Backdrop LIVE is based upon an unconference model. Anyone can declare a topic up through the day of the event and the schedule is subject to change at any time. What would you like to talk about?

This presentation will discuss the Drupal 7 to Backdrop CMS upgrade process for two Stanford University web applications: Stanford On & Off-Campus Learning opportunities ( and Stanford Seed Funding ( The presentation will cover the decision making process that led the product and developer teams to choose a Backdrop CMS upgrade over rebuild options, and will broadly outline the process for estimating and performing the ~550 hour upgrade.

The case study will showcase the success of a Backdrop CMS upgrade for highly complex Drupal 7 web applications, and will aim to provide a starting point and loose methodology for product and technical teams considering similar projects.

It is our hope that the ongoing success of Stanford University's two Backdrop CMS platforms and a brief outline of the process that led to these upgrades will help other teams tackle similar projects with confidence — and realize similar benefits as opposed to far more expensive and involved platform rebuild options.

Intended Audience: 
All skill levels
Website Architects (no code)
Developers (yes code)