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When was Drupal 8 released?

Drupal 8 was released on 19 November 2015 according to the Drupal.org Drupal 8 development cycle page.

Is it too early to upgrade to Drupal 8?

No. Drupal 8 is now at version 8.3.X and is the recommended Drupal distribution for any new Drupal projects. In October 2017 when Drupal 8.4.0 is scheduled for release, Drupal 8 will have reached LTS (Long Term Support) status. This means that it will be fully supported (for bug fixes and security fixes) at least until 3 months after the 9.x LTS release comes out. This will give you a number of years before an upgrade to Drupal 9 needs to be made.

It is also worth pointing out here that Drupal 9 will essentially be the same as the last Drupal 8 point release (minus deprecated code). What this means is that it is unlikely that any major architectural refactoring will be necessary between Drupal 8 and Drupal 9, thus making a core version upgrade between versions a much simpler process.

Virtually all of the new projects that we involved with now, we would expect to build them on Drupal 8 unless there are extenuating circumstances.

Is it a big job to upgrade to Drupal 8?

It depends. The upgrade process is much more straightforward than the upgrade process from Drupal 6 to 7, but still comes with its own challenges.

What makes Drupal 8 so special?

  • Improved mobile support: You'll notice this most on the Drupal administration pages.
  • Better multi-lingual support: D7 was better than D6 at handling multiple languages, but D8 takes it to the next level.
  • Configuration Management: A better process for capturing the Drupal config.
  • Accessibility / HTML5 / Twig: Overhaul of the front-end technologies to improve accessibility and the theming layer.
  • More functional core: With more options for structuring data and rendering content.
  • Usage of external libraries: That make Drupal even more powerful and flexible.
  • Drupal 8 can use BigPipe technology which can result in much quicker page renderings. For uncached pages, this will yield an improved visitor experience.

How long will Drupal 8 be around for?

A long time. The time gap between the release of Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 was not far off 5 years, and if it takes a similar period between Drupal 8 and Drupal 9, then we can be assured of Drupal 8 support until well past 2020.