Drupal 9 came out late last year, Drupal 8 reaches its end-of-life in November 2021, and Drupal 7's life will end in November 2022 (the date was extended due to COVID-19 and the large number of active users). With a time frame of just under a year and a half to upgrade from 7 to 9? Is it time to make a plan, or seek other options if that timeline is not feasible. But what other options are there?
Today, we are excited to announce that Dropsolid has joined as one of the exclusive partners that will offer Extended Support for Drupal 7 up until November 2025. This means you get at least 3 extra years of full security coverage. This Extended support program is in collaboration with the Drupal Association and Drupal Security Team, and will give you official support on your Drupal 7 site for a whole extra 3 years. This will give you all the time you need to take the right steps towards a new Digital Experience Platform on Drupal 9 and beyond.
Last year, we encouraged our clients to begin planning their migrations to Drupal 8. Not unsurprisingly, as we will need to say goodbye to our friend, Drupal 7, soon.
Drupal 7 was released on January 5, 2011. Drupal 8 was released on November 19, 2015 and the latest and shiniest release came out a couple days ago with Drupal 9 on June 3, 2020. Drupal 7 is almost 10 years old, and will be almost 12 years old when it comes time to say goodbye in November 2022.
New version or next level?
Moving from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 or 9 could be a great opportunity to upgrade your digital platforms to the next level instead of merely to the next version. Drupal 9 is more than a CMS, it’s a DXP. Turning your website into a personalized digital experience is not something you do overnight. You need to be well prepared, start from a digital strategy with clear goals. Taking time for that preparation now, will pay off later.
Drupal Extended Support can be a solution if you need more time to finish your digital transformation strategy before upgrading.
A smooth upgrade path for every business at its own pace
Some businesses might have other priorities right now or might need more time to prepare the migration to Drupal 8 or 9. This goes for both businesses that have been hit hard by COVID-19 as for businesses that have suddenly decided to accelerate their digital transformation and therefore need more time to draw up a strategic action plan.
At Dropsolid we want to be a reliable partner for all companies using Drupal: big or small, in fast growing industries or in sectors that got hit hard by Corona. We want to provide all businesses with the best possible transition path to Drupal 9, so that business owners can focus on taking the right steps in their digital transformation whenever and however it is strategically the best time for their business.
All customers of Dropsolid using Dropsolid Experience Platform will automatically benefit from highly critical Drupal 7 updates. All other updates require signing up for our Extended Support program.
Want to move your Drupal 7 site to the Dropsolid Experience Cloud and get a bit more time to prepare your next phase?
Get in touch with us!
More information about this program of the Drupal Association can be found at https://www.drupal.org/security-team/d7es