by Elliot Christenson on November 12, 2015 - 8:19pm
In case you haven't heard, the Drupal project is discontinuing "official support" for Drupal 6!
Typically, only two major versions of Drupal are supported at once: the latest version, and the previous one. Right now, that means Drupal 7 and 6 are supported.
But when Drupal 8 is released on November 19th, 2015, Drupal 6 will only be officially supported for an additional 3 months (until February 24th, 2016).
Of course, you'll need to update to Drupal 7 or 8 eventually!
But what if 3 months isn't enough time for you to upgrade?
We're happy to announce Long-Term Support (LTS) for Drupal 6, in order to keep your site going long after the end of official support!
Read more to learn what the end of official support means, and the details of our Drupal 6 LTS.
What does the end of "official support" mean?
The "Drupal 6 end-of-life announcement" on Drupal.org outlines what this means to Drupal 6 site owners:
- Drupal 6 will no longer be supported by the community at large. The community will no longer be creating new projects, fixing bugs in existing projects, writing documentation, etc. around Drupal 6.
- There will be no more core commits on Drupal 6.x to the official tree.
- The security team will no longer provide support or Security Advisories for Drupal 6.
- All Drupal 6 releases on project pages will be flagged as not supported.
- At some point in the future update status may stop working for Drupal 6 sites.
What Should You Do?
You have three likely paths to travel:
- Do Nothing.
- Upgrade to Drupal 7 or Drupal 8. Or...
- Buy Drupal 6 Long-Term Support!
1. Do Nothing?
You probably already realize this is a horrible idea. You put your organization and website users at risk due to security issues. You also miss out on innovations that happen as time goes on.
2. Upgrade to Drupal 7 or Drupal 8?
Ultimately, you're going to need to upgrade, so you'll need to have a long-term strategy for that. But it probably won't be fast or cheap! In all likelihood, if you've read this far, you already have some reason that you can't "just upgrade" before February 24th.
And, of course, upgrading to Drupal 8 would be better than Drupal 7, because it'll be supported longer and it's where all the new cool features are being developed. But it's likely that some of the modules you need haven't been ported to Drupal 8 yet (and won't be in 3 months).
3. Buy Drupal 6 Long-Term Support?
If you can't upgrade before February 24th, the ideal thing to do is to make sure that your current Drupal 6 website stays running while you develop your strategy to upgrade. While the community isn't going to provide support anymore, there will be a number of vendors offering long-term support!
This can be a great option if you'd like to upgrade all the way to Drupal 8, but need the extra time to wait for the modules you depend on to be ported.
Announcing Long-Term Support from myDropWizard!
Today, we're announcing that myDropWizard will offer Drupal 6 Long-Term Support, until at least February 24th, 2017. That's a whole extra year to upgrade your site to Drupal 7 or 8!
(Note: We just announced an extension for another year! We'll be offering Drupal 6 Long-Term Support until February 24th, 2018 now.)
Our offer includes:
- Getting your site back online in case of an outage
- Remediation if your site has been hacked
- Fixing bugs that prevent users from performing critical use-cases
- Making security fixes (we have lots of security experience and a Drupal Security Team member on our staff)
- Performing module updates
- Performing basic one-off maintenance and support tasks on request
And we'll be happy to help you to come up with an upgrade strategy!
If you buy Drupal 6 Long-Term Support before the end of the year, you'll get 20% off for the whole first year!