Businesses relying on Drupal development services should start making upgrades to their website. Drupal has announced that Drupal 6 will be end-of-life (EOL) on February 24, 2016. This means that all Drupal websites using Drupal 6 will no longer receive support.
How will this affect your business website?
What Drupal 6 EOL Means for You
Several prominent changes will occur when Drupal 6 reaches EOL status in February.
- Security advisories will no longer be issued for Drupal 6 websites.
- The Drupal community will no longer create new projects or fix bugs in existing projects.
- No further documentation will be written for Drupal 6.
- Any core commits created on Drupal 6.x won’t be added to the official tree.
- Any releases on a Drupal 6 website will be flagged as being not supported.
How do I know if I need a Drupal Upgrade?
You can determine what version of the Drupal software your website uses by checking the system info mod here.
If you are the website administrator you can also access the logs for your webpage. These can be found in the “Administer” menu. Select “Logs” then “Status Report” to see your website’s data.
If you have trouble understanding this information or have further questions about the status of your webpage, contact your Drupal development company to get a more comprehensive breakdown.
What do I do if I have a Drupal 6 Website?
Drupal 6 websites will remain live after February 24 but they will be more vulnerable to malware. Some software programs may no longer be supported past this deadline. These risks will become progressively more severe with time.
The best option for avoiding these issues is to work with a Drupal development company to upgrade to a newer version of Drupal before the February 24 deadline. Those unable to upgrade Drupal may be able to pay for an extension of Drupal 6 support. This will only be available to vendors. Drupal will announce further details of this plan in early January.
Should I get the Drupal 7 Upgrade?
Drupal 6 support is being eliminated due to the launch of Drupal 8. Websites making upgrades will have the choice of upgrading to Drupal 7 or Drupal 8 as needed.
The complexity of your website and which modules you use will determine which version of Drupal is the best choice. Schedule a meeting with Drupal developers in Lansing to discuss your options to determine which upgrade would be the most effective. A full set of requirements for upgrading your website to Drupal 7 or 8 is available here.
Those using Drupal 7 or planning to upgrade should note that this platform will go EOL when Drupal 9 is released. A Drupal development company can help you plan a smooth transition when the launch is announced.
How do I Update to Drupal 7 or Drupal 8?
The Migrate feature in Drupal can be used to update from Drupal 6. Once Drupal 8 is launched, this tool can be used to upgrade Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 or 8 as desired. The Drush tool can be used for selective migration. This must be run from a command line and will require an additional module to complete.
One of the top benefits of Drupal supported webpages is increased security. In order to take advantage of this, keep your website up to date. Those who need assistance making upgrades from Drupal 6 should start consulting with a Drupal development company to ensure all upgrades can be managed in conjunction with the February 24 EOL deadline.