Upgrading from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7

15 July 2014

Brisbane: As per Dries Buytaert, the creator of Drupal, Drupal community has a strategy that confines the community form widening support to older versions. Only the existing version and its direct precursor would get support from the community. With the community working full fledged to release Drupal 8, the support to Drupal 6 will be stopped. However seeing the present scenario, where over 200K Drupal sites are running, the community might somewhat be supple in its plan. However, the conclusion is not to support Drupal 6, but to aid Drupal 6 users to shift to Drupal 8.

It seems that that Drupal 6 core and modules will not be backed 3 months after the release of Drupal 8. With the aim of protecting the interests of more than Drupal 6 users, Dries Buytaert has 3 options to reflect on.

  • First choice is upgrading to Drupal 7 without delay
  • Second one is boosting to Drupal 8, within three months of release
  • Third one is getting a Drupal developer who is able to broaden the support after the community stops its support for Drupal 6

Dries Buytaert also specifies that there already exists a Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 migration path in core, which can be employed for testing. He is also certain that if the Drupal Security Team would associate with organizations that keep on extending support to Drupal 6 if the issues also influence version 7 or 8 of Drupal.

However, skilled Drupal developers believe that businesses must not be in a rush to initiate the bandwagon of Drupal 8. Well, if the Drupal community stops its support to version 6, again businesses employing Drupal 6 would be problem. The best thing for Drupal 6 users to benefit from a honky-dory business until Drupal 8 soothes is switching to Drupal 7. As Drupal 7 would keep on enjoying support from the community even after the release of Drupal 8, it would be appropriate to switch to Drupal 7 as of now.

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