Do I need to migrate to Drupal 8? How long will support for D6 and D7 last?

If your website is based on Drupal 6 or 7 you should be planning a migration to Drupal 8. 
 

Ok, we're using Drupal 6; should we upgrade to D7 or D8?

YES! You should, most likely, upgrade to Drupal 8. However, it may not be a perfect fit; that is, every case is different. We suggest that you contact Simple Information to review the details of your current site. This is a free service. D8 is a radical step forward for Drupal and at the time of writing this blog post, many developers have not yet offered contributed module versions for D8. D8 also has more overhead costs associated with it. 
 

How long will my Drupal 7 site be supported?

At noted from Drupal.org, Drupal 7 EOL (end of life) will happen on November 2021. (from Drupal.org)

 

Here is the official Drupal notice:

Drupal 7 will reach end-of-life in November of 2021 - PSA-2019-02-25
Date: 
2019-February-25
Vulnerability: 
Drupal 7 will reach end-of-life in November of 2021
Description: 
Drupal 7 was first released in January 2011. In November 2021, after over a decade, Drupal 7 will reach end of life (EOL). (More information on why this date was chosen.) Official community support for version 7 will end, along with support provided by the Drupal Association on Drupal.org. This means that automated testing services for Drupal 7 will be shut down, and there will be no more updates provided by the Drupal Security Team.

When this occurs, Drupal 7 will be marked end-of-life in the update manager, which appears in the Drupal administrative interface. Updates, security fixes, and enhancements will no longer be provided by the community, but may be available on a limited basis from select commercial vendors.

If you have a site that is running on Drupal 7, now is the time to start planning the upgrade. Note that the transition from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 will not be the significant effort that the transition from 7 to 8 was. In fact, the first release of Drupal 9 will be identical to the last release of Drupal 8, except with deprecated code removed and dependencies updated to newer versions. (See Plan for Drupal 9 for more information on Drupal 9.)

What this means for your Drupal 7 sites is, as of November 2021:

Drupal 7 will no longer be supported by the community at large. The community at large will no longer create new projects, fix bugs in existing projects, write documentation, etc. around Drupal 7.
There will be no more core commits to Drupal 7.
The Drupal Security Team will no longer provide support or Security Advisories for Drupal 7 core or contributed modules, themes, or other projects. Reports about Drupal 7 vulnerabilities might become public creating 0 day exploits.
All Drupal 7 releases on all project pages will be flagged as not supported. Maintainers can change that flag if they desire to.
On Drupal 7 sites with the update status module, Drupal Core will show up as unsupported.
After November 2021, using Drupal 7 may be flagged as insecure in 3rd party scans as it no longer gets support.
Best practice is to not use unsupported software, it would not be advisable to continue to build new Drupal 7 sites.
Now is the time to start planning your migration to Drupal 8.
If, for any reason, you are unable to migrate to Drupal 8 or 9 by the time version 7 reaches end of life, there will be a select number of organizations that will provide Drupal 7 Vendor Extended Support (D7ES) for their paying clients. This program is the successor to the successful Drupal 6 LTS program. Like that program, it will be an additional paid service, fully operated by these organizations with some help from the Security Team.

The Drupal Association and Drupal Security Team will publish an announcement once we have selected the Drupal 7 Vendor Extended Support partners.

If you would like more information about the Drupal release cycle, consult the official documentation on Drupal.org and contact Simple Information. If you would like more information about the upcoming release of Drupal 9, contact Simple Information.

 

 

 

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