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Drupal 9 end-of-life – not the end of the world

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Published on May 25, 2024

Solutions: DXP – Digital Experience Platforms
Drupal 9 end-of-life – not the end of the world

What to know about upgrading your Drupal 9 platform to Drupal 10

Drupal 9's end-of-life officially occurred November 2023, and many organizations have either already upgraded to Drupal 10 or are planning their upgrade. In this article, we'll take a closer look at the upgrade to Drupal 10, including the progress that has been made, security-related enhancements, and new features. 

First, it's worth noting that Drupal 10 was released in 2022 and was based on Drupal 9, with the same backward compatibility policies. This means that upgrading from Drupal 9 to Drupal 10 should be a relatively straightforward process, as long as your Drupal 9 site is up to date. 

One of the main security-related enhancements in Drupal 10 is the removal of deprecated code that may be vulnerable to security exploits. This makes Drupal 10 a more secure platform for building and maintaining websites, which is especially important given the increasing number of cyber attacks and data breaches. 

In addition to security enhancements, Drupal 10 introduces new features and improvements. For example, improved media management capabilities, with a more streamlined and user-friendly interface for uploading and managing images, videos, and other media. The platform also have improved accessibility features, including better support for assistive technologies like screen readers and high-contrast themes. 

Another feature in Drupal 10 is improved multilingual support. This will make it easier for website owners to create and manage content in multiple languages, with better support for language-specific content and translations. 

In terms of progress, the Drupal community has been working hard on Drupal 10, with ongoing efforts to improve the stability, performance, and usability of the platform. There are also many resources available to help website owners and developers with the upgrade, including guides, tools, and best practices. 

If you're planning to upgrade to Drupal 10, it's important to get going now, by ensuring that your Drupal 9 site is up to date, testing your site for compatibility issues, and preparing a migration plan. It's also a good idea to consult with experienced Drupal developers or consultancies to help ensure a smooth and successful upgrade. 

In conclusion, the Drupal 10 upgrade brings significant security enhancements, new features, and improved usability, making it a compelling choice for website owners and developers who are looking to stay up to date with the latest web development trends and best practices. With careful planning and preparation, the upgrade to Drupal 10 can be a smooth and successful process that helps you take your website to the next level. 


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