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Oct 18, 2023 | 5 Minute Read

Drupal 7 End Of Life: A Guide To Next Steps

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Drupal 7, launched over a decade ago, is reportedly used by 52.2% of all websites using Drupal. But irrespective of this substantial user base, Drupal 7 will reach its End Of Life (EOL) on 5 January 2025, which means it will no longer get security updates or bug fixes.

Given that the EOL date for Drupal 7 is approaching soon, it makes sense for organizations dependent on Drupal 7 to decide on the next course of action. These organizations can:

Drupal 7 EOL Options

Keep reading to determine which option makes the most sense for your organization.

Option 1: Staying On Drupal 7

Drupal 7 will be supported until 5 January 2025, and even after it, Websites built using Drupal 7 will continue to exist. After the community stops supporting Drupal 7 end of life, a group of approved and vetted vendors will provide security updates for Drupal 7 core. The Drupal 7 Vendor Extended Support program will also provide a few modules.

Choosing to stick with Drupal 7 after its EOL is recommended for organizations needing more time to gather the resources required to upgrade or switch to a different CMS. Organizations must remember that this is a temporary solution, as with time, modules and integrations may stop working.

Websites stuck on Drupal 7 will also miss out on innovative new features. Because of this, organizations must be aware of answers to questions like 'When is Drupal 7 end of life releasing?' and 'What to do next?'

Option 2: Upgrading From Drupal 7 To Drupal 10

Opting for Drupal 10 serves as a favorable choice for organizations ready to harness the latest functionalities and security features. This transition offers numerous advantages, some of which are outlined below:

Enhance Security

As the Drupal 7 EOL approaches, it will no longer receive security updates or bug fixes. This leaves Drupal 7 websites vulnerable to potential security threats and attacks. By upgrading to Drupal 10, websites will continue receiving ongoing security updates.

Improve User Experience

The user interface and general user experience have been improved in Drupal 9. This will further improve with Drupal 10 as the administration, and user themes will be brand-new, designed using cutting-edge frontend techniques with strict adherence to accessibility guidelines.

Better Performance

Drupal 10 improves performance through faster page load times and scalability. The Caching framework is completely redesigned, and all critical dependencies, such as PHP and Symfony, are upgraded to the latest version.

Superior Mobile User Experience

Drupal 10 includes responsive design features, making it easier to create mobile-friendly websites. It also has technical advancements, as Drupal 10 is built on the latest web technologies and uses modern PHP.

It allows better performance, easier updates, and compatibility with other software. Because of these reasons, upgrading from Drupal 7 to Drupal 10 can help organizations attain digital maturity. If you're interested in exploring more of Drupal 10's features, don't forget to check out our detailed guide: Check more of Drupal 10 features.

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Option 3: Migrating From Drupal To Other Platforms

Migrating from Drupal to other platforms can be a cost-effective solution depending on the website. Organizations can use this opportunity to launch a complete brand refresh. But, if not carried out properly, this transition can be quite expensive and time-consuming.

This is why deciding to switch from Drupal to other platforms must be done with an effective implementation plan, which considers factors like budget, goals, and resources. Organizations can migrate from Drupal to platforms like WordPress and Contentful or opt for headless solutions.

Drupal To WordPress

Migrating from Drupal to WordPress is a good option for organizations that have plans to modify how their website is used. Switching to WordPress can be advantageous when organizations primarily require a user-friendly CMS and a website for ecommerce rather than just content.

But this migration can be complex without the right tools and techniques. The steps for carrying out a successful migration from Drupal 7 to WordPress are:

Migrating from Drupal 7 to Wordpress


Back Up Drupal 7 Website 

Before making any changes, it's important to back up the entire Drupal 7 website, including the database and files. The backup would be handy if one wishes to revert to Drupal 7. It will also act as a baseline for content migration.


Set Up WordPress

WordPress must be installed on a web hosting account. This can be done manually or using a one-click installer like Softaculous. For sophisticated websites, it is recommended to construct the website in a local development environment before hosting it.


Choose A Migration Plugin

Content can be transferred from Drupal 7 to WordPress by using a variety of plugins, including FG Drupal to WordPress and CMS2CMS plugins. Start by preparing a map between the source, Drupal 7, and the target, WordPress. If the migration is difficult, set up the necessary post types and taxonomies on the WordPress websites.


Export Drupal 7 Data

Export Drupal 7 data, including pages, posts, and media, into a format that can be imported into WordPress. The migration plugin selected during the previous step will typically have instructions on how to do this.


Import Drupal 7 Data Into WordPress

Next, import Drupal 7 data into WordPress using the migration plugin. The plugin will map Drupal 7 data to the appropriate WordPress fields and create the appropriate WordPress pages and posts.


Test The Website

Once the migration is complete, test the website to ensure that content has been transferred correctly and everything works properly.


Set Up Redirects

After migrating from Drupal 7 to WordPress, set up redirects to ensure old URLs point to the correct pages on the new WordPress website.

Going Headless

Developing a Headless application using Drupal consists of Drupal as a backend CMS for managing and storing content and a separate frontend framework like React or Angular to build the user interface. Converting an existing Drupal 7 website to a headless application will upgrade the website’s user experience to a new level.

Here's an overview of how a headless application can be developed using Drupal.

steps for developing headless CMS using Drupal


Set Up A Drupal Instance

Set up a Drupal instance to serve as the backend CMS for the headless application. This can be done on a personal server or using a Drupal hosting service.


Define Content Types And Fields

In Drupal, define the content types and fields that will store data. For example, there might be a content type for ‘articles’ with fields for ‘title,’ ‘body,’ and ‘image.’


Create And Manage Content

Once content types and fields are defined, start creating and managing content in Drupal.


Build The Frontend

The frontend of a headless application can be built using frameworks like React or Angular. The frontend will make API requests to Drupal to retrieve and render the content for users.


Use Drupal's REST API

Drupal includes a REST API that allows organizations to retrieve and manipulate content stored in Drupal. Using the REST API in the frontend code is recommended to retrieve content from Drupal and display it in the application.


Deploy And Test

Once the frontend is developed and integrated with Drupal, deploy the headless application and test it to ensure it works as expected.

Migrating To Contentful

Migrating from Drupal 7 to Contentful involves moving content from Drupal 7 to the Contentful CMS. Here are the steps to carry out this migration.

Drupal 7 to Contentful


Export Drupal 7 Content

Export Drupal 7 content into a format that can be imported into Contentful. This can typically be done using a Drupal module such as Views Data Export.

Create A Contentful Space

Create a Contentful space to store content.


Define Content Models

In Contentful, define content models that match Drupal 7 content types. These models will define the content fields, such as text and image fields.


Import Drupal 7 Content Into Contentful

Once Drupal 7 content is exported, and a Contentful space is created, import content into Contentful using the Contentful CLI or the Contentful API.


Test Content

After content has been imported, test it in Contentful to ensure everything has been transferred correctly.


Update Frontend

If a frontend framework like React or Angular displays content, ensure the code is updated to retrieve content from Contentful instead of Drupal 7.


Deploy And Test

Next, deploy the new headless application and test it to ensure it works as expected.


Any of these three options can make sense depending on an organization's requirements. For example, organizations that need more time to gather resources should stick with Drupal 7 by opting for additional support while creating a migration or upgrade plan.

Alternatively, those looking to leverage the latest functionalities should consider upgrading to Drupal 10. Meanwhile, organizations seeking more user-friendly alternatives may explore migration to platforms like WordPress, Contentful, or headless solutions. If you're interested in learning more about migration options, feel free to explore our Drupal migration services.

Are you still unsure about what would work best for you?

The experts at Axelerant can help. Schedule a call to learn more.



How long will Drupal 7 be supported?
Drupal 7, launched on January 5, 2011, is scheduled to reach its official end of life on January 5, 2025. This date marks the conclusion of official Drupal 7 support by both the Drupal Association and the Drupal Security Team. Subsequently, there will be no further updates, security fixes, or enhancements provided for Drupal 7 by the Drupal community.
What is the alternative to Drupal 7?
The primary alternative to Drupal 7 is to migrate to a supported version of Drupal, such as Drupal 9 or Drupal 10. This migration ensures continued access to Drupal's features and security. Alternatively, organizations may explore other content management systems (CMS) like WordPress, Contentful, or opt for headless solutions, each offering distinct features to meet diverse requirements.
Is Drupal 7 vulnerable?
Drupal 7 websites hosted on Linux web servers are susceptible to vulnerabilities in specific file directory structures, particularly when utilizing vulnerable custom or contributed file access modules. The lack of official support for Drupal 7 as of January 5, 2025, increases the potential risks associated with security vulnerabilities.
When did Drupal 7 come out?
Drupal 7 was officially released on January 5, 2011, and celebrated with release parties across several countries. The release of Drupal 7 marked the discontinuation of maintenance for Drupal 5, leaving Drupal 7 and Drupal 6 as the actively maintained versions in the Drupal ecosystem.
About the Author
Gaurav Kapoor, Senior Drupal Engineer
About the Author

Gaurav Kapoor, Senior Drupal Engineer

Gaurav is a storyteller. An Arsenal FC fan, he also enjoys reading Amish Tripathi's works on Hindu Mythology. He has been spending every Friday evening at his favorite bar for more than two years now. Need a dose of sarcasm? He is your guy!

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