by Elliot Christenson on November 5, 2020 - 12:33am

This is a bit of an update to our update to PHP 7 that we did awhile back.

Last week we contacted all of our clients to announce our PHP 7.4 upgrade plans.

Much like the update to accomodate PHP 7, this update will necessitate some changes for some of our Drupal 6 clients.

Thankfully the scope of changes seems to be a bit smaller so far.

The important thing to note is that we are continuing to make changes to keep Drupal 6 and important contrib modules current with modern, supported (and secure) versions of PHP!

Read on to find out more!

PHP 7.4 support for Drupal 6 (and supported modules)

If there won't be any more security support for PHP 7.2 after December 2020, that means Drupal 6 and it's contrib modules will need to run on PHP 7.4!

Any incompatibilities with PHP 7.4 will be addressed in our Drupal 6 LTS fork! You can see 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 7.4 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 7.4! 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, 8 or 9 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!

Contact Us For More Information About Our Drupal 6 LTS Service

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