The following FAQs relate to dates and deadlines for upgrading your GovCMS site to Drupal 9.
1. When is Drupal 7 end-of-life?
Drupal 7 will be end-of-life on 28 November 2022. Official support for Drupal 7 will end on this date.
2. When is Drupal 8 end-of-life?
Drupal 8 will be end-of-life on 2 November 2021. Official support for Drupal 8 will end on this date.
3. Why does D8 end before D7?
Drupal 9 is backward compatible with Drupal 8. This makes the upgrade path relatively easy.
Drupal 9 is not backward compatible with Drupal 7. This makes the upgrade path more complex and essentially requires a rebuild and migration.
This places a burden on many organisations on Drupal 7, especially not-for-profits, to find budget and time to execute a rebuild and migration project. The Covid-19 pandemic has made this even harder. This is why the Drupal Association, and by extension the security team, have shown grace and offered to ensure Drupal 7 security is maintained for an extra year.
4. When should you upgrade?
GovCMS states that all Drupal 8 sites should aim to switch to Drupal 9 by the end of August 2021. All Drupal 7 sites should aim to switch to Drupal 9 by the end of August 2022.
GovCMS has provided its official roadmap and required upgrade deadlines at Drupal 9 roadmap.
5. When will GovCMS D9 be ready?
During this time a security assessment will be completed. Sites will not be able to launch until the security assessment is complete. Agencies can start their development with this pre-release version. Any updates made by GovCMS to the official distribution release will need to be retrofitted to your site build before go-live.
The security-accredited GovCMS D9 distribution will be released between April and July 2021. All Drupal 8 sites should aim to switch to Drupal 9 by the end of August 2021.