Drupal 7 End-of-Life: A Journey Through History and Options

Drupal 7 end of life

Drupal 7, a celebrated version, marked a significant milestone in the platform's history. A recent blog post by Kristen Pol, shared by QuantCDN, takes us on a journey through the brief history of Drupal 7 and explores the available end-of-life (EOL) options.1 The blogpost is rich with hyperlinks and is sure to satisfy the curious minds who need to revisit the evolution of Drupal 7 and the Web CMS technology. 

Officially introduced in January 2011, Drupal 7 quickly became a favorite for website builders, offering a range of improvements over its predecessor, Drupal 6. It brought usability enhancements, modern themes (for its time), and several beloved features, including the Content Construction Kit (CCK).

Drupal 7's impact was so profound that it significantly contributed to the growth of Drupal's user base until around 2016, when Drupal 8 was introduced. Kristen Pol, who has extensive experience with Drupal, shares her fondness for Drupal 7, echoing the sentiments of many in the Drupal community.

The development of Drupal 8 presented the Drupal community with numerous challenges due to the extensive architectural differences between Drupal 7 and Drupal 8. Heated debates erupted over which approach was better and whether Drupal should adopt the Symfony framework to evolve the platform. In this division, a fork of Drupal 7 called "Backdrop" was born in 2013. The considerable architectural shift and the vast number of Drupal modules and themes developed for Drupal 7 made porting to Drupal 8 a formidable task. Migrating from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 often necessitated a complete rebuild, leading many site owners to explore alternative options.

The article also delves into Drupal 7's End-of-Life (EOL) – a significant aspect of software evolution. Software versions eventually become obsolete and are succeeded by newer iterations, and EOL dates are crucial for planning and upgrades.

Drupal 8 reached its EOL in November 2021, and Drupal 9's EOL date arrived on November 1, 2023. Drupal 7's EOL has been a moving target, initially scheduled for November 2021, a decade after its release. However, due to various factors, including the pandemic and a gradual transition from Drupal 7, the EOL date was extended to November this year, coinciding with Drupal 9's EOL.

For an in-depth understanding of Drupal 7's EOL Soft Landing, Drupal 7 EOL Options, and Drupal 7 EOL Resources, we invite you to read the full blog post by Kristen Pol, shared by QuantCDN.

  • 1Kristen Pol, Quant CDN, "<cite>A brief history of Drupal 7 and overview of end-of-life options</cite>," Published November 01, 2023, URL: https://www.quantcdn.io/blog/articles/brief-history-drupal-7-and-overview-end-life-options

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