Update: The Drupal Association announced on 23 February 2022 that Drupal 7 end of life was extended by one year to 1 November 2023. It also announced the end-of-life date will be re-evaluated annually.
2021 was an eventful year for the Drupal community. In April, we celebrated Drupal's 20th anniversary and participated in a month-long Drupal Fest. We also launched Discover Drupal and other initiatives to make Drupal more inclusive. We marked the end of life of Drupal 8 and the growth of Drupal 9 adoption with it.
We at Evolving Web had plenty to write about in 2021. From technical tutorials about Drupal 9 to articles about accessibility and inclusion, we aimed to deliver relevant information and useful insights to the developers, content strategists, designers, marketers, and technologists who follow us.
If you missed some of it, we'll save you some time and walk you through Evolving Web's ten most-read articles from 2021, from #10 to #1!
If you develop for Drupal 9, you probably noticed that theming has improved a lot. And if you're upgrading your theme to D9, given Drupal 7's upcoming end of life in November 2022, you'll find the job considerably easier if you follow some basic but crucial steps.
Let's look at the main theming features on Drupal 9 and how to have your Drupal 7 theme ready for this latest version of Drupal.
Drupal 8 reaches end of life in November 2021. With the deadline fast approaching, we're getting questions from the Drupal community about how this change will affect them. Here's a quick Q&A based on the most frequently asked questions about it.
Why is Drupal 8 end of life before Drupal 7?
It's much easier to upgrade from Drupal 8 to 9 than Drupal 7 to 9. For this reason, Drupal 7 end of life has been extended to November 2022 to give Drupal 7 site owners more time to upgrade.
Producing relevant, up-to-date online content is a challenge for content managers everywhere. The bigger your content output and the more stakeholders you have involved in the process, the harder it is to keep track of whatever is being created, edited, and published. If this is your use case, what you need is a clear, easily manageable content publication workflow.
At Evolving Web, we love getting people excited about using Drupal. If you know someone who’s about to take their first steps with our favourite open-source CMS, we want to help you help them get started!
Our developers have written extensively about planning, executing, and optimizing Drupal migration projects over the years, and all that content is more relevant than ever. If you're planning to migrate your site to Drupal 9 in 2021, add this collection of expert guides to your bookmarks.
Drupal 9.0 was launched earlier this month as a continuation of Drupal 8. This time around, the core update was more about updating the technology underlying Drupal's codebase and eliminating dependencies than introducing brand-new features, but fear not: we'll be getting some of those soon enough.
Drupal releases features on a semi-annual basis, and version 9.1 is expected to be rolled out around December this year.
The recent official launch of Drupal 9.0 represents 4 and a half years of improvements (and more than 4,500 individual contributors) to the open source CMS designed to support the most ambitious digital experiences. The official party line, so to speak, is that "the big deal about Drupal 9 is that it's not a big deal."