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The official end of support for Drupal 6 has been announced, effective February 24th of 2016. This means that as of late February 2016, the official Drupal community will no longer continue to provide security and bug fixes for the platform.
Drupal 6 end-of-life: what does it mean?
If you continue to run a Drupal 6 website, this means that your software will no longer enjoy official security and bug patches. As technology moves forward and time goes by, it is likely that at some point in the future your Drupal 6 website will fail to perform under modern server technology, or succumb to cyber attacks due to an emerging vulnerability that goes unattended for too long. Read more.
What are my options?
Upgrade to Drupal 7 or 8. Drupal has always been intended as an evolving platform. It is expected that you should upgrade your website every few years in order to enjoy the latest technology and features. Having been released in 2008, Drupal 6 has had a good run and it is now officially time to upgrade.
Continue to use Drupal 6. The end of official support does not mean the end of Drupal 6. Most low-risk websites up to date with the latest upgrades as of Feb 2016, will likely continue to run without issues for many years to come. When making this decision consider the importance of your website and the risk and exposure from a potential breach. To be on the safe side, consider extended Drupal 6 support from a Drupal support & maintenance company that has announced extended support for Drupal 6, like Acquia or Avenue Web Media. (If you know of a company that offers D6 support, please contact us to add it to the list.)
Looking for the best modules in the dense sea of contributed projects? Here are some important module lists that may help you choose.
The first one from Drupal.org, shows the most used modules:
- Project usage overview
Finally, from Lullabot, their top 40 list:
- Top 40 Projects
This is a 51min video of a Google Tech Talk (Oct 8, 2007). Geoff Butterfield, Senior Technical Producer at The George Lucas Educational Foundation, and Angie Byron of Lullabot give a thorough talk about Drupal development and implementation.
Drupal doesn't have a default WYSIWYG editor. If you want to use one there are many options available, mainly Tiny MCE and this one, my editor of choice, FCK Editor.
Here is a tutorial that goes over the installation of Drupal 6.2 - 7:22 secs.
The Drupal.org site has a great deal of information on how to theme for Drupal 6. Here is an overview with links to the longer articles.
If you have never themed Drupal before, you are probably wondering about what is involved in the process. Theming for Drupal requires an understanding of:
- Proper front-end web development: (x)HTML + CSS
- The Drupal terminology / theme content tags
- PHP knowledge is a plus, but not necessary
Here is a great screencast video that covers the steps necessary to upgrade a Drupal 5.x installation to Drupal 6.x. Make sure you also read these basic instructions on upgrading from Drupal 5.x, and the video should give you a more comfortable understanding of the steps involved.
Backup a lot and happy upgrading.
This is an extract from the Drupal 6 release announcement. If you are planning to upgrade from Drupal 5.x make sure you read this post carefully:
This is a basic video demonstrating the new Drag And Drop capabilities of the Drupal 6 interface. Its advantage becomes more apparent on the Blocks admin page that can get cluttered with larger sites.
Here is a 9m:24s video covering the installation of Drupal 6 and some of the new modules available with the latest release of Drupal, including OpenId and Actions + Triggers.