Skip to content

Frequently Asked Questions about Drupal 8 and 9 migrations.

Continued upgrades are needed to keep your Drupal website secure and receive new features. However, many businesses hesitate to upgrade to new versions of Drupal due to the complexity of the process. There’s no simple solution, and these projects take careful scoping and planning.

To help you fully understand the process, we’ve compiled answers to the most common questions we see about Drupal migrations.

When are Drupal 7 and 8 end of life?

Both Drupal 7 and 8 were both scheduled for EOL November 2021. However, given the impact of COVID-19 on budgets and businesses, the Drupal team extended EOL for Drupal 7 until November 2022. However, Drupal 8 will still go EOL November 2021. This may sound confusing, but there are reasons why it makes sense. When a version reaches end of life, it will no longer receive security updates or bug fixes unless you purchase a support contract from a third-party vendor.

When does Drupal 9 Release?

Drupal 9 releases June 2020. Drupal 9.0.0 will essentially be the same code as 8.9.0, with upgraded third-party libraries and deprecated legacy code.

What is the migration process from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8?

Drupal 8 has been re-architected to use more third-party PHP libraries like Symfony, so users of Drupal 7 are required to migrate their configuration and content to upgrade to Drupal 8.

The Drupal 8 Migration API makes this piece easy for core modules, which have pre-configured migration plugins. On the other hand, migration support for contributed modules is spotty.

You’ll need to evaluate which modules will be difficult to migrate, and a Drupal migration audit can help determine the best course of action by answering these questions:

  • Does the module have migration support?
  • Would it be beneficial to replace with another module before migration?
  • Could writing a custom plugin streamline the module’s migration?

Learn more about the consequences of waiting too long to migrate from Drupal 7 to 8, and see what Drupal 7 problems will be solved with Drupal 8 and 9.

Is there an upgrade path from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9?

Yes – the migration path from 7 to 9 is the same migration path as from 7 to 8.

If your website is still on Drupal 7, we recommend upgrading to Drupal 8 as soon as possible to facilitate your upgrade to Drupal 9.

What is the Drupal 8 to 9 Upgrade Path?

The strategy for major version releases starting with Drupal 9 will be to upgrade Drupal’s dependencies (e.g. Symfony) and deprecate legacy code, rather than re-architect like what happened between 7 and 8. This will make it easier to upgrade-in-place, rather than migrate between versions.

This is why Drupal 8 will be end of life at the same time as Drupal 7, with no commercial support program planned for Drupal 8.

Ready to get started with your Drupal migration?

Atlantic BT is experienced with custom Drupal development and helping you evaluate your content and modules. As Drupal 9 approaches, we are offering a free preliminary assessment to kickstart your Drupal 8 migration.

capabilities covered
By Platform – Drupal

The Atlantic BT Manifesto

The Ultimate Guide To Planning A Complex Web Project


Atlantic BT's Insights

We’re sharing the latest concepts in tech, design, and software development. Learn more about our findings.

Questions & Answers

What is the best web development framework?
Many people commonly ask “what is a framework in web development?” Web development frameworks can easily be confused with web development tools, languages, or parts of the web development stack (like PHP, Ruby, or Javascript).
Learn More about What is the best web development framework?
What is the best programming language for web development?
If there was one “best” programming language, then everything else would be obsolete. The reality is that there are so many different programming languages because there is no “best” language for any situation.
Learn More about What is the best programming language for web development?
How much does web development cost?
Web development can vary from a few hundred to millions of dollars depending on what is needed. You may simply need some changes to something that already exists, or you'd like to build a large or complex application.
Learn More about How much does web development cost?
What is web design and development?
People often lump web design and development together, so what's the difference? As the Internet has evolved, the skills required to produce a high quality website or web application have changed.
Learn More about What is web design and development?
What is React web development?
React is a popular JavaScript library. It is primarily used for building interactive user interfaces (UI).
Learn More about What is React web development?
What is PHP web development?
PHP is a back end language primarily used for custom applications, content management systems (such as Wordpress), eCommerce engines (such as Magento), or even massive sites like Facebook.
Learn More about What is PHP web development?
What is bootstrap in web development?
Bootstrap is a framework used in front-end development to save time, specifically for mobile-first development. It combines CSS and Javascript templates and libraries to speed up the development process.
Learn More about What is bootstrap in web development?