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The Upcoming End of Drupal 7: What This Means For You

With the impending end of Drupal 7 support on the horizon, many organizations are facing the task of upgrading to a fully supported version of Drupal. This transition may seem daunting, but with the right guidance and support, it can be a smooth and beneficial process for your website and online tools. Breakthrough Technologies has teamed up with Acquia to offer its expertise in migrating Drupal 7 sites to the latest version, Drupal 10. In this post, we will explore the significance of Drupal 7's end of life, the journey from Drupal 7 to Drupal 10, and how Breakthrough Technologies and Acquia are working together to make this transition as seamless as possible. 


Understanding the Significance of Drupal 7's End of Life 

In the realm of technology, evolution is not just a process; it's a necessity. Drupal 7, while having served your site well for years with its robust architecture, is nearing a pivotal moment — its end of life. For website owners and developers, it's a call to action, compelling us to reassess and upgrade our tools and online assets. 


Without ongoing updates, security patches, and community support, sites remaining on Drupal 7 become vulnerable. It's not just about the risk of data breaches or malware attacks; it's the gradual erosion of your site's functionality and relevance.  


Embracing Drupal 10 is not merely upgrading; it's a strategic move towards securing and enhancing your digital presence. It’s similar to renovating and fortifying a structure, making it more resilient, efficient, and aligned with current standards and expectations. This transition is an investment in your site’s longevity and relevance in a landscape that prizes security, speed, and seamless user experiences. 


Drupal 10: Elevating User Experience with Modern Features and Enhanced Accessibility 

Drupal 10 boasts an array of new features and enhancements aimed at elevating user experience, accessibility, and ease of use. One notable addition is the Olivero theme, which delivers a modern and visually pleasing front-end experience right out of the box, while also adhering to the WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility standards, making it accessible to users with disabilities. The update also puts a greater emphasis on clean and maintainable code by removing deprecated APIs and upgrading to Symfony 5 and CKEditor 5, thereby providing a robust foundation for module and theme developers. Additionally, the focus on automated updates simplifies the maintenance of sites and ensures timely updates, enhancing site security. With its commitment to modernizing the platform while prioritizing accessibility and ease of maintenance, Drupal 10 emerges as a CMS option ready to cater to a broad spectrum of users, from individuals to large enterprises. Check out these resources from Acquia to learn more about Drupal 10.  


The Journey from Drupal 7 to Drupal 10: An Overview 

Embarking on the journey from Drupal 7 to Drupal 10 represents a pivotal evolution for your online tools. This pathway is not a simple software update but a comprehensive transformation encompassing a shift forward in technology, philosophy, and functionality. The transition demands a thoughtful approach, integrating meticulous planning with strategic execution. 


Migrating to Drupal 10 is not just about keeping pace with technological advancements but about embracing a future where your digital presence is robust, responsive, and ready to meet the demands of tomorrow’s web. 


The process begins with a thorough audit of your existing Drupal 7 site, identifying custom modules, features, and functionalities that are critical to your operations. This stage is crucial for understanding the scope of the migration and ensuring that no aspect of your site’s unique ecosystem is left behind. Following this, a detailed migration plan is crafted, focusing on data integrity, seamless functionality transfer, and minimizing disruption to your site's users. 


One of the most compelling aspects of this transition is the opportunity to reassess and potentially reimagine your site’s structure, design, and user journey. Drupal 10’s flexible architecture and enhanced capabilities offer a canvas on which to build a more dynamic, engaging, and user-friendly experience.  


How Breakthrough Technologies and Acquia Are Facilitating the Transition 

The partnership between Breakthrough Technologies and Acquia is designed to address the multifaceted challenges of migration. With a shared commitment to excellence, we bring together a unique combination of resources, expertise, and innovation. Our approach goes beyond mere technical execution; it encompasses a holistic understanding of the goals, values, and aspirations that shape each website’s unique toolset. 


A key aspect of our collaborative effort involves demystifying the process for website owners. Our strategy is centered on a thorough assessment of each site's specific needs, ensuring that every step of the migration is tailored to maintain or enhance the site’s functionality, performance, and user engagement.  


The collective expertise of Breakthrough Technologies and Acquia tools like Migrate Accelerate also facilitates a proactive approach to potential challenges. Our team excels at upgrading complex sites that utilize many custom modules and complex workflows. We anticipate obstacles and devise strategies to mitigate them, ensuring that the transition does not disrupt the seamless operation of websites. Our focus on efficiency and minimal downtime exemplifies our commitment to client satisfaction and digital excellence. 


Preparing for Your Site's Upgrade: Steps to Take Now 

Embarking on the transition from Drupal 7 to Drupal 10 necessitates a strategic and informed approach. Before diving into the complexities of migration, it’s paramount to take stock of your existing tools. Schedule an Initial Assessment with us, and we will begin by conducting a comprehensive review of your existing site and pinpointing custom functionalities, modules, and any third-party integrations that are pivotal to your site’s operation. We know that understanding these elements will be crucial in ensuring a smooth transition to the new platform.

Following the initial assessment, safeguarding your digital assets becomes our priority. We will implement a robust backup protocol that will provide a safety net, securing your data against any potential hiccups during the migration process. This step is about preserving your digital legacy while paving the way for transformative growth. 

After the groundwork is laid, we will tailor the migration experience to your site’s unique blueprint. Together, we will develop a migration plan that not only addresses the technical demands of the transition but also aligns with your vision for the site’s future.  


Interested in an Initial Assessment? 

Schedule a call to discuss an initial assessment and Drupal upgrade with Breakthrough Technologies.  

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