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Drupal 8 to Drupal 9. What’s in store?

Upgrading from Drupal 7 or 8 to Drupal 9. What’s in store?

Drupal 9 was released on 3 June 2020. So what’s in store for those migrating from Drupal 7 or 8? Will it have as many head scratching moments as the move from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 you may be asking? By the looks of things it will be much easier. Good reason to be thinking of how you plan that transition now.

Get ready to upgrade to Drupal 9

One thing the global lockdown hasn’t affected is the release of Drupal 9, the next generation version of one of the world’s most popular content management systems. The upgrade was formally released in June 2020. So what does this mean for you if your website is currently built on Drupal 7 or 8? In the short to medium term, of course, no immediate panic – your site will continue to work as well as it does now – in fact Drupal have said they will support Drupal 7 until 2022 and Drupal 8 until November 2021. But of course the closer you edge towards these dates, the higher the risk becomes you could meet with capacity issues. It’s best to jump early, and have a plan in place. Upgrading to Drupal 9 means your site remains fully supported with security reassuringly up to date.

Early indications are that the upgrade from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 will be much easier than Drupal 7 to Drupal 8. (Collective sigh of relief from developers the world over!). What that means is that if you have a medium to large scale site there’s nothing to be afraid of in terms of getting stuck into changing over to Drupal 9.

Starting early also has its advantages, it gives you the freedom and flexibility to try out some of Drupal 9’s new features.