I've agreed to help migrate a Drupal 7 site to a new domain/host, and the owner wants it updated. Since Drupal 9 is current, I figured I'd do that. I have no previous experience with Drupal.

I have access to the old site's files in two folders:

  1. oldsite.zip - contains index.html, hts-cache/, and a few pictures
  2. oldsite.tar.gz - contains a number of directories including vendor/, scripts/, patches/, and others

I found one or two resources on upgrading from Drupal 7/8 to 8/9, but I'd like to know if I need to install the old site on the new domain/host first, and how I can do that from the two files above, OR if I have to create a new Drupal 9 site and import the content from the two files above.

Alternately, could I install the old site locally with Acquia, upgrade it, then move it to the new remote host/domain?


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    Jun 23 at 19:05


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