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Finally, after many months of development, the 2.0.0 release of the Platform is complete!

This release sees the Platform switch from using version 9 of Drupal Content Management System (CMS) to version 10. As Drupal 9 is scheduled to reach end of life in November this year, it is key for sites to upgrade to Drupal 10 beforehand, so that they remain secure.

Drupal 9 to 10 graphic

Version 2.0.0 of the Platform is already in production usage on subscriber sites, with North Herts Council's website being the first subscriber site we upgraded. We believe this is also the first UK council web using Drupal 10.

North Herts Council website screenshot
A screenshot of the North Herts Council website

We will continue to go through the gears and roll out the 2.0.0 release to subscriber sites over the coming week, monitoring error logs on a daily basis to ensure nothing has been missed.

This update will be applied at no extra cost to subscribers, and represents a huge cost saving.

As an example of the level of cost saving, we are currently upgrading a number of bespoke Drupal 9 based client sites, and these typically take between 20 and 30 days to complete (circa £15,000 to £20,000 of development time).

In addition, as all Platform sites "herd together" using a common core codebase, so the risk of bugs caused by such a major upgrade is significantly reduced, mitigating a potential headache for subscriber website managers.

If you're interested in moving your website to Council Platform then please contact us, and we'd be happy to run you though what's involved, the benefits, and provide access to a demo Council Platform website for you to explore.