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In September 2023, Umbraco 7 became unsupported

Since September 2023, Umbraco 7 became unsupported by Umbraco HQ. They had only been providing security updates, and with the release of Umbraco 13, Umbraco 7's illustrious journey has come to an end.

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What does Umbraco 7 End of Life mean for your website?

Good question. If you are a business, your Umbraco 7 website will be unsupported by the head office and, in turn, unsupportable by your web agency. It would be best if you put a plan in place to migrate your Umbraco website to the latest version.

Why has Umbraco 7 been retired?

Umbraco 7 was first released in 2013 and is now classed as legacy software. It isn't feasible to continue supporting software when technology has moved on.

Why do I have to migrate and not just upgrade Umbraco?

Some fundamental changes to the code and the database infrastructure have made upgrading impossible, so you must migrate to the latest version of Umbraco.

What does migrating to Umbraco 13 mean?

This means integrating your front-end code with the Umbraco 13 back-end. This process could be a significant piece of work dependent on:

  • Solution size
  • Number of templates and components
  • Third-party systems integration

You will have the opportunity to streamline and improve the user experience, technical SEO, solution architecture, accessibility, sustainability, and system functionality.

Can I redesign my website when migrating from Umbraco 7? 

In addition to streamlining your solution while migrating from Umbraco 7, it is an excellent time to consider a new web design or user interface (UI). Use this time to make improvements to User Experience and Conversion Rate Optimisation.

Will my Umbraco website continue to work after September 2023?

Absolutely. Although I.T. should be concerned about data security and risk, marketers should be concerned with performance and the cost of launching new features on legacy software (invest in the Umbraco 10/11 migration instead).

Should I migrate from Umbraco 7 to Umbraco 11?

It is common sense to migrate your solution to the latest major version of Umbraco. GrowCreate will always recommend migrations, support, and continuous improvements to get the most out of your solution. This means that you can access new features and remain secure and supported.

If Umbraco 7's End-Of-Life is in September 2023, have I missed my chance to upgrade?

Leading up to September 2023, good Umbraco agencies have been busy working with companies to migrate their solutions to Umbraco 11. You've missed the September 2023 deadline from a security perspective, but you could be engaging your agency right now and planning how and when this will be done. You'll also need to include time for User Acceptance Testing and Content.

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Do you have a question about Umbraco upgrades or migration?

GrowCreate has been an Umbraco Partner for over 10 years and is available to support web managers and marketers with free advice on upgrading Umbraco. Contact Ainsley McWilliams with any questions.

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