by Elliot Christenson on February 3, 2021 - 11:55pm

One more year? Sure. Why not!?

When we originally announced that we'd be providing Drupal 6 Long-Term Support, we committed to supporting our customers until at least February 2017.

We've made pretty regular announcements in the past extending things far beyond that original end-date.

Today, we're announcing that we'll be extending our Drupal 6 Long-Term Support (D6LTS) until at least February 2023!

Why February 24th, 2023?

Well, we've been using the February 24th date, because Drupal 6 orginally reached it's End-of-Life on February 24th, 2016, and we've been taking it one year at a time.

Drupal 7's End-of-Life will be in November 2021. We know that D7ES will have a long life ahead of it as there are still hundreds of thousands of important sites running it. Similarly, we see no reason to stop our Drupal 6 support any time soon.

There's still TONS to do Drupal 6

While it can be a little hard to predict the challenges that Drupal 6 site owners will face in the future, don't worry. If the past is any indicator, I'm sure there will be plenty to do!

What are your plans for Drupal 7?

Recently, things have been coming into focus for Drupal 7's End-of-Life and the Drupal 7 Extended Support (D7ES) program.

We still don't know the full details of our offering, but we can say this:

  • It will be very similar to our D6LTS offer
  • We'll be providing Drupal 7 support until at least November 2025.

More details will come as we get closer to Drupal 7's End-of-Life!

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!

In the first half of 2022, 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, 2023!

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Drupal 7 EOL was extended + 1 year - :-)

Thanks for the clarity. I run a community news site built in D6 at the end of 2009. There's never been a hugely pressing reason to rebuild it, and the churn in development models and module availability led us to keep putting it off - as did hearing of D9's EOL:

Now we can look to a D10 / CKE 5.x rebuild in 2023, rather than upgrading piecemeal to D8->D9, porting blocks and modules to an already slightly-outdated model (and then having to do *another* upgrade by November 2023).

D10+ / Sym 6.x / PHP 8.x could be relatively easy until the end of 2027:
And now PHP 8.0 has been released, we can start building a future environment to support that stack today.