Drupal 6 End of Life Announcement, Should I upgrade my Drupal Website?

Support for Drupal 6 will end on Feb. 24, 2016

With the official release of Drupal 8 on Nov 19th 2015 coinciding with the birthday of Drupal founder Dries Buytaert, sparkling celebrations across the globe amongst the Drupal community, comes an alarming Drupal 6 End of Life announcement. Now let’s explore the options with Drupal 6 & Drupal 7 website owners who are in a need to embrace the imminent change.

February 24th 2016 — Time left to act (Official Drupal 6 End of Life)

The end of life announcement means that Drupal community will no longer release any official updates for Drupal 6

  • No security updates ( Websites can be compromised and becomes vulnerable to hackers)
  • It will no longer be supported by the community at large (With New version in town the fervour towards contribution will be shifted to Drupal 8)
  • Might have to rely on paid vendors for keeping the website safe & secure

What does Drupal 8 offer?

Drupal 8 with its powerful new suite of tools is focussed on overcoming the inherent complexity of the previous versions, to enable website administrators to work through hassle-free without complex configurations.

  • Improved content editing/authoring experience (Now your site’s content could be managed from your phone)
  • Mobile-first, responsive, HTML5 output (Enhanced User Experience on both desktop & mobile devices, Drupal 8 has mobile responsiveness in its DNA)
  • Ease of multilingual configuration (Easily translate to your website’s content to 110 supported languages)
  • Improved performance (Less modules for faster page loads and reduced server load )

Although, it promises a lot of cool features, apart from major modules, there are a whole lot of contributed modules that still needs to be developed for Drupal 8.

Should Drupal 7 owners worry?

Drupal 7 could be around for another 4 years as per the Official Drupal release cycle,

I have a Drupal 6 website what should I do?

Well! How long you can stay with Drupal 6 beyond its EOL is a question of what your website is? If it’s a simple brochure website with few pages of content manifesting your businesses’ online presence, you do not have to worry about upgrading to Drupal 8. It could be a smoother ride or a little bumpy one without pinching your budget.

If your website is made up of heavily customized modules, say an e-commerce website with lot of functionality achieved with contributed modules and customizations, you will need a careful assessment by a developer to check if you have relevant modules available on Drupal 8. The next planned minor upgrade is planned to happen by April or May, 2016

It is also a trade-off between how interested you are in being an early-adopter vs. the budget availability for the upcoming financial year.

Recommendation

Well! Knowingly or unknowingly new Drupal release has happened in a vacation season, so businesses’ has ample time to sit back relax on your vacation and ruminate over your options to decide upon giving a fresh look to your business with Drupal 7 or Drupal 8.

While deciding to go with Drupal 8, do not hesitate to reach the Drupal geeks who have already started delivering on Drupal 8 and has a readily available professional team.

For a thorough assessment and professional guidance on upgrading your Drupal website, Drupal Geeks can be reached out @ 312–340–7112 or send an email to consult.drupalgeeks@ameexusa.com