With the official release of Drupal 8 on Nov 19th 2015 coinciding with the birthday of Drupal founder Dries Buytaert, sparkling celebrations across the globe amongst the Drupal community, comes an alarming Drupal 6 End of Life announcement. Now let’s explore the options with Drupal 6 & Drupal 7 website owners who are in a need to embrace the imminent change.
February 24th 2016 – Time left to act (Official Drupal 6 End of Life)
The end of life announcement means that Drupal community will no longer release any official updates for Drupal 6
- No security updates ( Websites can be compromised and becomes vulnerable to hackers)
- It will no longer be supported by the community at large (With New version in town the fervour towards contribution will be shifted to Drupal 8)
- Might have to rely on paid vendors for keeping the website safe & secure
What does Drupal 8 offer?
Drupal 8 with its powerful new suite of tools is focussed on overcoming the inherent complexity of the previous versions, to enable website administrators to work through hassle-free without complex configurations.
- Improved content editing/authoring experience (Now your site’s content could be managed from your phone)
- Mobile-first, responsive, HTML5 output (Enhanced User Experience on both desktop & mobile devices, Drupal 8 has mobile responsiveness in its DNA)
- Ease of multilingual configuration (Easily translate to your website’s content to 110 supported languages)
- Improved performance (Less modules for faster page loads and reduced server load )
Although, it promises a lot of cool features, apart from major modules, there are a whole lot of contributed modules that still needs to be developed for Drupal 8.