So, our guess is if you’re reading this you’ve currently got an eCommerce store built on Magento 1 and you’ve either been avoiding the inevitable, trying to figure out what you’re going to do or this is news to you but Adobe will from the end of June no longer be supporting Magento 1. This hasn’t come out of blue; they’ve been talking about it for a while but there are a lot of websites that are still operating on Magento 1 like everything is going to be rosy from now till the end of time. Sadly, the reality is you need to be thinking about what you’re going to be doing for the long term.

 

BUT FIRST, A HISTORY LESSON

Back in 2008 Roy Rubin, Yoav Kutner and the development team working on Magento released the first stable version of the platform to the world. Over the next 10 years, they built something that had a huge impact globally, setting the benchmarks for collaborative, flexible eCommerce. They created an enviable marketplace with thousands of extensions and saw a quarter of a million businesses transacting billions in revenues. Magento set the pace and changed the game.

Originally, the end of life date was set for November 2018, following the early success and commitment to developing Magento 2 into the next eCommerce powerhouse. This was subsequently pushed back a further 18 months to allow merchants to research their options and confidently plan for the future. Now, Magento 1’s end-of-life is just 23 days away, on 30th June 2020.

 

IS END OF LIFE A PROBLEM?

Kinda, yeah. It is a pretty big deal when it comes to software and especially when it comes to things being online. Security is what you’re playing with here. Think of it as locking the doors and windows on your house or your bricks and mortar stores but the locks are only there for show. Your key keeps them closed but in all honesty, anybody with a key in their hand can jimmy the lock and walk on in.

 

SO, WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?

Essentially there are 3 options in front of you. Stick with what you’ve got, move to a different platform or upgrade to Magento 2. There are pros and cons for all of them and we’re here to lay out each of them, so you fully understand before you take the next step.

 

OPTION 1 – STICK WITH MAGENTO 1

Some of you may be thinking you’ll just stay put on Magento 1.  Performance seems strong and you’ve probably made significant investments getting you to where you are. These and a bunch of other things could be part of the reasons as to why you as a business may wish to stay on Magento 1 for the foreseeable future. But there are things you have to consider if this is to be the path you’re going to take.

 

  • The technologies that Magento 1 runs on, PHP 5.6 and 7.0, saw their end-of-lives in December 2018 and if the PHP is no longer maintained, you’re leaving yourselves open to vulnerability and potential security risks.
  • The longer you stay on Magento 1, the more at risk your online business may be to hacks and potential compromises of yours and your customer’s data.
  • Many of the module and plugin developers and suppliers plus your payment providers will also no longer be supporting and upgrading their modules for Magento 1. So, this opens further areas of vulnerabilities that you as a business owner should be aware of.

 

And if there is a security breach, heavy fines can be levied by the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) and payment providers.

The bottom line, 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.

 

OPTION 2 – MOVE TO A DIFFERENT PLATFORM

There are plenty of other options out there and depending on the size and scale of your operation the choices open themselves up to you. Each of them, just like sticking with Magento 1 have their pros and cons.

Some of them will have limited capability compared to what you’ve got right now, almost all of them operate differently so there is bound to be a pretty steep learning curve involved and they’re built on different platforms so the languages they speak are going to be different, which means moving your information from one to another could be very complex and in some cases just not possible.

That’s not to say this is an option that should be avoided, for some of you this is a very real choice and will no doubt be the route you take but you need to be prepared to invest the time and the money to make it work. Things for your business may slow down a little in the process and it could take some time and a potentially endless amount of frustration whilst you do this, but you’ll eventually get back to where you are now.

 

OPTION 3 – UPGRADE AND MOVE TO MAGENTO 2

Development of Magento 2 began in 2011 alongside the continued support and regular security updates to version 1. During this time, Magento invested significantly in developing Magento 2 at the same time.

Magento has invested a ton of money making the latest version of Magento, now known as Magento Commerce one of 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 is a natural choice and thousands of companies worldwide have already upgraded and are reaping the benefits of the latest eCommerce technology.

Now, you need to consider that Magento 2 is a completely different architecture to Magento 1, which means, unfortunately, it’s not as simple as clicking ‘upgrade’. Essentially, you’ll need to hire a developer (that’s where we come in) to rebuild your website in Magento 2 from the ground up. Luckily, however, you’ll be able to transfer products, attributes and customer databases using Magento’s migration tools. They’ve got different architecture but for the most part, the language and design principles are the same so where some of the issues of moving to a completely different platform might exist, there is a number that just don’t.

 

TAKING THE NEXT STEP

We’ve put the options out there and now it’s time to make some decisions, but you don’t need to be making them on your own.

Across our UK and Polish offices, we employ certified specialists in operations, project management, analysis, development, user experience, conversion rate optimisation, design, testing and scrum technologies; to mention just the tip of the iceberg. We believe in our people and are committed to supporting our colleagues to be the best they can be. We’re hugely proud of our culture, our values, and the colleagues that make the magic happen. That’s why we talk about ourselves as the Eclipse family.

We’re here to help you make the right choice for you. We unlock your trading potential, creating and supporting beautifully simple sites that are functionally rich and continually perform way above expectations. Our clients enjoy seamless access to the best analysts, experts and technical resources in the sector. We’re proud of what we do and we’re incredibly good at it (and it’s not just us saying that).

Come talk to us and let’s see what we can do together. We’ve tailored a solution for everyone, no matter where the starting point in the market. It’s just about picking the right one for you and then we can get together and get you accelerated toward success.

Come take a look at our Magento Packages as a starting point, we can talk them through and if we need to add a few other options to the mix, we can do that too.