Mastering Drupal’s Evolution: Essential Insights for Upgrading Beyond Drupal 7



Drupal is a powerful and flexible content management system (CMS) that empowers organizations to build and manage their websites and applications effectively. As the platform evolves and releases new versions, organizations often face the challenge of migrating or upgrading their existing Drupal implementations to stay up-to-date with the latest features and security enhancements.

As we approach the end of life (EOL) for Drupal 7 (D7) on January 5th, 2025, it’s time to start planning your migration strategy. Upgrading a large or complex Drupal site is a significant task. It requires a significant amount of time and resources. In this blog, we will explore various approaches for D7 users to plan for D10 migration and upgradation while discussing the advantages and challenges of each approach.

D7 “End-of-Life”

Dries Buytaert has announced that D7 is scheduled to stop receiving support January 5, 2025, with no further extension. This would lead to a decline in the average weekly global D7 usage, as stated in 2023. D7 users will receive lesser community support as more sites upgrade from D7 leading to incremental support costs, no new features, limited maintainer resources, no security update patches, all adding to an outdated website experience.

The good news is that with another 18 months to go for the D7 EOL, current users can plan for a smooth transition to D10. We’ve listed a few scenarios depending on where you stand on the roadmap to continued usage and migration.

Scenario 1: Continue using D7 after End-of-Life 

While the extension may bring relief to D7 users, it also prompts current D7 users to make the move to D10 as D9 will cease to be supported when Symfony 4 reaches its end of life in November 2023. This makes the migration to the latest version like D10 even more critical. If you still continue to use the outdated version, you’ll face challenges including:

  1. Vulnerable website security: As D7 EOL approaches, security assistance is focused on D10, leaving a significant security gap for D7 users. This will pose serious risks of non-adherence to data security standards.
  2. Outdated editorial experience: D10 users benefit from a new default admin UI – Claro that provides a modern UI experience as compared to D7’s default theme that doesn’t work well with modern JavaScript components.
  3. Incremental costs: As Drupal community & hosting partners slowly withdraw support for D7, finding external assistance will be complicated and expensive for D7 users.
  4. API integration challenges: Drupal provides a secure API infrastructure that assists in building an integrated digital experience for end-users. However, if you decide to continue with D7, integration with third-party tools and systems will get more challenging as the tech evolves.

To sum up, the time to start planning your migration is now. With D7 gradually losing support, the obsolete CMS, if not upgraded on time, can severely compromise the performance of your digital assets.

Scenario 2: An in-house D7 to D10 Migration

Handling a Drupal migration in-house can be an option for organizations with a capable and experienced IT team. This approach may seem cost-effective at first, but it can pose significant challenges, particularly for complex websites in terms of cost and time taken to complete the migration.

An in-house migration will bring the following challenges and benefits:

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Scenario 3: Migrate from D7 to D10 with a Drupal Agency

Many organizations opt to collaborate with a specialized Drupal agency for their migration and upgradation needs. Though this approach leverages experts, potentially reducing the migration and upgrade risks. Yet, it can present its own challenges and offers limited benefits including:

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Scenario 4: Streamline your migration to D10 with Our Accelerators and Experts

To overcome the challenges faced in the previous scenarios, consider a more streamlined process. Our expertise lies in years of experience in handling Drupal migration and upgradation projects. With a streamlined process, our experienced team, and the use of accelerators, we can complete your D10 upgrade within the committed timeframe. This allows you to concentrate on your business while we manage all the aspects of Drupal migration.

Your business will additionally benefit from:

  • Expert Drupal Migration Services: Our Drupal experts have successfully executed numerous migration projects. They are well equipped to predict and analyze what kinds of issues you may encounter during and after the migration process, how to deal with them, and recommend the best available options for your specific situation.
  • Reduced Downtime: Our experts can help you minimize downtime during the migration process, ensuring that your website remains accessible to users throughout the transition.
  • Module and theme evaluation: We will evaluate D7 modules and themes to determine their compatibility with D10 and identify deprecated modules and recommend suitable replacements.
  • Testing and quality assurance: Rigorous testing of your D10 site will be conducted to ensure all functionalities work as expected including extensive quality assurance checks, identifying and addressing any compatibility issues, bugs, or performance bottlenecks.
  • Performance optimization: Your D10 website will need to be reviewed for optimization including caching mechanisms, database configurations, and server settings to ensure optimal performance and scalability. By leveraging D10’s performance enhancements, our team will help maximize your site’s efficiency.
  • Security enhancements: By updating security configurations, applying necessary patches, and implementing best practices to protect your site from potential vulnerabilities, we will ensure your D10 site is secure and well-protected.
  • Documentation and training: We will provide comprehensive documentation of the migration process, including steps taken, customizations made, and important considerations. This documentation will serve as a valuable resource for future reference and troubleshooting. Additionally, we can offer training sessions to your team, ensuring they are familiar with D10’s interface and features.


With a timely D10 migration, your business benefits will soar, thanks to D10’s new features and our market expertise in implementing the following improvisations:

  • Enhanced Accessibility: D10 prioritizes accessibility compliance, making it easier for enterprises to create inclusive and accessible digital experiences. It provides improved support for accessibility standards and guidelines, ensuring that websites meet the necessary requirements.
  • API-First Approach: It embraces an API-first architecture that enables you to leverage the power of headless or decoupled Drupal. This approach allows seamless integration with various front end frameworks, mobile applications, and IoT devices, it provides flexibility in delivering content across multiple channels.
  • Improved Multilingual Support: Enterprises operating in global markets often require multilingual capabilities. D10 offers enhanced multilingual support, including improvements in language handling, translation workflows, and content translation management. This empowers enterprises to deliver localized experiences to their diverse user base.
  • Advanced Content Authoring and Workflow: D10 enhances content authoring and workflow capabilities, allowing enterprises to streamline their content creation and publishing processes. It offers an intuitive and user-friendly editing experience, advanced media management, revision control, and customizable editorial workflows, enabling efficient content collaboration and governance.
  • Robust Security and Compliance: D10 continues to prioritize security and compliance, providing enterprises with a secure foundation for their websites. It incorporates the latest security best practices, offers regular security updates, and follows industry standards, making it a reliable choice for enterprises with stringent security and compliance requirements.
  • Scalability and Performance Improvements: Enterprises often handle high traffic volumes and require a scalable and performant website. D10 introduces performance improvements, including faster page loading times, optimized caching mechanisms, and scalability enhancements, ensuring smooth and responsive user experiences even under heavy loads.
  • Improved Configuration Management: Managing complex configurations across multiple environments can be a challenge for enterprises. D10 simplifies configuration management with improvements to the configuration system. It offers better import/export capabilities, configuration synchronization, and staging workflows, facilitating efficient deployment and management of configuration changes.
  • Enterprise-grade Extensibility and Integrations: D10 provides robust extensibility options, enabling enterprises to integrate with third-party systems, tools, and services seamlessly. It offers a wide range of contributed modules, APIs, and integration capabilities, allowing enterprises to extend Drupal’s functionality and integrate with their existing technology stack.


These new features and improvements in D10 empower your enterprise to build and manage robust, scalable, and secure websites that meet specific business requirements. It will provide your team with a future-proof platform that delivers exceptional digital experiences to customers while maintaining control, security, and compliance.

Time to Act: Start Your Drupal 7 to Drupal 10 Migration Today

Given the timelines, it’s crucial to start planning now and include the D7 to D10 migration in your 2024 budget. Don’t wait until the last minute – start your migration journey today and ensure a smooth transition to D10.

Drupal migration and upgradation are critical to keep your website up-to-date and secure. While in-house migration can be a challenging task with potential complexities and time consumption, collaborating with the right partner can reduce risks and provide expert guidance. Opting for our services in the migration process will offer you the best of both worlds: expertise, efficiency, reduced time consumption, and compliance with the latest industry standards in the Drupal community. So, if you’re planning a D7 migration to D10, begin your journey with us and ensure a smooth transition for your website. Stay current, secure, and deliver an exceptional digital experience to your users with the Best Drupal Development Service providers. Contact us today!