It has never been more critical to have a reliable Drupal 6 support team. With Drupal, the two most recent versions of the CMS receive community support meaning as of February 24, 2016, Drupal 6 is no longer supported. Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 are now the primary focus of the community.
What does that mean?
In a nutshell, Drupal 6 will no longer have core or module updates, including critical security updates, bug fixes, patches and improvements to modules.
From our perspective, it’s important to understand that without significant help from a team of Drupal developers your site is theoretically in a lockdown. It cannot be improved; there are no opportunities to enhance the functionality or security.
Tell me more about these vulnerabilities.
The benefit of using Drupal as an open source CMS is that it is backed by a global community of over one million developers, designers, editors, and other Drupal experts that are constantly working to help the software be as powerful and secure as possible.
What's more, Drupal’s strict coding and review standards are backed by a dedicated security team made up of dozens of experts from around the world. Together, these passionate Drupal-ers work to prepare and release fixes, fix security problems, and advise Drupal users of current vulnerabilities and how to deal with them. Thanks to this rigorous monitoring and support, most security issues are prevented entirely, and any vulnerabilities that may arise are detected early and dealt with immediately.
But again, this team only focuses on the most recent versions, now being Drupal 7 and 8.
So, should you upgrade?
Yes, this is definitely the ideal choice. Being on a supported version is always preferable to being on an unsupported version. You are very limited in a lockdown mode without an upgrade. We receive numerous questions about Drupal 6 support — or even for older versions such as Drupal 5.
These client questions revolve around time and money when discussing a potential upgrade. However, it is important to mention that supporting a website that is no longer supported by the Drupal community will be even more costly due to the severe vulnerability of the software.
What's the takeaway?
Due to the vulnerability of a Drupal 6 site, it’s more important than ever to have a dedicated Drupal 6 support team to proactively monitor your website. It also gives us the familiarity with your website to maximize our troubleshooting and efficiency if something does happen.
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