Drupal recently launched the first release candidate (RC1) of Drupal 8 which includes significant features to help both the developers and users. The first release candidate offers a great opportunity to start up with Drupal 8, especially for the new sites.
Of course there are several pitfalls related to decision making of Drupal architectures. We usually need many contributed modules in Drupal applications and this doesn’t change in Drupal 8 as well. So it would be difficult to start up the projects with Drupal 8.
But you don’t have to worry; here is a simple 4-step strategy to start your projects with Drupal 8.
#1. Let Drupal core and REST be your main focus
Scuffling with bugs can take a hell lot of time in projects. In order to avoid this and other estimation failures, you need to focus mainly on Drupal core and REST. Drupal 8 core provides enormous features required for data queries, data structure and user management. Also, there are several contributed modules which are needed to render the query results in a formatted way.
#2. Try splitting the projects
Bigger the project you want take up with Drupal (not just Drupal 8), bigger will be the risk. As most of the clients in Canada want fixed prices for their projects, it’s really important for us to have a fine-grained planning of small feature junks. Make sure that the project requirements are kept as small as needed. This reduces the risk of overseeing the details that would crash your estimation during development. Try and split the projects; follow agile methodology (smaller development steps with detailed requirements).
#3. Consider giving discounts
If your clients pay you by hour and allow you to fix bugs in core and contributed modules, consider giving them some discount on the price. This certainly helps you to contribute and improve the code base of Drupal 8 and contributed modules. All your clients and also the community will be benefitted from the stable and fast-growing code base.
#4. Update early and often
When the update frequency became slower in Drupal 7, Drupal 8 was almost there. As more and more people start using Drupal 8, more bugs will be reported and fixed as well. This means that you need to update early and often if you want to see the code and feature changes early. Keeping the modules out-dated for a long time can land you at the risk of broken site.
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