11th November 2019

Ready for Drupal 9?

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When will Drupal 9 be released?

Drupal 9 is due to be released on June 3rd 2020.

What can we expect?

  • Drupal 9 has been described as a “cleaned-up” version of Drupal 8. In fact, a lot of the deprecated Drupal 8 functions have now been removed.
  • Deprecated functions are those that have been superseded, but have remained for backward compatibility. Removing them reduces the size/bloat of the framework.
  • Drupal 9.0 will include exactly the same components as the last Drupal 8 update, meaning no functionality will be lost in the upgrade.
  • Going forward, Drupal 9.1, 9.2 and so on, will also be backward-compatible (as far as 9.0).
  • The key benefit of Drupal 9 over Drupal 8, is that the platform will be supported with security fixes, after November 2021.
  • One of the great features of Drupal 9 is how “comfortable” the upgrade is from Drupal 8.

So, what happens if you’re still working with Drupal 7?

Essentially, you’ve two choices:

1.Remain on Drupal 7, but at the same time, update your PHP version – which can be expensive. If you choose to stay on Drupal 7 after 2021, you can either engage a vendor for a long-term support contract, or migrate to Drupal 9. Again, this could prove to be expensive.

Or

2.Arrange for the migration to Drupal 8 to be completed before 2020, so that it’s easier to update to Drupal 9 when it’s released in June 2020.

If you have a question about Drupal 9, or if you’d like to discuss another project with a member of our team, get in touch with us today.