Drupal 7 will reach end-of-life in November of 2021

Drupal 7 was first released in January 2011. In November 2021, after over a decade, Drupal 7 will reach end of life (EOL). Official community support for version 7 will end, along with support provided by the Drupal Association on Drupal.org. This means that automated testing services for Drupal 7 will be shut down, and there will be no more updates provided by the Drupal Security Team. When this...
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Drupal admins: Another critical security update is coming for Drupal on Wednesday

Once again, the developers of Drupal are releasing an emergency patch for a critical vulnerability in the popular CMS. The critical security advisory issued on Monday indicates another patch will be released between 16:00 - 18:00 UTC on April 25th, 2018. Specific details of the vulnerability the patch will correct are unclear, as the developers have not provided any hints of the nature of the...
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Do not updated to Drupal 7.58

Following the remote code execution vulnerability discovered in all versions of Drupal released prior to 28th March 2018, and patched in Drupal 7.58 and Drupal 8.5.1, may have been hacked if they have not been updated to Drupal 7.58 (or 8.5.1) by Wednesday, 11th April 2018, may have been hacked after the Drupal security team became aware of automated attacks attempting to compromise Drupal 7...
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Security of Drupal 8.5 or below.

This post contains important, time sensitive information about the security of your website if you're running Drupal version 7.57 or below or Drupal 8.5 or below. If you're an O'Brien Media client with a Drupal website you'll probably be familiar with the periodic Drupal update emails we send out regarding how important it is to keep up to date with security patches and other updates for your...
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Drupal 7.56 and Drupal 8.3.4 – Security updates now available

Security releases for Drupal (Drupal 8 version 8.3.4 and Drupal 7 version 7.56) which contain fixes for security vulnerabilities are now available and it's advisable that any websites using earlier Drupal versions are upgraded as soon as possible to keep them secure and prevent hacks and unauthorised access, including information disclosure. We can upgrade your Drupal website for you with...
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What are effects of not updating your site?

Previously, we've covered why it's essential to keep your WordPress website, plugins and themes up to date and the same rules apply to sites running any content management system (Drupal, Zencart, Joomla!, etc) but what if you don't? What, aside from the security implications, are there for your website? First of all, you're going to have to update your website software at some point, let...
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How we cut Drupal website load time by 66% using a content delivery network

We're always trying out new ways to speed up websites to improve user experience and help to reduce waiting times for visitors (and improve conversion and reduce visitor bounce rate) so last week we set up our own website to use a content delivery network (or CDN for short). We wanted to see if using a CDN was really making a difference to the speed of our website so we carried out a little...
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Drupal 7.50 has been released

Drupal 7.50, the latest release in the Drupal 7 series as of 8th July 2016, is now available for installation on websites running the 7 series of Drupal. Drupal 7.50 contains a variety of new features, performance improvements, security-related enhancements, and bug fixes - the 7.50 release itself includes no security fixes (although if you haven't installed previous updates the 7.50 release...
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Building pages with Drupal (or what are nodes, blocks, views and panels?)

As with most tasks you’ll face when creating or managing a website using the Drupal content management system (CMS) there are multiple ways to create and display content. In this article we’ll look at the four main content creation, curation and display methods that we use when building sites for clients. Nodes Nodes are items of content, based around a collection of content fields – so...
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Our favourite spam bot prevention modules for Drupal 7

Drupal has a number of modules designed to help websites combat comment and contact form spam generated by automated systems known as "bots", in this article we're going to focus on using a few of the best modules available to combat this ever growing annoyance. CAPTCHA It's best to think of the CAPTCHA module for Drupal as a framework or pathway to adding in different types of CAPTCHA checks -...
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