Upgrade your UMN Drupal websites
Drupal 7 will reach end-of-life in November 2022 (see extended support details below) and Drupal 8 reaches end-of-life for the University at the end of July 2021. As a result, all University Drupal Enterprise and Lite websites need to be transitioned to the newest version, Drupal 9. Once end-of-life is reached, support is no longer provided by the community at large, and the Drupal Security Team will no longer support or announce security advisories for core or contributed modules, themes, or other projects.
This page provides step-by-step instructions and other resources to help you transition your websites by the deadline.
Prepare for the Transition
Follow these instructions to prepare both Drupal Enterprise and Drupal Lite sites for the transition.
Determine who is moving your site
If you are unsure which site(s) you own/administer, contact Technology Help for assistance.
Option 1: Move your site(s) in-house
If your team has a web developer (or someone in a similar role) who can move your site, refer to the "Move your website to Drupal 8" section below.
Option 2: Use a contractor to move your site
If you are unable to complete the transition in-house, the University of Minnesota has created a list of pre-approved contractors who can transition your Drupal sites for you.
To access the list, visit the U-Wide Agreement Website.
- Select "Category" to sort alphabetically
- Scroll down to the "Drupal Consultant" category
- View agreements
Create a Content Inventory
To ensure that you can efficiently move your website, create a content inventory and start sorting through your content. This will give you an opportunity to review your entire site, so you can move important content and remove unnecessary content.
Budget enough time to move your site(s)
Plan for 6 months to a year for this work to be completed for each of your websites. Review the transition timeline to ensure you budget enough time.
- June 2019: Transition was announced
- November 2020: All new Drupal sites are created in Drupal 9 by default
- January 2021: UMN no longer creates new websites in Drupal 8
- July 2021: Deadline to move Drupal 7 sites to Drupal 8 for OIT to update them to Drupal 9
- November 2021: Drupal 8 reaches end-of-life; deadline to move Drupal 8 sites to Drupal 9
- November 2022: Drupal 7 reaches end-of-life; deadline to move Drupal 7 sites to Drupal 9
Transition a Drupal Lite Site
Option 1 (Recommended): Wait for the OIT Drupal Team to migrate your site
- During the next year, OIT will continue to reach out to site owners to discuss the migration steps
- OIT will contact you when we are ready to migrate your site
- Once your site is migrated, we will work with you to schedule the launch of your Drupal Lite 9 site
- You will still need to verify the content on your site and make any adjustments for Drupal Lite 9
- If you would prefer your site to be moved by OIT in the upcoming months, fill out this form and you will be moved up to the top of the list
Move your website to Drupal 9
Request a Drupal 9 site
Rebuild your site in Drupal 9
Refer to the Drupal User Guide when building your new website.
Important: Avoid using deprecated code and modules when you are building your Drupal 9 site. The first release of Drupal 9 will remove deprecated code and update dependencies to newer versions.
Move content to your new site as needed
Use the Folwell Web Theme
The University strongly recommends using the Folwell Web Theme, a resource library with design and code already in place. This will save you time because Folwell is packaged with your Drupal enterprise 9 site. You can use it as designed or add your own customizations to work with your unit's identity.
If you have questions about the Folwell Web Theme, visit the Folwell support site.
Complete your transition by November 2022
If you currently have a Drupal 7 site...
You have two ways to approach the transition of your Drupal 7 site:
- If you want the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to update your site from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9, you must transition your site to Drupal 8 by July 2021.
- If you want to take advantage of the extra year of support for Drupal 7, you must move your sites directly into Drupal 9 by November 2022, skipping Drupal 8 altogether.
If you currently have a Drupal 8 site…
If your site is in Drupal 8 by July 2021, OIT will transition your site to Drupal 9 for you. Note: Before OIT can migrate your site, make sure your Drupal 8 site is compliant for Drupal 9.