Written by Mark McKeever / 24th Apr 2023
As Umbraco 7 reaches its end of life (EOL) this Autumn, it's crucial to plan your migration to a newer version such as Umbraco 10 or 11. Appcentric, an experienced Umbraco agency, is here to provide support and consultancy throughout the process. This comprehensive migration plan will help you ensure a smooth transition while maintaining a secure and up-to-date website.

Assess your current website.

  • Review your website's features, functionalities, and content to determine the scope of the migration project.
  • Identify any custom integrations, backend extensions, or specific requirements that might affect the migration process.

Consult with Appcentric's Umbraco experts.

  • Collaborate with Appcentric, an experienced Umbraco agency, to help you determine the best migration path.
  • Evaluate the benefits and features of Umbraco 10 and 11, and choose the version that aligns with your business goals and technical requirements.

Develop a migration plan.

  • Create a comprehensive migration plan that includes timelines, resource allocation, and contingency plans.
  • For websites with minimal customisations, plan for a relatively straightforward migration to Umbraco 11, with a future upgrade path to Umbraco 13 for long-term support until 2026.
  • For websites with custom integrations and backend extensions, anticipate a more complex migration process, which may involve refactoring code to .NET Core and migrate from Angular.JS to Angular2+.

Communicate with stakeholders

  • Inform your team, clients, and partners about the upcoming migration and any potential downtime or changes in website functionality.
  • Establish clear channels of communication for updates and support throughout the migration process.

Execute the migration

  • Follow the migration plan, ensuring that all custom integrations, backend extensions, and other features are migrated and tested.
  • Refactor any necessary code to .NET Core and migrate Angular.JS components to Angular2+.
  • Thoroughly test the new website on the chosen Umbraco version, ensuring that all features and functionalities work as intended.

Launch the upgraded website.

  • Once testing is complete and all issues are resolved, launch the upgraded website on the new Umbraco platform.
  • Monitor the website's performance, security, and compatibility with modern web standards.

Plan for ongoing maintenance and support

  • Work with Appcentric to establish a long-term maintenance and support plan for your upgraded website.
  • Regularly update your website to stay current with the latest Umbraco releases and security patches.
By following this comprehensive migration plan and leveraging Appcentric's support and consultancy, you can ensure a smooth transition from Umbraco 7 to a newer version, allowing you to benefit from improved performance, enhanced security, and ongoing support. Don't wait until the last minute; start planning your migration now to keep your website secure and up-to-date.

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