Drupal Core and Module Updates: Things Every Drupal Website Owner Must Know

Jan
18

Household appliances, various gadgets, clothes or other stuff that we use everyday tend to become worn-out. What do we usually do in such cases? Try and make it look brand new again. Everything needs to be kept up — or if it is your website, updated. If not taken care of, in time it might weaken or even break down.

Think of the day when your website was finally launched. Now you have big goals, prepare your content, announce regular news items, post blog posts, communicate with your customers, and sell products on your shining Drupal site. Lots of time and financial investment went into this website, but you will eventually wear it out. We live in the world of quick development and everything progresses, so your site will start to grow in content and receive significant changes that will require you to get rid of some things and perfect others.

Drupal Updates

Working on Drupal we have access to built in tools that let us know when we need to give our Drupal installation the attention it needs. If you know how to use these tools and where to find them, it will help you to keep your Drupal site healthy, running and up to date. There are some indicators created to understand which of the updates are more important or urgent than others.

In the security section (https://www.drupal.org/security) you can find out about the latest security updates, how critical they are, what the possibles exploits are and where you can find the update to patch it. You can also subscribe to the mailing list to receive notifications when things are updated in this section. The Drupal administration panel indicates that your Drupal site needs attention as well.

When you click on any of available updates you will be on the following section of your site: http://yoursite.com/admin/reports/updates/update. This page will contain a list of modules that need updating. It will also indicate if your Drupal core needs updating as well, and provide you with a link to download these updates. All security updates are indicated in red.

There is also another page which demonstrates all your website needs (http://yoursite.com/admin/reports/updates). Now you may wonder "What do all these colors mean?". Red means "Emergency!". These are critical security patches. The yellow highlighted items are updates that are not critical and are not security patches. They will usually have some useful bug fixes or brand new features that pertains to the module. You’ll also notice several green listings. This means that the module is completely up to date and you don’t need to worry about it yet. There also will be grey ones. Usually these are for a custom module. The more modules you have, the more often you’ll need to likely update.

Closing Thoughts

Using these recommendations, you’ll be able to know when your Drupal site will require attention. Knowing what to look for and where to look is a great first step! When your Drupal core and modules are updated it keeps your Drupal site up to date. However, all these updates should be done by the team of skilled and professional people, who know and understand what and where to look for and how to cope with all complications arising during this process. Drudesk team can help you to update your Drupal website up to the latest version. Your customers will be happy and your business will flourish!

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