Our favorite open source content management platform is getting better - Drupal version 9 is coming June 3, 2020.
Drupal 9 is unique. Unlike previous new major versions, it is not a reinvention of Drupal. What does that actually mean? Think of your website like a train. Previously, moving to new major versions of Drupal meant moving the train to a different track entirely. Beginning with Drupal 9, new versions will just be stations on the same track.
If your site is still running on Drupal 7 or 8, it’s time to talk about your upgrade options. With the new version just around the corner, it's a good time to start planning now.
We choose Drupal for its flexibility and scalability, its power to integrate with other systems, and most importantly, for its enterprise-level security. We’ve trusted Drupal for web development for over a decade. We’ve built some amazing applications in Drupal 8 all of our new Drupal projects have been created using version 8. In the meantime, we’ve continued to support all of our Drupal 7 websites and have continued to add new functionality to these sites.
Last year, Drupal announced that version 7 would become end of life in November 2021, meaning it will no longer be supported. This is critically important for any Drupal 7 sites, as there will no longer be security updates released. This will prevent us from keeping your site secure and protected from exploits.
Now is the time to start planning. Provisio will no longer host or support Drupal 7 sites after November next year. We will also stop adding new functionality to Drupal 7 sites after September 2020, but will continue to fix issues and develop custom code to address existing functionality. In cases where new functionality is required, we will offer alternatives and consult with you about migration.
Based on our experience developing in Drupal 8, we highly recommend migrating your current site to the new Drupal platform. One of the strengths of the new framework is the ease of upgrades. The major change in the Drupal 9 release is some older code will be removed and the core libraries will be updated to the newest versions. Meaning if we begin the migration process to Drupal 8 now, we simply need to use the newer libraries and most current code base to ensure complete compatibility with Drupal 9.
We look forward to connecting with new and existing clients to discuss options and recommendations. It’s our privilege to partner with you, and we are here to ensure that you have the most modern and effective website now and in the future.