5 Advantages of having CI for Drupal

By Hari Krishna 3 min read

Why We Use DrupalCI for Continuous Integration Testing

Drupal is one of the world’s most flexible content management systems. The level of customization that Drupal allows makes it an excellent choice as a CMS for corporations that require support for complex business processes. With Drupal, you can build a DevOps environment that gives your organization the agility it needs to enhance its offerings and adapt to changes.

One of the biggest challenges in implementing DevOps is the need to automate as much of the testing and integration process as possible. When you’re continuously integrating new code into your website or app, you need a way to ensure that the code is valid and won’t cause a critical error.

When we use Drupal as the basis for custom development projects or in helping our clients implement DevOps, we rely on DrupalCI for code testing. DrupalCI is a testing engine for Drupal that can operate remotely or as a software module on your own in-house server. Read on to learn why DrupalCI is one of the most valuable tools in our development arsenal.

Revision Control

DrupalCI automatically maintains a code repository that stores your revisions. Storing a reliable history of code changes is an important part of maintaining a stable DevOps environment because it allows you to revert to previous code versions when needed.

Build Automation

With one click, you can build a sample Drupal environment with a new database. The sample environment is useful for learning how your code will interact with a live website. You can use DrupalCI to build a sample environment without a database if you don’t need to know how your code would behave with user input.

Automated Deployment

DrupalCI has the ability to automatically merge new code with your production environment after completing the testing process. Since DrupalCI interacts directly with your Drupal environment, it can merge code without requiring you to log in to the administrative interface. DrupalCI can also revert your code to the previous version if the deployment operation fails or you discover an issue in the code later. DrupalCI’s ability to automatically merge or revert code saves the time that your developers would otherwise have spent managing the code manually.

Self-Testing Builds

DrupalCI ensures the security and stability of your website or application by checking your code against the best programming practices. DrupalCI also ensures that you’ve followed proper commenting standards and that you haven’t introduced potential security holes. You can use DrupalCI to test your code with different versions of PHP and MySQL if you like.

Test Result Availability

You can have DrupalCI merge new code with your production site automatically, or you can view its test results first. The test results automatically flag potential code quality or security issues. Use the results to resolve any outstanding issues in your code or to verify that the code is ready for deployment.

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