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The Drupal 10 release is coming: are you ready?

Drupal 10 will be released in the second half of 2022, which is earlier than we are used to. The tenth version of Drupal comes just two years after the release of Drupal 9. The reason for the short cycle is that there are no major changes. Drupal 10 is regarded to become a refined version of Drupal 9. Although the changes won’t be world changing, we will tell you in this blog why it is smart to upgrade and how you can best prepare your Drupal platform and your organisation for the arrival of this latest version. Whether you are working with Drupal 7, 8 or 9!

One Shoe | 14 feb 2022

Drupal 10 release

Drupal in a nutshell

Drupal is open source software, so it is free to use and license free. With Drupal's extensive module sets, you can endlessly combine, configure and add to make new features and applications possible. Thanks to Drupal's global community and security team, the CMS is super secure and up-to-date, protecting you from security breaches, hackers, and other security threats.

We have been implementing Drupal for over 16 years for websites, portals and web applications for organisations from a wide variety of industries.

Drupal 10 release: what can you expect?

Support for Drupal 8 has ended

Is your website still running on Drupal 8? Then we recommend that you do not wait for the release of Drupal 10 before taking action. Support for Drupal 8 was discontinued in October 2021. This means that all platforms that run on Drupal 8 no longer receive updates, resulting in security and optimisation for users and your organisation are no longer being guaranteed. 

We strongly recommend you upgrade your platform to Drupal 9 as soon as possible. An additional advantage is that an upgrade from Drupal 9 to Drupal 10 is a lot easier than from Drupal 8 to Drupal 10.

Support for Drupal 7 will end this year

It sounds illogical, but unlike Drupal 8, Drupal 7 will still be actively supported until November 2022. This is due to the larger upgrade required to get a Drupal 7 platform to a newer version. Although this is the case, we recommend that you upgrade your Drupal 7 platform to Drupal 9 first and not wait for Drupal 10 to release. The upgrade from Drupal 7 to a newer version requires more work because the technology has changed significantly with the arrival of Drupal 8. Also, no major functional changes have been made during the lifetime of Drupal 7. An upgrade from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 often results in a complete rebuild of the existing platform. Drupal 9 and Drupal 10 expand on the foundation that Drupal 8 lay, which makes those upgrades a lot easier. Make sure to start on time with upgrading your Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 platform before this version is no longer supported.

Migration from Drupal 9 to Drupal 10 is a small step

The good news is that the transition from Drupal 9 to Drupal 10 will be relatively small. Since Drupal 8, Drupal always includes new technical developments and features in so-called 'point' releases, such as an update from version 9.0 to 9.1. As a result, Drupal 9.3 has more features than Drupal 9.0. These 'point' releases are reflected in Drupal 10.

However, the new features that are added are typically not completely new, but replace existing technologies partially or completely. In Drupal 9, old alternatives will not be removed immediately in the next 'point' release, but in Drupal 10 all old technologies that have been replaced will be removed. Drupal 10.0 is therefore very similar to the last ‘point’ version of Drupal 9.

When should you upgrade your Drupal website to Drupal 10?

If your platform is running on Drupal 9, it is smart to use the latest 'point' release and make sure that your platform customisation is up-to-date. When you do this, the transition from Drupal 9 to Drupal 10 is not a big step. If you have not kept track of these 'point' releases and your custom work has not been updated properly, a switch to Drupal 10 can cause more work. Saving time by postponing an upgrade to Drupal 10 is unfortunately not possible. When you decide to wait longer, the list of tasks also gets longer.

If your platform runs on Drupal 8 or 7, we recommend that you upgrade to Drupal 9 as soon as possible to ensure that your platform works optimally and, above all, is safe. If your platform has been upgraded to Drupal 9, the next step to Drupal 10 is made relatively easy. Support for Drupal 9 will end in November 2023. This still seems a long way off, but don't miss out. Our experience shows that many organisations start the upgrade too late, as a result of which the Drupal platform in question is not supported for a while and therefore runs unnecessary security risks.

Looking for a digital partner who can update your Drupal website and get you ready for the launch of Drupal 10?

Tibor is happy to help you!