Drupal 7 End of Life Is Extended to Give Businesses More Time to Shift

The end of Drupal 7 is coming. Normally when a Drupal’s new major release occurs, the community continues to support previous versions that are no more than two versions older than the newest one. This was the case with Drupal 6 when version 8 came out. Now when Drupal 10 is on the way, how long will Drupal 7 be supported?  Well, it’s hard to tell since the end of the support period has been moved several times. At first, it was scheduled for the second half of 2021, but on June 24, 2020, the Drupal Community announced a customer support extension for yet another year—until the end of November 2022. And at the beginning of 2022, the latest Drupal 7 end-of-life date was once again moved to November 1, 2023. As a Drupal development company that values our customers, AnyforSoft wants to make sure that you receive the latest information regarding the end of life Drupal 7 might face in 2023. In this article, we will discuss it in detail and provide you with answers to the following questions: Why is Drupal 7 end of life extended even though this version was released more than 11 years ago? How do the new updates impact those who are still on Drupal 7? What should the owners of Drupal 7 sites do? And what are the main advantages of the latest Drupal version? Read further to learn more!  What Is the Reason Behind Drupal 7 EOL Shift? If you are one of 500,000 Drupal users who are still running websites built with Drupal 7, you're probably wondering why Drupal 7 end of life was extended. According to the official report, the community continues to support Drupal 7 due to the devastating impact of COVID-19 on companies' budgets.  The thing is, the community received many complaints regarding the first end-of-life Drupal 7 was facing. Various economic issues along with lockdowns all over the world became an insurmountable obstacle to the formation of many businesses' budgets at the time. Just imagine: the owners of large global websites needed up to 3 million US dollars to entirely migrate from the current Drupal version to the newest one. Many couldn’t afford to invest that much. If the company had ignored them and stopped offering community support for the 7th version of Drupal in 2021, lots of people would be highly disappointed. Luckily, the Drupal community had the decency to extend the support. As a result, website owners that use Drupal 7 now have some extra time to put things in order, grow the budget, and migrate to the updated platform the way it’s supposed to be done—without fuss and panic. Haven't migrated your site to Drupal 8/9 yet? Read more about the new features and benefits of Drupal 9. What Does the End of Drupal 7 Support Mean for Businesses? Now let’s talk about how the Drupal 7 end of life 2023 is preparing for us might affect businesses that still rely on the older version of CMS. In fact, if you don’t have time or budget for the upgrade process, you can still use the 7th version of the content management system. Your site will be functioning fine, but you will soon stop receiving bug fixes as well as feature updates to modules and Drupal 7 core. In addition to that, by refusing to migrate to the latest Drupal version, you will face various issues: Slowdowns. If you are working with Drupal 7 for a long time, you've probably noticed that the development of new modules and updating the existing ones get much slower over time. That’s because the company devotes more time to security issues and optimizing modules for Drupal 10. Security vulnerability due to lack of official security updates. Even in case of urgent threats to the platform’s security, they will not be addressed and fixed by the Drupal community specialists after the Drupal end of life (7th version). So if you care about website security, consider updating from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 or 10 as soon as possible. Support issues. Drupal 7’s release happened quite a long time ago—in January 2011. Are you wondering why Drupal 7 is still supported? Actually, it is the most popular and therefore long-supported version in the two-decade history of the CMS. Even years after Drupal 8 was released, many users have remained loyal to the outdated version. As a result, today you can find an incredible amount of useful practical materials on Drupal 7 on the internet. Yet, you are unlikely to get fully official Drupal 7 support in the future.
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