if you choose this action, all internal links of your Joomla website will be formed according to the rewrite rules of your new Drupal website.

  3. 301 Redirect – If you check this box, 301 redirect will inform the engine bot about the change of your location and you will save your ranking and traffic..

  4. Clear Target Site Data – this option will erase test content on your Drupal website.

5. Demo Migration

Now, you may start with the free Demo Migration. CMS2CMS will transfer 10 pages of your website from Joomla to Drupal along with the related entities in just a few minutes. And you’ll be able to check the result right away.

6. Start Full Migration

Happy with the Demo result? Well, you may start the Full Joomla to Drupal 8 migration by clicking the corresponding button right now. In a while, when it’s done (usually it’s a matter of a couple of minutes) you’ll receive an email notification and welcome your new website – now on Drupal!

If you are ready to start the new life of your website and migrate Joomla to Drupal, go ahead and set  up your free Demo Migration. And in few minutes, you’ll be able to enjoy your new Drupal 8 website.

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