A current project we're working on at Chocolate Lily involves upgrading a Drupal 6 site to use the Drupal 7 Open Outreach distribution. It's the first time we've used a Drupal distribution for an existing Drupal site instead of a new one. Having worked on my share of hairy Drupal upgrade projects, I went into this project with a fair bit of apprehension.
But I've been pleasantly surprised. The basic upgrade process was relatively quick and painless.
As the first few organizations start to try out our Open Outreach distribution, I'm realizing there's a lot to figure out as you build a distribution-based site. Like how much should you customize the site versus taking it as it is? And how do updates and upgrades work? So here are a few pointers. If you have more, please leave comments below.