Magento 1 end of life - What are your options?

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably had some fantastic times on the Magento 1 platform. It’s had a huge impact globally, setting the benchmarks for collaborative, flexible ecommerce. It created an enviable marketplace with thousands of available extensions. And saw a quarter million businesses transacting billions in revenues. It set the pace and changed the game.

But change is constant. Magento’s made a major announcement, worldwide, back in 2017, that it will no longer be supporting all Magento 1 Enterprise versions up to 1.14 and all Magento 1 Community versions up to 1.9.6 from June 2020. We bid a fond farewell to Magento 1 and hello to the exciting world of new possibilities on Magento 2.

Upgrading to Magento 2?

Magento version 1.9 was originally released in 2014 and has been supported since then with regular security updates. Over this time, Magento simultaneously invested significantly into developing Magento 2. In 2017 Magento announced its intention to end support for Magento 1 by June 2020, giving businesses plenty of notice to think about their options and start budgeting and planning for their migration to a new platform.

And there’s never been a better time to upgrade to the latest version of Magento 2.3. Magento have invested a ton of money making the latest version of Magento, now known as Magento Commerce (previously Enterprise) and Magento Open Source (previously cCommunity) one of, if not, the most customisable and agile ecommerce platforms available on the market today, giving your business flexibility like no other ecommerce system can.

Trusted by over 300,000 businesses and merchants, making the move to Magento 2 for many retailers is the natural decision and thousands of companies worldwide have already upgraded and are reaping the benefits of the latest ecommerce technology.

With June 2020 now rapidly approaching, those retailers wishing to make the move to Magento 2 ahead of the June deadline need to start making some speedy decisions on greenlighting the move with their current ecommerce partner, or if looking to move agencies, shortlist their preferred agency partners and securing their web build slot as soon as possible. It is likely many agencies now will be very busy up to and beyond June 2020 with Magento 2 builds. Securing an agency and agreeing a timeline to make the migration, with a focus on minimizing the number of months live on Magento 1 post June 2020 should be a key priority for a business.

Check out the retailers who upgraded from M1 to Magento 2 in recent months.

What do you need to know if you’re planning to stay on Magento 1?

Some businesses may be thinking they will stay put on Magento 1. Performance may be strong and significant investments made. There could be a whole host of reasons as to why a business may wish to stay on Magento 1 for the foreseeable future.

However there are some factors to be aware of.

  • Businesses should be aware, if their PHP is no longer maintained, they are leaving themselves open to vulnerability and potential security risks.
  • The longer you stay on Magento 1, the more potentially at risk your online business may be to hacks and potential compromises of your data.
  • Many of the module suppliers and payment providers will also no longer be supporting and upgrading their modules for Magento 1.   So this poses further areas of vulnerabilities that a business should be aware of.
  • And if there is a security breach, heavy fines can be levied by the ICO and payment providers.

Bottom line is Magento 1 will no longer be supported by Magento for upgrades post June 2020. Without regular upgrades and security patches, the platform can become vulnerable to hacking attacks.

At the very minimum if you’re not planning to upgrade to another platform, here’s a few things to discuss with your ecommerce partner.

  1. Make sure your PHP and version of Magento is on the very latest version as recommended by your ecommerce agency.
  2. Plus make sure, your third party modules are as up to date as possible before the June 2020 deadline.
  3. Discuss with your agency provider to understand what support they can and cannot provide post-June 2020.
  4. And make sure you are taking advice on how to seriously invest in upping your site security to protect customer data, using providers like foregenix to undertake regular scans on your website to check for vulnerabilities. And the likes of Cloudflare.
  5. If in doubt, make sure you discuss your options closely with your chosen agency or internal teams.

Keen to explore other ecommerce platforms?

This may be a good moment to challenge your current processes and ways of working and Magento of course is not the only ecommerce platform out there doing great things.

BigCommerce is a leading SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) ecommerce platform. The SaaS part is really important. It gives business a lower cost of ownership, as it takes away all the hassles and costs associated with regular upgrades and monthly hosting. This is all handled by BigCommerce, under their SaaS platform license. BigCommerce are fast earning a reputation for affordability and flexibility.

See our clients who have replatformed from Magento 1 to BigCommerce.

Want to learn more?

Speak to the Williams Commerce team of ecommerce consultants who have a wealth of Magento experience and can help discuss your options. Contact us now.