Drupal migrations that keep your platforms up to date

Keep your website secure, updated, and high-performing with the latest version of Drupal.

Drupal 7, Drupal 8 or Drupal 9?

From 7 to 9

Drupal 7 (D7) is moving towards end of life. On 28 November 2022, Drupal will stop its support of D7. What does this mean? Your website will no longer be secure, there will be no more updates, and you run the risk of security breaches with far-reaching consequences. 

From 8 to 9  

Drupal 8 (D8) also has an end-of-life date on the horizon: 2 November 2021. That’s when the support of the underlying Symfony platform ends, increasing risk for your platform.

Preparation is the key to success 

Since the transition from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 requires less than a Drupal 7 migration, there is no need to panic. However, you should consider all your options and draw up a migration plan. The switch also gives you the chance to take your platforms to the next level, not just complete a simple version upgrade. Drupal 9 is much more than a CMS: it’s a true Digital Experience Platform (DXP).

Exclusive Drupal 7 Long-Term Support

Dropsolid is one of the exclusive worldwide partners offering prolonged and extended support for Drupal 7 – until November 2025. This means an additional three years of full security support. Sufficient time for your organization to take measures for your transition to Drupal 9.

Do you need more time to prepare your migration? Enjoy our exclusive long-term support for your Drupal 7 website.
 

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The consequences of an outdated platform

Is a website upgrade really necessary? The short answer: yes. An up-to-date platform means a secure platform – an absolute must-have. But there is good news: things are moving in a positive direction. While the work involved in a D7 migration is relatively substantial, a D8 migration is significantly easier. For the launch of D8, faster, smaller updates were implemented, making future upgrades easier. This, in turn, enables you to use new features from later versions more quickly.

When to take action?

As soon as possible. The right preparation helps you on your way. Choose the option that fits your organization best:

  • Migrating your existing website before the official end-of-life date in 2022.
  • Building a fresh platform in Drupal 9.
  • Deliberate preparation of your migration, using our Drupal 7 long-term support until 2025.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I choose to keep using Drupal 7?

You can – your website will keep working. Just bear in mind that your website will no longer comply with the latest security requirements, and that Drupal will no longer support your current version. If you opt for our Drupal 7 long-term support, your D7 website will remain secure until 2025. 

Can I migrate from D7 to D9 without moving to D8 first?

This is absolutely possible. We do suggest taking the opportunity to reconsider your website. Drupal 9 offers a whole new set of ways to maintain your website more efficiently. Example? Layout Builder. 

Today’s technology is moving very fast. Avoid legacy technology issues for your new website and elect to migrate relevant content to your new website.

How about external components, like PHP and Symfony?

PHP and Symfony keep evolving. It’s up to Drupal to stay compatible with version updates that support these underlying technologies. Just like Drupal, PHP and Symfony have their own security support periods.

Will my existing Drupal 7 or Drupal 8 website keep working if I don’t update?

Yes, your website will remain online. But you will no longer be able to enjoy the required security updates, which might impact your website.

What does Drupal 7 long-term support entail?

We started the so-called extended support program together with the Drupal Association and the Drupal Security Team. It provides official support of your Drupal 7 website, for an additional period of three years, on top of the standard D7 support period.

This gives your organization plenty of time to take additional measures for a transition to a fully-fledged Digital Experience Platform in Drupal 9.

Does Drupal 8 long-term support exist?

There is no extended support for Drupal 8, because D8 is easy to update to D9 – unlike migrations of previous Drupal versions. Drupal 8 relies on small, fast and incremental updates, making the transition to a later version easier.
 

Can I use custom Drupal 7 modules in Drupal 9?

Unfortunately, this is not possible. The underlying Drupal features have evolved and code needs to be ported to be compatible with later versions. This is a good opportunity to check the functionality of your custom D7 code and verify whether the required features are available through contributed modules for Drupal 9.

When should I expect a new major Drupal update?

You can find all the latest info about Drupal on this page at Drupal.org. The end-of-life date for Drupal 9 is planned for November 2023, coinciding with the end-of-life date of the underlying Symfony framework.

D7 LTS, D7 ES, Long-Term Support, Extended Support?

Getting lost in the terminology? Don’t worry! The above terms all mean the same thing: Drupal 7 Long-term Support. In other words: we make sure your website is supported until November 2025. 
 

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