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I have a Drupal website that's been sitting in mothballs for the last 4 years. When I go to the Drupal Available updates page, there's about 30 or 40 updates total listed there that show they need to be made.
A partial list of modules include:
- Administration menu
- Node clone
- Content Construction Kit (CCK)
etc... There are a few more besides those, but those seem like the major ones. Note that I had the site built for me--it was an extensive undertaking--and I'm not even sure what each of the modules is for.
QUESTION: Can I skip all the intermediate updates and just install the very last of the various core and module updates? Or do I need to apply each update in sequence?
Question: Do I install the core updates first, and then the modules?
Question: If I need to update sequentially, are there dependencies for the modules and core such that I have to switch off--meaning, do a core then do applicable modules; then do another core, then more applicable modules; etc.?
There's a lot of work that needs to be done to update this site. I recognize that some of the back end will likely have to be tweaked to make sure it still works as designed. Can anyone give me an idea of the process and what it's likely going to take to get it back up to speed?
Two related questions:
- I want to move this site to a different provider. QUESTION: Do I update first and then move the site? Or do I install a new core and then move the site to the new core? (Obviously that will impact any module dependencies.)
- QUESTION: Should I move to Drupal 7 or 8? Is that introducing a ton of other possible problems that I don't want to get into at this juncture?
Thanks in advance for any ideas you might be able to offer in getting this site copacetic.