Drupal 7 End of Life extended
As a member of the Drupal Community, you would’ve been aware that the support for Drupal 7, now 10 years old, was coming to an end in November 2022. Understandably, this has caused a bit of concern across the Drupal community and in particular in the University of Edinburgh as there are still many sites on Drupal 7.
The reason for such a large number of Drupal 7 websites is down to the tricky migration path to the latest version, Drupal 9. This isn’t a straight upgrade as you will need to build your new Drupal 9 site first and use the migrate module to pull content onto the your new website. Due to version compatibility issues, there will also be a need to replace old modules and upgrade your infrastructure / hosting to PHP 7.
Thankfully, the Drupal Project Lead (Dries Buyaert), the Drupal Association and the Drupal Security working team have been monitoring the Drupal Eco System. They can see that the majority of Drupal websites are still on Drupal and have therefore extended the end of life support for Drupal to 1st November 2023. They are aware that site owners will be preparing to upgrade and this gives them a bit more time to plan the move to Drupal 9.
Even more so, this helps with the development road map for the new Web Publishing Platform (WPP). As the Technical Lead for the WPP, this gives our team more time to prepare to migrate Drupal 7 sites into the platform.
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