Drupal 8 End of Life In Less Than Two Months' Time!
Drupal Association released a Press Service Announcement (PSA) on 29th June 2021, stating Drupal 8 End of Life (EOL) to be on November 2nd, 2021. Suggestion by the Association for these applications using Drupal 8 is to upgrade to Drupal 9.2 version. Drupal 9.1 version is not a recommendation because Drupal 9.1’s security coverage is also ending soon: Right after that of Drupal 8.
EOL date of Drupal 8 is based on that of Symfony 3’s End of Life. Symfony has notified that there will not be any more security fixes in the Symfony 3.4 release after November of 2021.
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There are 954,187 applications currently running on different versions of Drupal as last reported on August 29th, 2021. Of these 260,960 are on Drupal 8 which will need to be migrated. Drupal 8 to 9 migration is considered to be comparatively easy compared to the previous major Drupal 7 to 8 upgrade.
Drupal is a Content Management System that is robust, scalable and has a strong community backing. It is also a Free and Open Source Software licensed under GNU. Due to these very reasons a major chunk of government, UN, University websites run on Drupal. Many of the media websites like BBC, NBC run on Drupal. Drupal 9 is the latest version of Drupal. Dries Buytaert is the founder of Drupal.