Upgrade / Migrate Drupal 6 to 9, 7 to 9, 8 to 9

Drupal 6, 7, 8 and 9

Drupal 9, the latest incarnation of one of the world's leading website development and content management systems, has arrived.  Drupal 8 and 9 have introduced a wide range of new features, including:

  • Enhanced content creation and editing features
  • Harnessing some of the latest web technologies
  • More features, like Views, moved to Drupal core - less need for contributed modules
  • Caching and CSS/JS aggregration 'out of the box' for faster page loading
  • Responsive straight away - administer your site on mobile devices
  • Integrations with a number of web services

What are the key dates?

As of June 2020, the timeline is:

  • Drupal 6 community support ended in February 2016
  • Drupal 7 community support ends in November 2022
  • Drupal 8 community support ends in November 2021 (a year earlier than Drupal 7)
  • Drupal 9 will be supported until the end of 2023

Community support means the official support of the development community in keeping Drupal and modules up to date. Once this has ended, paid-for 'extended support' is available for a further period.

This means that there have been no more community-published software updates for Drupal 6 for over 4 years, so security vulnerabilities and other issues won't be patched up unless you pay for a service which includes them being created and maintained. In turn, this will be the case for Drupal 7 and 8 from late 2021.  The potential security risk should be of significant concern to website owners and users but in any case it may well be time to move on from software launched many, many years ago.

What to do

If you're running Drupal 6, you need to seriously consider upgrading your site immediately.  Drupal 9 is the latest and greatest version, and is the best way to go for standard informational and e-commerce websites, but some add-on modules you're currently using might not have Drupal 9 equivalents, so a migration may need some extra-careful planning.

If you're running Drupal 7, you should consider an upgrade / migration now, although you have a little more time.  At the time of writing (June 2020) there is less urgency than with Drupal 6 but a Drupal 7 to 9 migration can be challenging so don't leave it until the last minute.

If you're running Drupal 8, you have around a year less with Drupal 7 to upgrade but the upgrade path between 8 and 9 is fairly straightforward, especially if you've been keeping your Drupal 8 site up to date.

With upgrades from Drupal 6 or 7, your theme (design template) will need significant modifications to work with a newer version of Drupal, so we recommend taking this opportunity to select and install a brand new, modern and responsive design rather than trying to modify your current one.

Upgrade / migrate Drupal yourself

The Drupal team have provided a number of tools to advise you on how complex or otherwise a Drupal update could be.  In addition, they also provide some migration tools within Drupal itself.  You may wish to check whether these tools would allow you to upgrade / migrate Drupal by yourself.  It can still be quite a technical process even with these tools, but if you are confident and are happy to follow all of the steps, this may be an option for you.

How we can help

Having worked with a range of Drupal sites for well over a decade, we are pleased to offer a number of fixed price managed upgrade services for your Drupal website.

Drupal upgrade packages from Enbecom Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 Drupal 7 to Drupal 9 Drupal 6 to Drupal 9
When this option is suitable You're already running a Drupal 8-based site and want to move to the latest and greatest! To keep your site running smoothly and securely beyond November 2021 Your site is starting to fail and/or you're concerned about the security risks
Full audit of your current site, looking at Drupal core, add-on modules, libraries, theme and complexity Yes Yes Yes
Checking your current web hosting to make sure it will be compatible with the new Drupal version Yes Yes Yes
Detailed, personalised proposal for how your site will be upgraded Yes Yes Yes
If an add-on module does not exist in the newer version of Drupal, we look for a similar module and make minor modifications Yes Yes Yes
Keep your content - articles, pages, views, forum posts, etc Yes Yes Yes
Keep your e-commerce content - products, customers, orders Yes Yes Yes
Full backup of your existing site taken (where your hosting allows) and sent to you Yes Yes Yes
All upgrade work carried out, from start to finish Yes Yes Yes
New theme (design template) installed - your choice, as long as it is compatible (we will advise) Yes Yes Yes
In-depth testing of your new site on a number of devices Yes Yes Yes
Offers included with this service (all optional)
Want us to proactively look out for and install security and other software updates?  Get the first month of this service for £1 Yes Yes Yes
Want to move your web hosting?  We guarantee our hosting is compatible with Drupal 7, 8 and 9.
We'll do all the work to transfer your website for FREE (ongoing web hosting charges apply).
Yes Yes Yes
Fixed package price
if you have 10 or fewer add-on modules
£299 + VAT
plus the cost of your chosen new design theme (usually £50-£75)
£449 + VAT
plus the cost of your chosen new design theme (usually £50-£75)
£799 + VAT
plus the cost of your chosen new design theme (usually £50-£75)
Fixed package price
if you have 11 to 20 add-on modules
£399 + VAT
plus the cost of your chosen new design theme (usually £50-£75)
£649 + VAT
plus the cost of your chosen new design theme (usually £50-£75)
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plus the cost of your chosen new design theme (usually £50-£75)

Does your site qualify?


These fixed-price packages are usually available to you if:

  • None of your Drupal code (Drupal core, add-on modules, libraries) has been modified from the officially distributed versions
  • You have no custom modules (this includes modules developed specifically for your website and modules which aren't available via drupal.org)
  • Your current Drupal core and add-on modules are all up-to-date within their current Drupal version (if not, we can provide a quote for doing this)
  • Your modules have equivalents (same module or similar) in the newer version of Drupal, or you are happy for unavailable functionality to be removed
  • Your chosen new theme (design template) does not require any layout or other code modifications from its 'off the shelf' state
  • You can provide full, unrestricted access to your web hosting, Drupal site and underlying database
  • Your current web hosting meets or exceeds the system requirements for the new version of Drupal you want to run, or you would like us to host your updated website


If one or more of the above requirements are not met, please contact us for a personalised quote.

Provision of all services is subject to Enbecom Terms & Conditions. 

What about Drupal 8? Is it worth upgrading to that for now?

The development team has confirmed that the difference and upgrade path between Drupal 8 and 9 is not as large as, say, between Drupal 6 or 7 and 8. So that your site's continues to be supported for as long as possible we recommend moving to Drupal 9 now except if the modules you need are not currently available. We offer upgrades to Drupal 8 at similar rates to Drupal 9 - please contact us for a tailored quote.

What if you order one of our packages and your site can't be upgraded?


We guarantee that if you order a fixed price upgrade package and your site can't be upgraded as part of that package, we'll offer an alternative option where possible or you'll only pay for your website and hosting audit (£45+ VAT).

There are a few situations where the services or prices above cannot be offered, even if the above guideline specification is met, such as when there are very complex sets of access rules, views, blocks and other settings, or when the content itself is particularly complex.  Also, there are some sites which cannot be upgraded using our standard process or, exceptionally, not at all.  If any of this is the case, you will be given a quote for the additional work.  If you don't want the work carried out, we'll only charge you £45 + VAT for the work done on the audit and report for your site and web hosting.  If you've already paid for your Drupal upgrade package, we'll retain just the audit fee and will happily and quickly refund the balance.

If you're ordering one of our fixed-price upgrade packages, you should check that your site meets the requirements above, before ordering.

Get started on your Drupal upgrade right now.

Contact us to get started Be sure to include 'Drupal Upgrade' and your current version as part of your message.