by Elliot Christenson on May 24, 2018 - 1:24am

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.

Each year in the spring, we've taken a look at the state of Drupal 6 and decided whether we'll extend support for another year, and if we need to make any changes to our offering. Here's the articles from 2016 and 2017, where we announced support until at least February 2019.

Today, I'm happy to announce that we'll be extending our Drupal 6 Long-Term Support until at least February 2020!

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, however, it's already clear to us that there's enough demand to one more year.

However, this time is a little different because PHP 5.6 will reach the end of its security support in December 2018 (8 months from now).

We can't responsibly provide Long-Term Support for Drupal 6, if there isn't a PHP version that you can securely run it on.

So, this year we're making some bigger changes to the program and to Drupal 6 itself!

Read on to find out more!

PHP 7 support for Drupal 6 (and supported modules)

If there won't be any more security support for PHP 5 after December 2018, that means Drupal 6 and it's contrib modules will need to run on PHP 7! (PHP 7.2 will have security support until November 2020.)

Unfortunately, the last official release of Drupal 6 (version 6.38) won't work unmodified on PHP 7.

So, we're going to be releasing a version of our Drupal 6 LTS fork which runs on PHP 7.2. Assuming no other security issues come up first, this could be in our 6.45 release! You can see the 'php-7' branch in our Drupal 6 fork on GitHub.

Contrib modules too!?

For our clients, we fully support their Drupal security - even for our Basic Plan! This means that we'll update the contrib modules used by our customers to work with PHP 7 as well! All your favorite Drupal add-ons from Views to CCK to Panels - and most other Drupal 6 modules will updated to work with PHP 7.2! If you're a Standard or Enterprise client, we'll even be covering more obscure modules or even custom code to have some more longevity!

Our interests are aligned on this! If your site does suffer from a security breach, we're here to help you work through it. We'd prefer you to be as proactive as possible!

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, 2020!

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Comments

Love it! Thank you so much. You are doing a great service for the D6/Pressflow community! :) PHP7 FTW!

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