Instead of a Drupal 7 exit with a hard end-of-life date in November 2022, the Drupal Community decided yesterday to postpone this date to November 2023. This drastic decision was made mainly because figures show that 54% of Drupal websites currently still have Drupal 7 as their core. A lot of these may no longer be maintained, yet the risk is too great to expose the active Drupal 7 websites to a security risk.
Will Drupal 7 remain supported?
During this support extension, Drupal 7 will continue to receive security updates, with releases published as usual on Drupal.org and available in the update manager. The current end-of-life date is cancelled and extended to at least November 2023. The Drupal Project Lead (Dries Buytaert), the Drupal Security Working Group and the Drupal Association will meet on a regular basis to evaluate the state of Drupal 7 based on a number of criteria yet to be determined.
Watch out! PHP 8 is coming. That will inevitably cause a whole bunch of modules to be unsupported in Drupal 7 if they are not updated as well. That can give a very urgent reason to start your migration to Drupal 9 today. So don't wait too long.
Exclusive D7ES service from Dropsolid
Dropsolid was one of the first European partners with the ability to offer extended support for Drupal 7. With the recent announcement, this offer expires to our customers. As Drupal experts we do want to point out the risks of Drupal 7. We still stand by our position that switching to a newer version of Drupal is the best solution in the short term.
PHP 8 is coming and PHP 7.4 will no longer be supported at the end of 2022. So if your partner or your own development team has written Drupal code themselves, you should invest in this as well. At that point you will choose the option where you'll get the most ROI, and then Dropsolid believes that switching to Drupal 9 is a smarter investment.
If you still stay on Drupal 7, then by the end of November 2022 your website will no longer meet the necessary security requirements. At least if you don't make a solid investment in PHP 8. If you update everything, you can postpone this until November 2023. The future after that is very uncertain.
4 reasons for switching to a newer version of Drupal in the short term