by David Snopek on April 25, 2017 - 7:35pm

When we originally announced that we'd be providing Drupal 6 Long-Term Support, we committed to supporting our customers until February 2017. The assumption was that people would be excited about migrating straight to Drupal 8 to get the awesome new features, or ready to upgrade to Drupal 7 so they could have a fully supported site.

We've definitely seen some people retire their Drupal 6 sites - we're probably past our peak of being responsible for 424 sites - but far more people have stayed on Drupal 6 than expected, and so, last year, we already announced that we'd be doing Long-Term Support until February 2018.

While I'm sure there will come a time, when it no longer makes business sense to pour resources into Drupal 6 for the few remaining sites...

It's already clear to us that there's enough demand to extend Long-Term Support again, until February 2019.

That's the short version. ;-) Read on to find out more!

Will you support Drupal 6 forever?

While some of customers would love if we'd support Drupal 6 forever, the answer is "no."

Our service is billed at a relatively low fixed monthly fee, so it depends on a certain amount of scale and overlap between our customers needs in order to be profitable.

This is great for our customers because they pay less than they'd probably pay hourly for individual services just for their site, by "sharing the load" with other customers with similar needs! But it also means that when enough of our customers quit or upgrade to being Drupal 7 or 8 maintenance and support customers, providing Drupal 6 LTS will be a loss for us.

When that happens (and it inevitably will), then we'll have to either (a) charge higher prices to make up the difference or (b) stop providing Drupal 6 LTS.

But don't worry - we'll let you know long in advance of when that is coming!

Around this time next year, we'll be announcing any changes to our Drupal 6 LTS offering, including:

  • Whether or not we'll be extending Drupal 6 support,
  • If there will be any changes to the price or service offered,
  • And if we have any special offers to help upgrade the remaining Drupal 6 sites

But for the time-being, you can expect our Drupal 6 LTS to last until February 24th, 2019!

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