“Why should I upgrade my Magento 1 store, and what would happen if I don’t?”
Sometimes it seems that time lasts forever, but the next thing you know it’s already June 2020. Remember this month, business owner, because it’s your deadline to migrate from the first version of Magento 1 to the Magento of a new generation. In case you have any other important tasks to accomplish, at least read this article to know what would happen if you decide to keep things unchanged.
As any self-respecting company, Magento wanted to bring to its customers an entirely new business journey. Thus, in November 2015 it launched Magento 2, the long-awaited modernization of ecommerce system, which consists of the coolest new features and advanced technologies. Ever since, lots of retailers and brands have experienced all the benefits that Magento presented. But now we need to move on: the rumors about the end of life of Magento 1 have appeared with the launch of Magento 2. These dramatic changes brought up lots of questions, so let’s make everything clear.
No support for Magento 1 Open Source & Commerce
The rumors became facts. On February 5, 2019 business owners who used Magento 1 got warning emails from Magento Adobe company about the end of a free version in June 2020. Some retailers and brands rushed to migrate like early birds, but thousands of others decided to bask in the rays of the setting sun.
Here are quotes from Joe Ayyoub, Director of Support Operations in Magento company:
For Magento Commerce 1 (formerly known as Enterprise Edition):
For Magento Commerce 1, we are providing software support through June 2020. Depending on your version, software support may include both quality fixes and security patches. Please review our Magento Software Lifecycle Policy to see how your version of Magento Commerce 1 is supported.
For Magento Open Source 1 (formerly known as Community Edition):
For Magento Open Source 1, we are providing software security patches through June 2020 to ensure those sites remain secure and compliant. Please visit our Legal Terms page and review our Magento Open Source Software Maintenance Policy to see which versions of Magento Open Source 1 continue to receive software security maintenance.
So, no doubt, if you’re still building your business on Magento 1, you have some time to migrate to Magento 2 or find any other platform.
Also, some clients were managing their online store for so long that they don’t even remember which version of Magento they use. Here’s a hint: you can check it by logging into the Magento Admin and scrolling to the bottom of the page. The version that your platform is running on will be shown at the center of the footer.
The meaning for clients
There is such a thing as End of Life (EOL) for CMS systems. This is the moment when the older version is no longer supported by the company or the community that created it, and all efforts will be focused on the current and future versions. Usually, when support period of Magento 1 ends, it is announced long before a new version, so clients have time to rebuild their platform or migrate to a new version of the system.
Speaking of our theme, if in 2018 some company offers you to create a site on Magento 1 Open Source or Community, don’t be naive. This is the same as making a site on WordPress 3 versions now: irrelevant, unpromising, and totally outdated.
The business owners who choose to ignore the information about EOL of Magento 1 might find that their project is going to be broken and hacked. Let’s explore in details what features and options will be down, if you decide to oversleep June 2020.
It’s always disturbing to be hacked or have security breaches, and it’s one of the most important reasons to start your migration. Nowadays, the developers in Magento company are actively looking for limitations and fixing them. It means that once you’ve updated your online store, your data is protected. After June 2020, Magento won’t have any obligations to send you reports about any suspicious activity. And that’s when all the doors will open for hunting hackers, who dream about finding your security holes. Get ready for spam, denial-of-service attacks, malicious links, and other “pleasures” of unsecured life.
As a business owner, you’re responsible for the protection of your customers’ private information and payment details. Without migration to the latest version, you might not be the one to trust. And ruining your reputation can happen in a blink of an eye.
No more support for the platform
At the beginning of the summer 2020, there will be no official support for Magento developers or clients. Thus, if there are any technical problems with your online store, it will be hard for you to fix them without headaches because you’ll have to refer to community support and forums. The reputation is fragile: if customers are unable to buy something for even half an hour, this could have a huge impact on your store. So, you ought to have support that you could trust and which will be there for you 24/7.
Features and functionality
Overexpectation is the worst. When your customer has a reliance on quick and easy online shopping, you’d better be that one brand that can provide this experience. For example, if you can’t manage a quick and effortless checkout process, don’t be surprised if your audience will leave your platform and flock to your competitors.
Magento has said that they will no longer release quality fixes for Magento Open Source and some support for Magento Commerce 1. This means that clients who leave their migration until the last moment might find that functionality bit by bit becomes broken from the lack of maintenance. As a result, your platform will not be so user-friendly anymore.
On top of broken functionality, clients need to get used to the fact that there will be no further improvements to existing core features. This means that it’s doubtful that they will be able to compete with other market players.
The modern extensions
The key to a great ecommerce strategy is an enjoyable user journey and shopping experience. Our online life moves so rapidly and sometimes even unpredictably, so any successful player needs to have an ability to adapt. The latest features, optimized design and branding, and intelligent micro-interactions improve usability, and much more.
Magento 2 announced that all the most important features and functions rolled out to certain versions of Magento will only cover the core platform, not any enhancements, extensions, or modifications. Thus, without maintenance, all the extensions are unlikely to become compatible with any new patches released to the core platform. And if you don’t have regular security procedures, your platform is no longer safe from hackers.
You may think that any problems with your online store can be fixed by a proper team of developers. But the truth is that the specialists who read the news in their sphere of activity won’t want to invest their time in fixing and managing an outdated CMS.
The main question
It’s, of course, migrate or not? If you’re still considering it, take a quick look at the top reasons why migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2 is a great idea:
- You’re unsatisfied with your online store performance (user experience, speed, management);
- You even have an outdated version of Magento 1 (the one before Open Source 1.8 and Commerce 1.13 edition);
- It’s the right time to redesign your online platform;
- The installation of security patches is available only till the end of Magento 1, and you care about them;
- You decided to go omnichannel and ran into difficulties in inventory management.
These are not all the reasons why you’d better think about making your online life easier and modern by migrating to Magento 2.
If your website is still using Magento 1, it means that it doesn’t have much time to keep rocking. The closer you get to the hot June deadline, the more agencies and developers will be booked delivering services to your competitors. There is one essential axiom in business: if you want your project to grow, you have to keep investing in it. All these new tools and features that improve customer experience are worth every penny spent.
The end-of-life of Magento 1 is irreversible, so let’s celebrate the new opportunities!