Drupal 7 EoL: Exploring Backdrop as an Alternative

As the end-of-life date for Drupal 7 approaches, a blog post from CiviCRM suggests considering a Backdrop upgrade. Having been in existence for over a decade, Drupal 7 will reach its end of life in January 2025. While extensions granted a grace period during the pandemic, they are no longer forthcoming. With less than a year left, Drupal 7 sites will cease to receive updates, posing potential security risks. 

Although Long-Term Support (LTS) will offer limited support, Backdrop emerges as a viable alternative. Boasting an active community focused on affordability, Backdrop targets small to medium-sized businesses, nonprofits, and individuals seeking highly customized websites without breaking the bank. Backdrop prioritizes modern improvements while ensuring backward compatibility to facilitate seamless upgrades from Drupal 7. 

With regular releases of new features and bug fixes, Backdrop offers a modern aesthetic and streamlined site-building experience. Notably, it prioritizes accessibility standards, compatibility with new PHP versions, mobile responsiveness, and prompt security updates. 

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