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With today’s Drupal 8 release the clock starts ticking for Drupal 6 support. Typically, the Drupal community supports a version through the next version, but support for Drupal was extended for an additional 3 months. Which means that support for Drupal 6 will end 3 months from today on February 19th, 2016. This doesn’t give you much time to upgrade.

You don’t want to be caught running an unsupported version of Drupal - especially if you’re running any kind of commerce site or if your site captures sensitive information. 

What’s Involved with Upgrading Drupal 6?

You’ll definitely want to include a redesign in your upgrade plan. A lot has changed in the past few years: 20 - 30% of web traffic is coming from tablets and mobile devices and these numbers are growing. Your new design should support touch screens and adjust to hundreds of screen sizes. An upgrade/redesign is a great time to assess your needs and analytics from your existing website can provide valuable input into design decisions.

Data will be moved to the upgraded website either through an in-place upgrade or by migrating data. Upgrades from Drupal 6 to Drupal 7 have great support but most in-place upgrades need a bit of effort even after Drupal core and modules have been upgraded. For some sites an interim upgrade to Drupal 7 won't save you much effort. You may want to consider jumping to Drupal 8.

Take a look at my previous post “Drupal Upgrade Decision Tree” for more information.

With the announcement that Drupal 8 will be released on November 19th you might be asking whether you should upgrade to Drupal 7 or jump right to Drupal 8. Drupal 8 offers a lot of benefits like state of the art authoring tools and improvements in mobile support, accessibility and better multilingual support.

Drupal 8 Release estimated to occur onThose of us who work with drupal on a daily basis have been watching www.drupal8release.com on a regular basis in anticipation of the Drupal 8 release date

Drupal Camps are a great resource for people looking to ramp up their Drupal skills. Session tracks range from beginner to expert and spending a day or two at a camp offers an opportunity to exchange experiences with other developers and themers. I've been spending the weekend at Drupal Camp New Jersey. Today I gave a session called "10 Steps Not To Forget After Installing Drupal". My session followed a keynote given by one of the pioneers of programming, Brian Kernighan. Mr.

​​Content Is KingThe question comes up on every web project, "Who is going to write the copy?" Ninety-nine percent of the time the answer from the client is, "We're going to do it ourselves." Somehow the web site gets built and a design gets created even though the copy never gets completely pulled together. But this is Drupal. Drupal comes will content management built in. What's the big deal?

During our STEMnet meeting yesterday, I had a moment where I realized that non-geeks might not know just how frustrating computers can be for the geeky too. In fact, when you're working with something all the time, the probability of having issues is even higher. And, of course, geekier.

Today, the point made itself clearly when I was setting up my Drupal dev environment on my local machine. I honestly could have banged my head against a wall. Come on, you know how that feels. I'm just willing to admit it on the Internet.