by David Snopek on November 22, 2021 - 10:17am

Today, I have the unenviable task of announcing some bad news:

myDropWizard is closing down, with our final day of normal operation on February 25th, 2022.

This isn't our ideal outcome - until very recently we were working hard to prepare for the upcoming Drupal 7 End-of-Life (EOL) and were on the verge of publicly announcing the details of our D7ES plans. In fact, we had already started sharing those details privately with potential customers, and had most of the marketing materials ready to go.

However, in the sprit of Thanksgiving which is coming up later this week in the USA, there is much in the 6-year history of myDropWizard that I have to be thankful for:

  • The opportunity to collaborate with many wonderful, talented and passionate people over the years (especially my co-founder Elliot Christenson)
  • The support of our customers, which has given us the resources to do the important (but unglamorous) work we felt needed to be done
  • The goodwill of the Drupal community in supporting and contributing to our efforts (especially all the folks who posted D6LTS issues and patches)

Read on for more details about what this means for D6LTS and our customers.

Why is this happening?

I won't give too many details, but since I'm sure someone would ask in the comments if I didn't, I'll briefly address this right away. There are many contributing factors, but primarily:

  • The coronavirus pandemic had a very negative impact on our business.
  • The postponment of Drupal 7's End-of-Life, while good for the Drupal community, also postponed our (hopeful) recovery.
  • Other factors in the personal lives of our founders.

What does this mean for Drupal 6 LTS?

In July, we had announced that we'd be extending the end of our Drupal 6 LTS offering another year, until February 24th, 2023. This is something we had done every year since we first started doing D6LTS in 2016.

Unfortunately, this means that we're going back on that extension, and will be discontinuing our D6LTS offering on February 25th, 2022, along with all other normal operations of our business.

I'm sincerely sorry to any of our customers, or others in the Drupal community, who were depending on that extra year.

Luckily, there is still one vendor providing D6LTS: Tag1 Consulting. If you still need D6LTS, I recommend getting in touch with them.

What does this mean for our customers?

We will continue to provide the same support and maintenance services that you've come to depend on up until the very last minute - meaning 5pm CT on February 25th, 2022. That is a little more than 90 days from now.

We will finish any on-going projects, but won't take on any new ones. If you pre-paid for developer hours (ie. a "mini-project"), you can still request us to do development with the remaining hours until we stop operations. Or, if you want a refund for the remaining hours, we'd be happy to provide one via PayPal, if requested before we stop operations.

If we are providing managed hosting for your site on Linode, we can either:

  1. Send you backups of your current site so you can migrate to different hosting, or
  2. Transfer the server to your Linode account, allowing you to take over billing and control of the existing server

If there's anything I missed above, please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss the details!

We'd like to do what we can to make this transition as painless as possible for you.

Thank You!

I'm very proud of all the work that we've done at myDropWizard.

I'd like to say one last Thank You to all our customers, partners, and everyone who has ever worked for or with myDropWizard.

Thank You and Take Care!

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