We’re a few months into 2021, and the end of life for Drupal 8 is quickly approaching with the Drupal 7 EOL date not far behind. Recently, the Drupal Project decided to extend Drupal 7’s end of life until November 28, 2022 and the end of life for Drupal 8 will still occur on November 2, 2021 with no further support from commercial vendors. (This has to do with aligning with Symfony's EOL, see Drupal documentation for more info.)
With over 60% of current Drupal users still on Drupal 7, many organizations must act quickly to plan their site’s upgrade. Thankfully, there’s no need to panic. Acquia is ready with what you need to make your Drupal 9 upgrade as fast and painless as possible.
As the world’s leading contributor to Drupal, Acquia has fully supported Drupal 9 since its inception, as well as contributing to its ongoing development. We have an entire team of people contributing to both the building of Drupal 9 and the forthcoming Drupal 10. We understand that today a company’s website is their lifeline to staying connected with their audiences, and that our customers can’t afford to pause their digital operations as they wait around for vendors to catch up. With Acquia, you can embrace all the modern enhancements Drupal has to offer today, as we currently provide support for Drupal 7, 8 and all Drupal 9 applications.
Meanwhile, other Drupal hosting platforms are still lagging behind the curve and provide no Drupal 9 support or indication on when that support will come, instead recommending Drupal 7 users migrate to Drupal 8. With less than a year until Drupal 8 is no longer a viable option, this is clearly a band-aid fix. Rather than have users wait to migrate and risk getting stuck on a soon-to-be unsupported platform, Acquia has done all the prep work to make sure everyone can start upgrading right now and complete a successful migration in less time than ever before. If you’re still on Drupal 7 and ready to take the next step, we can take the load off your back with Acquia Migrate Accelerate: the first and only migration tool purpose-built for accelerating Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 migrations.
Acquia Migrate Accelerate: Spend Less Time Planning and More Time Innovating
Previously, a Drupal migration was a significant undertaking that spanned months as teams would need to audit their sites, remove outdated content and code, import new data and upgrade all of their system requirements and port over custom modules and themes. Acquia Migrate Accelerate dramatically reduces the time, effort and expense needed to complete each step of the migration process. Through a combination of pre-built Drupal expertise, automated migration tools and the support of an optimal Drupal environment, Acquia Migrate Accelerate helps organizations migrate Drupal 7 applications to Drupal 9 up to 80% faster than if they took on the migration alone.
The Acquia Cloud Platform is a pre-built cloud environment curated to support any new Drupal 9 application out of the box. The Migrate Accelerate tools will also expedite any migration planning timeline through a Module Recommendation Engine that automatically recommends modules and patches from your Drupal 9 site, based on your existing Drupal 7 site's functionality, to smooth migration paths. Site builders can use the Migration Dashboard to track any errors or code issues throughout the entire process and empower team members to preview their migration efforts before importing content.
Acquia also recognizes that both the release of Drupal 8 and Drupal 9 represented a significant evolution in the Drupal community by making Drupal more accessible to beginners and non-developers who want greater autonomy over how they create digital experiences. With this in mind, Acquia Migrate Accelerate includes an Advanced Migration UI on top of Drupal's powerful Migrate API to lower the barrier of entry for performing content migrations. Rather than manually write custom code to migrate from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9, this tool automates the process.
This web interface allows non-developers to work independently to begin the initial migration steps without relying on dev resources. For developer teams, this feature means spending less time on preparation and maintenance, so they can immediately dive into the upgrade.
Acquia is Unmatched in Drupal Support for the Past, Present and Future
No matter where you are in your Drupal migration process today, Acquia is prepared to support you now and guide you into the future. As a proud member of the Drupal 7 Vendor Extended Support program, we’ve pledged to continue our commercial support for Drupal 7 until 2025. Our steadfast commitment to the Drupal community has never wavered and we continue to invest in Drupal’s development as the number one contributor to the Drupal Project year over year. Looking ahead to Drupal 10, we’re continuing to build our platform with all Drupal best practices in mind and our support team is confident in our ability to support any Drupal application.
Acquia Migrate Accelerate is currently available for all Acquia Cloud Enterprise customers. Acquia Migrate Accelerate is the first and only tool designed to support Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 migrations. So if you’re ready to make the move to Drupal 9, we’ve got your back.
For even more help executing a successful migration to D9, come see my speaking session: “The Final Countdown: D7 and D8 EOL” at DrupalCon North America.