Handling Configuration Updates

Varbase utilizes Drupal 8's configuration management which made it extremely resilient to manage update paths for configuration changes in Varbase versions.

Change or Update Types

In Varbase, we categorize configuration changes and updates into 4 types:

Update Type



Forced Update

We have a new module that became a dependency, a configuration "fix", or a database table alter.

This is forced and will always be executed through hook_update.

Increasing the "Maximum length" of a field of type "Text"

Enabling a low-risk module that will become a standard in Varbase

Forced Update if Unchanged

Mostly a configuration change. In the hook_update we check if this setting remained the same before we do it so we don't override user's setting.

Changed a checkbox default value.

Optional Update

A nice enhancement that we recommend you to use. We usually communicate this in Release notes.

There's no hook_update for this.

Introduced an updated view with more exposed filters for admins to manage content.

No Update

Only new installs would get this change.

A new theme has been introduced.

Varbase Update Changelog UI

Varbase uses the Update Helper module (a module made by Thunder team) which provides a UI using the Checklist API. This is a good tool as it shows the site admin, developer, or maintainer what new updates are available from inside the site itself.

How to Access Varbase Updates Changelog UI

You can navigate to http://my.varbase-site.local/admin/config/development/update-helper (where my.varbase-site.local is the URL for your website) or go to Administration \ Reports \ Checklists \ Varbase Updates to learn about the new changes and updates introduced in your Varbase site.