Drupal 6 is near end of life


Whilst researching for a client project I located these two factors which strongly suggest Drupal 6 will end its' life late 2013 / early 2014.

“At any given time, there are two major release series of Drupal which are supported. Currently, these are Drupal 6 and Drupal 7.” Source:

Dries Buytaert, Drupal founder recently announced Drupal 8 will see a release candidate during September, 2013.

The outcome of these 2 factors is support for Drupal 6 for will cease, likely before 2014. At this point no further releases for security vulnerabilities will be produced by the security team.

Are you the owner of a business or web site dependant upon Drupal 6? You should start considering taking measures to migrate to a more recent version of Drupal soon.

Christefano proposes an interesting alternative approach to the end of life for Drupal 6 which is worthy of consideration and has sparked some debate within the Drupal community.

I wonder if Drupal needs to change its policy going forward regarding supporting older versions. Bert Boerland pointed out some interesting usage statistics around Drupal versions. I estimate that it might take 3 years, at current rates, for Drupal 6 to disappear from significant use.


Subsequent to writing this blog post, Dries Buytaert expressed his concerns about removal of security support for Drupal 6.

With our current release policy, Drupal 6 will be end of life when Drupal 8.0 gets released. This means the community will stop providing security fixes for Drupal 6. With over 200,000 sites actively using Drupal 6, I believe that is irresponsible.

No official announcement has been made in relation to this initiative, but based on the level of support from members of the project, it is safe to assume Drupal 6 security updates will continue beyond the release of Drupal 8. If I find out more I will update this post accordingly.

The good news - leapfrog Drupal 7

Perhaps you are one of the organisations heavily invested in Drupal 6. Moshe Weitzman has good news for you.

It is my pride and pleasure to announce that Drupal 8 will ship with a migration path from both Drupal 6 and Drupal 7

The migrate module has been included in Drupal 8 Core and provides a migration path from both Drupal 6 and Drupal 7. This substantially reduces the barriers organisations face in moving between versions of Drupal.

Drupal England & Wales Association: Next Steps Meetup


Manchester is to be the location of the first of several open meetings to discuss establishing a Drupal England & Wales Association. The evening event is an ideal opportunity for Drupalers in the The North West to hear proposals and have their opinion heard.

Come to TechHub Manchester and be part of a historic evening, 18th March from 6:30 PM, join several leading Drupalers including Robert Castello, Fin Lewis, Mike Bell and others TBC.

This is a FREE event but you must RSVP on Eventbrite.

Big thanks to TechHub Manchester for providing use of their fabulous venue at short notice.


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