Drupal 9 Upgrade

Drupal is evolving and the latest release - Drupal 9 - was officially launched in June 2020. Older version Drupal websites need to be upgraded to address vulnerabilities and update deprecated code. If you’re a large enterprise, we’d be delighted to provide you with a high level site audit to identify potential challenges.

{1.7m} Drupal websites globally
{10%} of the world’s largest websites are Drupal
{2nd } most popular CMS for enterprise
{2001} first version of Drupal launched
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Do I need a Drupal 9 upgrade?

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RELEASE CYCLE

Drupal releases updates to bring new features into its codebase and to remove deprecated or old code. Release cycles are published far in advance and the community will continue to support the most recent two release versions.

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9.0

DRUPAL 7 END OF LIFE

If you’re running on Drupal 7 or 8, support will be phased out from November 2021. Earlier Drupal versions are already unsupported. Beware upgrading from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 or 9 is complex as Drupal 8 included some major new features.

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DRUPAL 8 - 9 UPGRADE

Fortunately, the upgrade path from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 is relatively straightforward. At this stage it is anticipated that Drupal 9 will be supported until late 2023 with a Drupal 10 release taking place in mid 2022.

Why should I upgrade to Drupal 9?

SUPPORT

Older versions of Drupal are not supported. That means security patches and bug updates are discontinued.

Aside from the impact it could have on your organisation if your site is compromised, you may also find that your hosting providers refuse to continue hosting your website.

NEW FEATURES

While Drupal 9 won’t have as many new features as arrived with Drupal 8 (think of the latest release as being the equivalent of a vehicle facelift vs Drupal 8 being an entirely new model), Drupal 8 was jam packed with functionality.

If you’re still sitting on a Drupal 7 site, now is the time to upgrade. And if you’re on version 8, the straightforward upgrade path will future proof you.

CONTENT + UX

The internet - and people’s expectations of how a website should work - evolves constantly.

If you want to provide a great user experience and surface relevant content to your visitors, now is the time to act and ensure that your website is fresh and provides an optimal experience.