It's Time To Upgrade To Drupal 9

Sean Reiser

It's Time To Upgrade To Drupal 9

Hi, I'm Sean Reiser, a Flushing, Queens based Freelance Drupalist who builds, repairs, maintains and supports Drupal websites.  I can upgrade your website to Drupal 9.

Drupal 7 was launched in January 2011.  Over these 9 years it has served us well.  Millions of websites have been built.  Companies have built their businesses; Governments have provided services; Non-profits have severed others all using websites built on Drupal 7.  We have done amazing things with Drupal 7.  However, If you have a Drupal 7 site you need to know, in November 2022 Drupal will stop supporting, maintaining, and improving Drupal 7.   When this happens, you will need to, this will lead to a number of challenges:

  • Higher security risks - Since your Drupal 7 website will no longer be receiving updates, it will be vulnerable to any exploits found after support is ended. 
  • Unsatisfactory Website Performance - The web is constantly evolving; new technologies are being developed that can make your site run faster.  Your Drupal 7 won't be able to take advantage of these changes, making your site feel slower compared to your competitors.
  • Decreasing SEO ranking - Google is constantly changing their algorithms.  Without modern tools, your website will be ranked lower than your competitors. 

It's the end of Drupal 7, but the moment has been prepared for.  Drupal 9 is here!  In addition to keeping your site’s infrastructure secure and up to date, there are many changes  that will give you and your staff better tools to build modern, professional looking pages, manage media, enhance SEO. There are enhanced content moderation tools that make it easier for writers, editors and publishers to get your content from a rough draft to final published piece.  Drupal 9 also has enhanced development tools, allowing developers to build more powerful web applications.

A highly performing, secure website is vital to keep you one step ahead of your competition.  That is the purpose of Drupal 9.  Maintain your competitive edge and upgrade now.

What's new since Drupal 7?

One of the bigger changes starting with Drupal 8 is the way we do updates.  Prior to Drupal 8, every few years a new version of Drupal chock full of features would be released. Starting with Drupal 8, new features are released every 6 months.  There have been 9 of these releases, New functionality includes:

Content Authoring

A tightly integrated WYSIWYG editor and in-place editing makes content creation simple.

Layout Builder

True drag and drop page editing for Drupal.  You can build great looking landing pages with little effort.

Media Management

An integrated library to manage local and remote media assets such as video, audio, image and generic files.

Content Workflow

You can manage full content lifecycle: creation, editing, moderation, approval and publishing.  

Responsive Design

To support the fullest array of devices, Drupal provides tools to enable a mobile first design.

API First Architecture

Content you create in Drupal can easily be made available to be consumed by other websites and apps.

Easier Upgrades

Future Drupal upgrades will not require rebuilding your entire site, saving you time and money.

Developer Toolset

The developer tools used for Drupal 9 saves development time and will lead to more stable website deployments.

All future versions of Drupal will work similarly.  New feature releases every 6 months or so.  The purpose of major releases (Drupal 9, Drupal 10, Drupal 11...) is to upgrade the technology that Drupal is built on.  Because of this strategy, upgrading for future major versions is an easier task.

When you're ready to get started, contact me.  We'll discuss your business, your site and your needs.  I'll spend 8 hours reviewing your site to determine what it will take to upgrade to Drupal 9.

I will respond to inquiries within 1 business day.