Drupal's security team announced that the Drupal 7 EOL date has now been extended until November 2023. 'But how will that affect me', we hear you ask?Drupal 7 was released more than a decade ago now, and many sites rely on it today. That’s why the end-of-life date has been extended for another year.
This extension will have a huge impact on those struggling to make the move before November 2022, so their site can still be supported. And we’re here to help those still on Drupal 7 to understand what it means to stay on the current version any longer.
Why do I need to keep my site up to date?
Keeping your site and software up to date in general is essential to maintaining your online presence. Not only does this mean you can reap all the benefits of each small upgrade, such as functionality and user friendliness, it also means you are keeping the security of your site in top condition.
Any deprecated code in your Drupal 7 site also will not work in Drupal 9. This is when “out-of-date” code has been replaced with new code. This therefore needs to be updated too before making the move.
Drupal sites not only rely on their own version upgrades, but also relies on its programming language, PHP, to be kept up to date too. The delaying of Drupal 7 end-of-life will unfortunately not stop the end-of-life of PHP 7, which is happening in November 2022.
Not all Drupal 7 is compatible with PHP 8, the newest version. This is all a balancing act! If you decide to fully upgrade from an earlier version of PHP to PHP 8 without considering the version of Drupal you’re on, that could also break your site.
But not to fear – this is the key reason both should be kept up to date in regular small upgrades to avoid these kinds of pitfalls. With a development team on your side, these problems should all be kept at bay. That’s us!
What are the differences between Drupal 7 and 9?
You’ll notice a whole heap of extra functionality and benefits, for both your internal team and your external users. Here are some of our favourites:
- Improved responsive design functionality
- Better multilingual capabilities
- Easier content editing and even a spell checker tool!
- Improved accessibility
Want to find out more about Drupal 9? We’ve put together some FAQs for you to peruse at your leisure.