I am starting a new 8.5 website and using the core media module. I want to know if it is safe to delete the field_image field from the Article content type and replace it with a field with the same name but instead make it a media reference field. I have searched high and low and it is not clear as to if this will cause me issues with future versions of Drupal.

Thanks in advance

  • Hi Chris, it would be both polite and correct to give some kind of feedback. Don't keep just throwing questions without accepting any answers as otherwise you discourage others to keep helping you.
    – AltaGrade
    Commented Apr 4, 2018 at 16:37
  • I decided to leave well enough alone because I cannot get a reliable answer as to what the media devs are thinking in regards to upgrading the straight file image field. So for the time being I will continue with the wait and see game. Commented Apr 11, 2018 at 16:38
  • Good to know about your choices for posterity cases.
    – AltaGrade
    Commented Apr 12, 2018 at 6:55

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Any field could be deleted and re-created per your preferences and it won't cause any problems in the future as Drupal 8 does not require fields of certain machine names to be of certain types only.

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    In general, I'd agree. However, I'd probably add the info, that some contributed modules/themes might sometimes rely on certain field types when providing preprocessing/templates for the default fields/content types added by a plain Drupal installation. Commented Mar 24, 2018 at 0:29

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