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By PowerCignexUser | 30 Jul 2021

“The best way to prepare yourself for tomorrow is to give your best today.” When a new product is released, it generates a lot of buzz. It's no different with Drupal 9. This enthusiasm is understandable, as new Drupal versions open up new digital possibilities. Because today's interactions with potential clients have migrated to the digital world, websites play a significant important role.

Our Drupal development team is available to answer any inquiries you may have! We previously provided you with a step by step Drupal development guide for website owners, and now that Drupal 9 is available, it's time to revisit it and answer all of your questions about the Drupal 9 release.

Drupal 9 new features – What are the new features of Drupal 9?

Drupal 9 is a cleaned-up version of Drupal 8. It is very similar to Drupal 9 and updated to include the latest versions of third-party dependencies. One of Drupal 9's best features is how simple it is to upgrade. Drupal 9 has all of the power, capability, and ease of use needed to be a true enterprise-ready tool, with features that rival any CMS on the market.
Marketers, content writers, and designers will find it much easier to use. JSON with Drupal's API-first approach: Websites with an API at their core are more open to third-party integration and multi-channel reach.

Features of Drupal 9 –

  • Easy to upgrade to Drupal 9
  • Get the latest of Symfony, Composer, Twig, PHP, CKEditor and more
  • Receive community support and security fixes after Drupal 8 EOL November 2021
  • Drupal 9 minor upgrade versions will be backwards compatible to Drupal 9

What’s new in Drupal

What’s new in Drupal 9.0 (Image Credits - Drupal.org)

What are the migration options for users currently on Drupal 7? 

People can use the Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 migration path provided into Drupal 9 once Drupal 9 is released. You'll get a version that includes all of Drupal 9's features. Multilingual support, third-party connectors, mobile compatibility, increased accessibility, notable upgrades for content editors, and improved configuration management are just a few of the features.

The concern is whether or not the extensions you're using are already compatible with Drupal 9. Drupal has 9,000 extensions, with over 2,200 of them already compatible with Drupal 9. Every week, hundreds of extensions are introduced. The majority of individuals discover that most (if not all) of their extensions are already Drupal 9 compatible, so you can upgrade from Drupal 7 to Drupal 9.

Will support for Drupal 7 extend beyond November 2021?

Both Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 community support will terminate in November 2021. Acquia, on the other hand, is a member of the Drupal 7 Vendor Extended Support Program and will provide commercial Drupal 7 support until 2024.

What are the benefits of upgrading from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9?

Drupal 9 has a lot of exciting new features planned. Furthermore, upgrading from D8 to D9 is simple and involves actions that you would have to take otherwise. To upgrade from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9, you'll need to remove any deprecated code and update your site to the most recent minor version of Drupal 8. In any event, you'll need these updates to take use of all of the new features that have appeared since D8 to Drupal9, as well as to improve the security of your site.

What migration tools are advised to help with the Drupal 9 upgrade?

Drupal 9 offers the same migration features as Drupal 8.9; therefore you may use your existing migration tools to migrate to Drupal 9. Following are the key tools we recommend:

  • The Core Migrate Module suite - migrate your site's content and configuration.
  • The Upgrade Status Module - Displays information about the availability of contributed projects.
  • The Upgrade Rector module for Drupal 8 sites automates the updating of numerous common deprecated codes to Drupal 9 compatible code.
  • The Drupal Module Upgrader - Scans and converts old code on your Drupal 7 site.

What accessibility features will be included in Drupal 9?

Drupal 9 will carry on the strong commitment to accessibility that began with Drupal 7. Drupal's Core Accessibility Gate, which is required for any core updates, is a big statement of commitment to accessibility initiatives, ensuring that each new feature is accessible right out of the box.

What enhancement can we expect in Drupal 9 security?

Drupal 9 will be more secured with new security features and upgrades. D9 will be more secure and compatible with new generation system requirements. Drupal 9 eliminates deprecated code, resulting in a smaller codebase. This means that there are fewer opportunities for potential security threats or blunders.

How do I prepare for Drupal 9?

The primary requirement is to update your website to Drupal 8.8 or 8.9, update your website modules and themes. Review your site for deprecated APIs and functions and replace them with new alternatives, and that you’re hosting server be running PHP 7.3 or higher.

Join us in upgrading to Drupal 9!

Apart from the above mentioned common Drupal 9 questions, our Drupal experts will be happy to answer any of your questions. As an Acquia Partner, CIGNEX can provide full suite of Drupal 9 related services including Update, migration, design, development, strategy, integration and 24x7 support and maintenance. Till date CIGNEX has implemented over 200 Drupal projects and has a team of 70+ developers who are certified on various versions of Drupal. Not only this, the team has made 3200+ contributions to the code base of Drupal.

CIGNEX is a leading Drupal development company offering different web solutions like Drupal consulting, development, support services. CIGNEX offers enterprise grade solutions which are developed by our Drupal 7, Drupal 8, and Drupal 9 certified developers. The aim is to provide efficient, effective, and tailored Drupal solutions to match the specific demands of your business.

CIGNEX offer 8 hours of FREE consulting for the Upgrade from Drupal 8 to 9. Get in touch with us for free consultancy session.  Contact us for digital transformation of your enterprise!