How to upgrade to

Drupal 9

If you’re currently managing a website built on Drupal 7, the planned end of life (EOL) is fast approaching. Wondering how to migrate from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9? Read on!

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Drupal 7 end of life:

1st November 2023

Why upgrade to Drupal 9?

Drupal 9 contains all the features and benefits of Drupal 8, from an enhanced user experience, with more intuitive content management and a strong focus on accessibility. It also promises enhanced security and an easy up-gradation process.

By upgrading to Drupal 9 you can deliver powerful customised experiences, including seamless integrations with conversational UI, video streaming solutions, e-commerce, and data platforms.

Reasons to upgrade to Drupal 9


It’s faster and more responsive

Thanks to JavaScript frameworks that can be directly integrated, not only does Drupal 9 have more efficient computing power, but it also boasts faster response times for end users.

Content is easier to manage

Drupal 9’s tools allow content editors to spend more time on crafting content and less time managing the platform itself. This, paired with an increase in accessibility, means the platform is more user friendly overall.
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Upgrading is easier (and cheaper)

Because this upgrade is the first in the Drupal ecosystem to be backwards compatible, the next upgrade won’t warrant a full site rebuild, taking the headache out of migrating to the next major release.

Migrating from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9

Migrating from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 is a significant project. This is because Drupal 8 was a ground-up rebuild of the platform, meaning a full rebuild and content migration is required to upgrade to the latest versions.

If you’ve been maintaining an up to date version of Drupal 8, your migration path is somewhat simpler. If you’re running Drupal 7, really what you’re planning is a CMS replacement and probably a website rebuild.

Depending on whether your website is hosted on Drupal 7 or Drupal 8, we’ve created content to get you started on how to upgrade to Drupal 9.

A guide to CMS replacement

Inspired by the Drupal 7 EOL announcement, we take a look at what replacing your content management system means for your organisation.

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