Business Have Just 4 Months Left Until Their Magento 1 Website Support Ends Forever
Magento 1 End-of-Life
In just 4 months, by June 2020, Magento will stop providing any kind of support for businesses including software updates and security patches for its popular and widely-used Commerce 1 and Open Source CMS platforms. The number of impacted online stores is currently estimated to be between 200,000 and 240,000, according to different statistics sources.
With the announcement comes major concern for all Magento store owners and the biggest question on everyone’s mind is – “What now?”
Owners of Magento stores need to upgrade their website to Magento 2 or consider migrating to another CMS. Businesses who don’t upgrade or migrate before June 2020 face the risk of having their sites hacked and infected with code that steals customers’ payment details. Considering recent incidents like the British Airways Data Breach and general increase in the number of web skimming scandals, this is a very plausible and real scenario that businesses need to consider before the 4 months is up.
Do I Upgrade to Magento 2 or Migrate to A Different CMS?
Whilst many businesses might be considering the “simpler” option to just Migrate their existing stores to Magento 2, this option isn’t actually as simple as they might think. In fact, due to the fact that M2 is built on an entirely different architecture, to upgrade a store will essentially require the same amount of work as migrating to a different CMS.
Alongside this issue, there’s also the fact that Magento 1 themes cannot be ported which means that any existing themes businesses have in their stores will have to be build from scratch. Additionally, Magento 2 is so new there hasn’t been enough time yet for the community to rally and provide many available themes.
If that isn’t enough, any extensions you currently have integrated with your Magento 1 platform cannot be transferred into your new Magento 2 store. This unfortunately means that there will be an extra cost regardless of what you decide to do and you may have to repurchase your extension(s) as well as put resources into integrating them anew on your Magento 2 platform.
If you’re considering migrating to a different CMS, there are plenty of reliable and go-to platforms that might even be better for your business including Shopify, BigCommerce and WooCommerce, to name a few.
Making the final decision to either upgrade your ecommerce site to Magento 2 or move to a different CMS is one that requires careful consideration. Businesses need to evaluate their current ecommerce needs and fully understand which platform is going to support them most effectively and successfully.
We would strongly suggest that businesses consult with a good ecommerce development agency that understands the pros and cons of each decision in the perspective of what is best for your business.
If you’re in the position where your business is ready to explore different solutions to optimise and protect its ecommerce platform, we’re ready to help.