After an extension because of the COVID crisis, support for Drupal 7 will run out on Monday 28th November 2022. Upgrading to Drupal 9 means a full site rebuild – so end-of-life will come around quickly for owners of large or complex sites. Here are the key things you need to know.
In my 13 years as an active part of the Drupal development community, the platform has gone through at least four major versions. Usually, it’s a process of evolution – each version building on and refining the one before.
But when Drupal 7 reaches end of life in November 2022 – eleven years after release – it will be a different matter. The internet is very different today, and the platform’s fundamental architecture is changing in response.
The result is a Drupal that’s more flexible, with better mobile capabilities, and that’s easier to integrate with third-party services and content. But it does mean that sites built in Drupal 7 will need to be rebuilt.