Drupal 8 is here

Drupal 8 has just been released. There have been release candidates for the past few months, and some brave souls accepted the risks of pre-release software and built new sites with it. But today is the day when the Drupal community has announced that Drupal 8 is ready for everyone.

So what does this mean for you?

If you’re a developer, and you haven’t had a look at the changes in Drupal 8 yet, now’s the time to check it out. While everything is different under the hood, and there is much to learn, Drupal 8 still feels like Drupal.

Drupal 6

If you have a Drupal 6 site, the release of Drupal 8 comes with a deadline: support for Drupal 6 will now end on 24 February 2016. If you haven't already started planning to replace your Drupal 6 site, the time to do so is now. Your site isn’t going to stop working after 24 February 2016, but it will be more vulnerable to potential security issues.

Drupal 8 cake

We celebrated the release of Drupal 8 with cake

Drupal 7

Drupal 7 has still plenty of life left in it though. Drupal 8 may have arrived, but it will take time for Drupal’s formidable suite of contributed modules, many of which are essential to building complex sites, to all be ported to Drupal 8. If you’re planning a new site that depends on a contributed module that won’t be ported to Drupal 8 for some time yet, building that site with 7 is still a solid choice, and Drupal 7 will be supported by the community for several years to come.

Head over to drupal.org for the latest news, or check out our previous posts on what’s new in Drupal 8.

Get in touch

And do get in touch to have a chat about migrating from Drupal 6 or 7 to 8, or if you want to dive straight in with a new site on Drupal 8.

Rupert Jabelman

Rupert JabelmanSenior Drupal Developer