I have a pretty basic question for you that I know has been answered in some ways but I would really appreciate it if you might offer some suggestions or an opinion on my particular situation.
Our site is tcia.org and I very recently began working as the web master/coordinator for the site. My background leans much more to being a web designer although my background is fairly wide in regards to sites. I have had some exposure to Drupal 6 and I've been trying to catch up and learn more.
Our immediate concern is that the site is Drupal 6 (a few thousand pages and many added modules) and the current PHP version is 5.3 and we need to upgrade to 5.5 or 5.6 Nothing special in this, I know, and I've read as much as I could in regard to what we might expect.
Our deadline is summer. We are also in the process of evaluating the site in IMIS 20/RiSE in terms of a CMS and dispensing with Drupal.
So we have some options ...
It seems as though the problem with making the current site compatible with a newer php version would mean going through each module and refactoring them, which seems like quite a task and might be asking for more problems as that will introduce new bugs/errors/issues. And probably way beyond me.
Or it might be worth it to move the server instance to a VPS and keep things as-is until a new site is built. Our host offers that service over the maintained hosted instance that we have now.
Or move to Drupal 8 but that is not necessarily what we want to do.
Just wondering … do you think that running a test PHP upgrade to 5.5 or 5.6 to get a sense of just how many errors/issues arise makes sense? Or more trouble to see what it’s worth and a known entity that it is going to throw many errors? Move to VPS?
So I'd just wondering if I could just get some input of what might be a plan for us? And also if there are Drupal people there who might be interested in helping with the PHP upgrade.
Thank you all very much.