Drupal 9 is Coming! – Be Prepared by Upgrading from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8

By | Date posted: | Last updated: November 4, 2019

Drupal 9 is targeted to be released in June of 2020. It would have the same feature as the final release of Drupal 8 and it will be a cleaned-up version of Drupal 8. The major benefit of Drupal 9 is the platform will be supported with security fixes after November 2021. The most important thing is upgrading from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 should be easy if you regularly check for and remove the use of deprecated code.

As a Drupal Website owner, you might have questions like should we switch to Drupal 9 straight away or upgrade to Drupal 8 and then move to Drupal 9? This blog will help you to take the best suitable decision for your Drupal based CMS website.

Upgrading from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9

Instead of waiting for Drupal 9, It is highly recommended to migrate from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 as soon as possible.

There are three most important reason why upgrading to Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 is not recommended.

  1. The first reason is, when it comes to Drupal 7 and Drupal 9 functionalities, it is a whole different thing, so it would not be easy and straight forward to migrate to Drupal 7 to Drupal 9.
  2. The second reason is backward compatibility. It is not possible to back to Drupal 7 whereas it is possible with Drupal 8.
  3. Drupal 7 is nearing its end of life. Drupal Community has decided to end the support of Drupal 7 by November 2021.


Upgrading from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 to Drupal 9

Drupal 9 will be the identical version of Drupal 8 final release with some of the third party dependencies updates. Upgrading from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 would be faster, easier, compatible and efficient. Below are some of the key tools used when migrating from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8.

  1. Drupal core provides the migrate module suite to efficiently migrate from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8. This is the best way to prepare your Drupal website for Drupal 9.
  2. The Drupal Module upgrader is a command-line script that scan the Drupal 7 module and flags any code that requires updating to Drupal 8 version.
  3. The Drupal 7 version of the Upgrade Status module summarizes the Drupal 8 availability of the modules currently in use.


Upgrading from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9

Following are some of the helpful tips to prepare your Drupal 8 site for Drupal 9.

  1. Keep your Drupal 8 up-to-date with the last minor release
  2. Keep Drupal 8 module up-to-date
  3. Use the deprecation checking and correction tools to ensure the Drupal 8 code is compatible with Drupal 9.


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