If you have a website running on Drupal, the writing is clearly on the wall –Drupal 8 is just around the corner. If you’re still running Drupal 6 however, you need to sit up and take notice. There are seriously compelling reasons for you to start planning your upgrade now. We outline 3 of the most relevant.

Should i Upgrade Drupal 6 website to Drupal 7 or Drupal 8 - Axelerant

Should i Upgrade Drupal 6 website to Drupal 7 or Drupal 8

Drupal 8 will end Community support for Drupal 6

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This is foremost. The release of Drupal 8 is imminent. A release date of late-2014 is predicted, which will also ring the official death-knell for Community Support for Drupal 6. No more new features, no more added functionality. Your site will more or less remain frozen in its present state, gradually becoming increasingly incompatible with newer technology and web services etc., inching ever closer towards an obsolete state. This by itself, is a good enough reason for you to start charting an upgrade path for your D6 website.

Compatibility with current technology

Newer versions of Drupal are much more compatible with current web technology and trends, like HTML5, CSS3, SASS, JavaScript etc. The upcoming Drupal 8 promises a raft of over 200 new features like accessibility improvements, better SEO, and HTML5 semantic fields. Core has been re-written from the ground up, for better functionality and performance, and it is designed to allow both novices and techies alike, to build better websites.

Drupal 8 Feature Highlights - Axelerant

Drupal 8 Feature Highlights

jQuery in Drupal 6 can be upgraded to a maximum version of 1.3.2, and version 1.7.3 for jQuery UI, which just does not cut it for a lot of User Interface features, and JavaScript requirements for current web technology. Drupal 7 ships with jQuery version 1.4.4, which can be further upgraded to 1.5.2. The jQuery Forms library has been updated to 2.36, and jQuery UI 1.8 is also available. These upgrades add lots of improvements to Drupal’s user experience.

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Security & Usability Upgrades

There are many security features that were lacking in D6, which D7 shipped with, like a much more secure log-in and password system, Cron for secure implementation of  scheduled tasks, one-click update of web updates of modules, and more. D7 also scores much higher on the Usability scale, with WYSIWYG content editing, drag-and-drop support for administrative tasks, administrative enhancements, permissions, built-in CCK, among many more.

Drupal 8 promises to make things even better once it comes out, if pre-release dev versions are anything to go by.

Conclusion

If you are using a Drupal 6 powered website, you should seriously consider the above, and start planning an upgrade immediately.

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    technology and trends, like HTML5, CSS3, SASS, JavaScript etc. The
    upcoming Drupal 8 promises a raft of over 200 new features like
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    performance, and it is designed to allow both novices and techies alike,
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