Drupal 8 is Coming? What's That Mean for Site Owners?

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Drupal 8 is Coming? What’s That Mean for Site Owners?




John Shortess

On Monday, a couple of us are headed to Portland for the last North American DrupalCon before the expected release of Drupal 8 late this year. While we’re very excited about Drupal 8 as site developers, what does a new Drupal release mean for owners of Drupal sites?

The most important thing to know is that the Drupal community has a policy of supporting, through bug fixes and security updates, the two most recent Drupal releases. Right now, that means Drupal 7 and Drupal 6 are supported. Once Drupal 8 is released, Drupal 6 will reach “end of life” status, and updates will no longer be issued. If your site is still running Drupal 6, you should start planning your upgrade strategy now, so that your site isn’t left unprotected from newly-discovered bugs or security vulnerabilities.

But even if you’re already running Drupal 7, you probably want to start thinking about Drupal 8 soon, because there’s an awful lot of Drupaly goodness coming soon:

We’ll be posting more about the latest Drupal 8 developments, and other DrupalCon happenings, next week, here and on Twitter. Stay tuned!

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