by Elliot Christenson on February 5, 2020 - 9:55pm

As you may have heard, Drupal 9 is coming soon. Are you ready for it? What are the steps you can do to be ready? There are 3 main things you can do to prepare, read on!

Upgrade to Drupal 8.8

The latest and current version of Drupal is 8.8. This should be the last version of Drupal to be released before Drupal 8.9 and 9.0 are released in, as early as June 2020. So upgrade as soon as you can!

The latest version of Drupal should be available here. That's 8.8.1 as of today.

Composerize

It's going to be important to make certain if you haven't already to embrace Composer for your Drupal website. Since the launch of Drupal 8, Composer has gone from difficult to usable to essential in a relatively short time. Now that it's essential, it's going to continue to be even moreso for Drupal 9. It will be the expectation. Active developers that update their modules will have it as an expectation.

How do you go about it? Drupal.org: Add Composer to an existing site is a great guide.

Install upgrade_status

The Upgrade Status Module will will tell you which modules can be upgraded into Drupal 9 and which have deprecated code you'll have to deal with.

...then Drupal 9 will be "easy"

Just like anything, if you have a simple setup, this process can be simple too. If you are doing complex things with Drupal - and really that's often the point of Drupal - then the process can be more difficult.

That's where myDropWizard comes in. We can do the "gruntwork" of taking care of keeping your website up to date.

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Comments

I've been using Drupal since Drupal 6. As a non-developer user, I really don't like this shift to Drush and Composer. I know nothing about command lines etc. It might make things easier for developers - programmers but it is making Drupal really difficult for us less techy developers and is making me wonder whether Drupal is the correct CMS for a lot of my projects.

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