Backdrop CMS as a viable Drupal 7 upgrade path: A case study featuring Stanford University

This session will discuss Backdrop CMS as a viable, secure, and innovative tool in the Drupal family of software solutions. It will demonstrate, using a recent case study of two Stanford University application management platforms ( and, how large scale, complex digital platforms built on Drupal 7 can be successfully upgraded to Backdrop CMS in the right circumstances.

Whether as a stop-gap measure or a longterm solution, Backdrop CMS can ease the transition pressure for organizations struggling with alternative Drupal 7 upgrade paths. The session will discuss some of the key differences between Backdrop CMS, Drupal 7, and Drupal 9+, and will discuss how this Drupal 7 fork can help keep organizations using essentially Drupal software even through the significant obstacles presented by EOL concerns.

With countless websites still using Drupal 7 and many struggling with an ever-closer obligatory upgrade, Backdrop CMS can soften the transition for Drupal users everywhere.

Eric Toupin of Aten Design Group

Eric is a senior developer at Aten Design Group, headquartered in Denver, Colorado. He's been working with Drupal for more than a decade, has built a handful of sites in Backdrop CMS, and recently completed two major Drupal 7 to Backdrop CMS upgrades. He currently lives in Sacatepéquez, Guatemala.

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