The end-of-life of Drupal 7 and Drupal 8

The latest news about Drupal 7, Drupal 8 and Drupal 9

Software systems only last for a certain amount of time and have an end-of-life date. The end-of-life means that according to the manufacturer a product has reached the end of its life cycle and the product is then no longer sold or promoted. This moment has arrived for Drupal 7 and also for Drupal 8. Drupal has announced the end-of-life date of Drupal 7 and Drupal 8. When this date is? And what this means for you as Drupal 7 of Drupal 8 user? You can read it here.


Let’s just have it over with. The end-of-life date of Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 is November 2021. So, Drupal stops with the two current systems and this is very special, because normally the end-of-life of one system is announced so that the current users can switch to the newer version, but Drupal chose to stop with the two current versions while Drupal 9 is not yet available. Then you might wonder: “why do Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 have the same end-of-life date?” Drupal has a very good answer to this. Dries Buytaert, the founder of Drupal, says that this has to do with two things. He says: “Because a large number of sites might still be using Drupal 7 by 2020, we have decided to extend support of Drupal 7 until November 2021. Drupal 7 will receive community support for three whole more years.”

But why isn’t the lifespan of Drupal 8 longer then Drupal 7? Here too Dries has a good answer: “Our biggest dependency in Drupal 8 is Symfony 3, and according to Symfony’s roadmap, Symfony 3 has an end-of-life date in November 2021. This means that after November 2021, security bugs in Symfony 3 will not get fixed. To keep your Drupal sites secure, Drupal must adopt Symfony 4 or Symfony 5 before Symfony 3 goes end-of-life. A major Symfony upgrade will require us to release Drupal 9. This means we have to end-of-life Drupal 8 no later than November 2021.”

Drupal 9

From this, you have already noticed that Drupal 9 is coming! The release of Drupal 9 is now scheduled for 2020, but the exact date is not known yet. Of course, this must happen before November 2021.

Migrate to Drupal 8?

As you now know Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 have the same end-of-life date, the question is: do you still need to migrate to Drupal 8? It’s normal to ask this question, but the answer is: “yes.” There are numerous points to take into consideration. The life expectancy of the site is one of them. If your Drupal 7 site has a life expectancy no longer than November 2021 then that is your answer, you are fine! If your site will live longer than November 2021 you can still upgrade to Drupal 8 and not be outdated when November 2021 arrives. The plans for releases like Drupal 9 are that the major releases will also be considered an update. And the migration between Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 isn’t an update but an upgrade. Drupal lets us know: “I am sure that a lot of Drupal 7 sites owners are thinking the following questions: should I migrate to Drupal 8 or should I wait for Drupal 9? should I migrate, or should I just start a new website? The previous approach of Drupal meant that for each major release to the next there were big changes made. But that had the downside of having to spend a lot of time in migrations from older versions to newer ones. The new approach for Drupal is that it is getting easier and easier since Drupal 8 to jump to next versions. These already can answer the question of “should I wait for Drupal 9 to upgrade?”, the answer can be “no”. If there is a way to migrate currently to Drupal 8 this would be the time. It is getting more stable every release. Therefore, the investment of migrating to Drupal 8 now will pay off since it will be painless and with less effort to upgrade to Drupal 9 from there.” How you can migrate from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8? Our experts can tell you! They can answer all your questions just call: 010 466 8638 or contact us here.

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