by David Snopek on July 19, 2016 - 10:18am

When we announced Drupal 6 Long-Term Support (LTS) back in November, we promised support until February 24th, 2017 (one year after official support ended).

What we've been telling people is, "We promise one year of support, but we'll watch how the situation evolves and if it makes sense, we'll announce another year of support before the end of 2016."

The problem is that if you haven't upgraded to Drupal 7 already, it makes the most sense (from the site owner's perspective) to update directly from Drupal 6 to Drupal 8. Unfortunately, Drupal 8 isn't ready for all sites! Drupal 6 LTS allows our customers to safely remain on Drupal 6 until Drupal 8 is ready.

So, the question when deciding if we should extend our Drupal 6 LTS sounds like: "Have our customers (and the Drupal community at large) had enough opportunity to upgrade from Drupal 6 to Drupal 8?"

Given that major version upgrades of Drupal can take 6+ months for very complex sites, and the fact that Drupal 8 is still not ready for many of those same complex sites, we think it's already clear that we'll need to extend Drupal 6 support for another year.

Rather than waiting until November/December to make that announcement, we thought we'd make it now so that Drupal 6 site owners can factor that into their upgrade plans.

So, now it's official: we promise Drupal 6 LTS until February 24th, 2018.

If you're interested in Drupal 6 Long-Term Support, please check out our plans!

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, 2018!


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