Drupal 7 and 8 End of Life: What You Need to Know Now and How to Plan for the Upgrade to D9

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Webinar Details

Drupal 7’s end-of-life date was extended to 2022 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Drupal 8 still reaches end-of-life in November 2021. Whether your site is on 7 or 8, now is the time to start preparing for your upgrade.

Aimed at nonprofits and associations using Drupal, this 45-minute webinar will discuss the scope and timeline for common upgrade scenarios, other factors in your digital roadmap to consider when planning your upgrade, and how to plan for site maintenance on Drupal 9 and beyond.

Key Learning Objectives

  • How to plan your budget and project timeline to be ready by the end-of-life dates
  • Impacts to expect on your site if it is not updated before end-of-life
  • The scope of work involved in moving from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9, and why it requires a site rebuild
  • Other considerations to factor into your move from Drupal 7, including rebranding plans or a move to WordPress
  • The (much smaller!) scope of work involved in moving from Drupal 8 to 9
  • The future of Drupal 9 updates and best practices for ongoing site maintenance


Jesse Firestone

Jesse Firestone

Senior Drupal Developer

Jesse has been a web technologist since 2005 but has always enjoyed finding the right solutions to puzzling problems. The bulk of his web experience has been focused on Drupal sites in the government and nonprofit sectors, including clients like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Start2Farm.gov, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, and the Chalkboard Project. He formally studied Information and Security Assurance, and these days he likes working with complex data, improving workflow, and doing technical planning.

Erin Rickard

Erin Rickard

Digital Services Manager

As Fíonta's Digital Services Manager, Erin oversees strategy and execution for web projects. With over a decade of experience sitting at both sides of the table – first as a site administrator and content editor, and then as a web project manager – Erin applies her understanding of organizational goals, user needs, and technical requirements to achieving successful projects for nonprofits and associations. Her communications and basic web development background allows her to effectively “speak geek” and guide clients through building or enhancing their websites.