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The Future of Drupal: Trends to Watch in 2024


Drupal content management system is a robust and feature-rich CMS acknowledged by global enterprises and governmental institutions worldwide. But what should we expect from Drupal in the near future?

Congratulations, dear Drupal fans and website owners: the Drupal 11 release is planned for the end of 2024. What does this mean for the Drupal community? How should website owners prepare themselves for the website upgrade? Drupfan is here to help you sort things out. Stay tuned!

Drupal 11 Release

Drupal 11 release is coming with the spirit of anticipation for business owners who have their websites built with Drupal. This update aims to enhance platforms’ performance, add on some functionality and features, fix bugs and issues from previous releases, and make users even more satisfied with the interactions with Drupal.

Although Drupal 10 is brand new, its PHP 8.1 dependency is claimed to expire in 2024. Thus, the new PHP 8.2 version is required and Drupal 11 will be developed with this in mind.

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Let’s look at Drupal 11 key initiatives:

  1. The implementation of Project Browser Initiative which is focused on helping developers find and install the most appropriate, reliable, and stable modules.
  2. The development of the Starter Template concept which is aimed at installing and configuring the groups of modules necessary for a certain type of website (f.e. event website, commerce website, etc.).
  3. The Automated Updates Initiative is meant to make Drupal updates even easier.
  4. The GitLab Initiative strives to improve collaboration and bring advanced tools for Drupal contributors.
  5. The mission of the Great Module Migration is to keep less code in Drupal core and move more modules from core to contrib. This way, the Drupal core will become smaller and more secure.
  6. Last but not least, keeping Drupal up-to-date and secure was always the primary focus for Dries Buytaert and the entire Drupal community.

Drupal 7 End-of-Life

Drupal 7 support was officially extended this year, however, its end-of-life is just around the corner: November 1, 2024, is the date when the Drupal community will stop supporting Drupal 7. What does this mean? Drupal 7 core, modules, and themes will no longer be supported, and will not get fixes and updates. As a result, Drupal 7 websites will fail in terms of security, its functionality will decay, and the site will become open for hacker attacks and data leaks.

Think about the future of your business now and migrate your website from Drupal 7 to Drupal 10 before it’s too late.

How to Prepare Your Website for Drupal 11 Release?

Preparation is key to a successful transition. Take some time to evaluate the current condition of your Drupal website. What CMS version do you use? When was the last time you had the modules updated? Do you remember when the security patches were installed?

Your website must operate with the latest Drupal 10 version, as well as with all updated dependencies if you want to be ready for the Drupal 11 update and get the most out of its new features and improvements.

Note, that before any Drupal migration or update, you need to make a backup of your website & database. Contact the Drupfan specialists if you need assistance with Drupal backup.

With proper planning and preparation, an update to Drupal 11 can be a seamless task, especially when handled by professionals. Send us the details of your project and Drupfan web developers will prepare a Drupal migration or update plan just for your needs.

The Future of Drupal

With the Drupal 11 release, your website definitely needs an upgrade to the D10 or D11 version. Thus, you can be sure of the highest level of security, sky-high performance, and positive user experience. Only by updating to the 10 or 11 version, you can get the best out of Drupal. The new release promises enhanced content editing features, improved website performance, and some advanced tools for developers. 

Plan for Drupal 11 with Drupfan!

The Drupfan team highly recommends starting the preparation for the Drupal 11 update right now, so there is no rush later.

Our Drupal experts are here to assist you with bridging the gap and migrating your Drupal 7 website to Drupal 9/10 versions or simply keep your website more secure and functional by updating it to the latest Drupal version available. Get ready for the Drupal 11 release together with the best web development specialists at Drupfan.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any help with Drupal migration or Drupal update services.