New Migration Guide from Drupal to WordPress


October 18, 2018

Many developers using Toolset have come to WordPress from Drupal. For them, Toolset provides the functionality that they love in Drupal, but in a friendly way (the WordPress way). To make the move easier, we updated our migration guide from Drupal to WordPress.

Drupal to WordPress migration

Updated migration details for Drupal 7 and Drupal 8

When we originally wrote the migration guide, Drupal 7 was just out and Drupal 8 still far from completion. Today, Drupal 8 is the standard, but many Drupal sites are still on D7. The first chapter of the migration guide maps the major Drupal (core) features to their WordPress equivalents. WordPress core comes with a lot fewer features than Drupal core, so this chapter also lists the plugins that provide the missing features.

Added migration steps for content relationship

One of the most beloved features in Drupal is the ability to create complex content relationships. chapter 2 of the migration guide explains how to map between Drupal content to WordPress content. It uses the content relationship feature in Toolset to preserve all the power of related content.

Added mapping from Drupal design to page builders

A Drupal 8 Layout Builder UI using Dynamic Layouts for Layout Builder; unlike WordPress Page Builders, it provides a backend UI only.In the last few years, page builders have become very popular in the WordPress ecosystem. Using page builders, you can build sites at a fraction of the time that it took before they arrived. chapter 5 of the migration guide covers content authoring and lists popular page builders that you can use when moving to WordPress. Using a modern theme and page builder is one of the major advantages when migrating from Drupal to WordPress.

Experienced developers who can assist in the migration

Migrating a complex site might be a huge project for someone who’s not intimately familiar with WordPress. Fortunately, you can get help from expert contractors who have the exact experience you need. Chapter 10 of the migration guide lists a number of other resources that you should consider when doing the switch.

Pricing comparison between Drupal development and WordPress development

Finally, the biggest benefit of building sites with WordPress is the overall cost. In Drupal, all code is free, but you pay a premium on development work. In WordPress, you need to buy themes and plugins (code), but development work is much simpler and less costly. Chapter 11 gives a realistic comparison of the costs when using Drupal vs. WordPress.


We tried to make our guide as complete and useful as possible. If you’re missing something or if you have suggestions for improvements, please leave your comments. Your feedback helps us get better!