Status of Drupal 6

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.)

Move to another platform. Depending on the complexity of your website, the cost to upgrade to Drupal 7 or 8 can be high, in many instances comparable to the cost of starting again with a new website. Since Drupal 6 has been around for a while, these days it is possible to replicate much of the functionality of your Drupal 6 website on any of many popular platforms.