Drupal 7 is one of the most popular version releases for Drupal. It is also the most stable version and offers a wide variety of themes and modules. It was released on January 5, 2011. It is now seven years old, and you might be wondering for how long the Drupal 7 will be supported? If you do, we got it covered as we look it into the future of Drupal 7 and what you should expect from it in the coming days.

Two versions at a time

Drupal loves supporting its old version. This is evident from the fact they support two major product at any given time. Right now, there are two versions of Drupal that are officially supported. They are the Drupal 7 and Drupal 8. However, does that mean that the official support for Drupal 7 will end when Drupal 9 is released?
The answer is surprising, “no.”

How long will Drupal 7 will be supported?

Dries Buytaert, an open source developer, in his blog post, explains why the official support for Drupal 7 will extend by one year. It was initially thought that Drupal 7 support would end on November 2020.
That’s not all, Drupal is also getting Drupal 7 Long-Term Support(D7LTS), just like how Drupal 6 got it. So, what does that mean? This means that after the end of official support for November 2021, different vendors can continue to provide support to Drupal 7 including providing security updates and managing/upgrading popular modules. The Drupal team has not released much information regarding the how the long-term support will pan out, but it will be similar to D6LTS program. It should be ready by mid-2019.

Community Role

The Drupal community always plays a crucial role in the platform success. It is no surprise that the community support will be there even after the official support ends in November 2021.
As there are tons of websites still using Drupal 7, the community support will be there for a long time. It will receive three more years of community support.

Conclusion

Drupal 7 is here to stay. If you are using Drupal 7, there is nothing to worry. The official support ends three years from now. Moreover, it will also receive the D7LTS which will make it easy for the Drupal seven users. As a user, you can stay with Drupal 7 with a long time to come. You can keep updating your PHP version.
Once the long-term support is gone, you can then opt for a vendor who will provide you with the unofficial backing. There are many good vendors out there that will enable you to stay up with Drupal 7 without any issues. Otherwise, you can migrate to the latest Drupal 9 version, considering it will come with new features and bug fixes.
So, what are you planning to do? Comment below and let us know. We are listening!

 


About the Author

Abhishek is a Drupal Architect having 12 years of experience in designing, development and implementation of various internet/web and client/server application. He is an expert in open source technologies like PHP, LINUX, MYSQL, APACHE and frontend technologies like HTML, jQuery, AngularJs, XML, CSS, JavaScript, Databases including PhpMyAdmin.
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