This year, we’ve all had to adjust our plans as the world was rocked by the unexpected hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic. At Acquia, we’ve done our best to ease the burden and worked to provide extra support and services for businesses who depend on their digital properties more than ever. Drupal 7’s original end of life from the Drupal community was scheduled for November 2021. However, now that organizations have had their budgets and resources impacted by COVID-19, the Drupal Project has made the decision to extend this end-of-life date until November 28, 2022. Acquia recognizes the effect the pandemic has had on our customers’ plans and wants to offer further long-term support and resources for those who may need additional time to complete their migrations off of Drupal 7. Acquia is proud to announce that we have partnered with the Drupal Association and the Drupal Security Team as a member of the Drupal 7 Vendor Extended Support program. As a partner in this program, Acquia will extend our commercial support for Drupal 7 until 2025.
We recognize that a significant portion of Drupal websites still run on Drupal 7. Over 66% of Drupal sites, more than 400,000 websites, are currently still running on Drupal 7, while 24% of Drupal sites are running on Drupal 8. Noting this discrepancy, as well as the fact that an upgrade between Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 is significantly simpler than from 7 to 9, the end-of-life for Drupal 8 will still occur on November 2, 2021 with no further support from commercial vendors.
Even with this extra year to prepare for the eventual migration to Drupal 9, Acquia has made significant investments in making sure our customers will have the smoothest possible migration. Acquia’s Drupal 9 Deprecation Status tool helps companies plan their code migration by automatically checking their entire codebase to detect deprecated code that is incompatible with Drupal 9. Acquia is also developing Acquia Migrate: Accelerate, designed to help companies execute their Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 migrations faster and at a lower cost. Acquia Migrate: Accelerate will automate aspects of the conversion, including generating a Drupal 9 site based on your Drupal 7 site's data and functionality, offer insights into validation and migration errors, and provide a dashboard with a progress overview of their sites’ data migration status.
So whether you’re ready to migrate to Drupal 9 or still need more time to prep your Drupal 7 sites for the update, Acquia has your back. More information about Acquia’s Extended Support Program for Drupal 7 will be available soon in our Support Users Guide documentation.