With the release of Magento 2 in 2015, Magento 1 was living on borrowed time. It was eventually announced that the “End of Life” for Magento 1 would be June 30th, 2020, when support and security patches would end, leaving stores vulnerable to security breaches and hacks.
With this “End of Life” upon us, what does this mean for our customers?
What is “End of life”?
As above, “End of life” means that Adobe has stopped supporting Magento 1 and will no longer provide updates and security patches. It does not mean that Magento 1 stores will suddenly stop working, but it means that any future security or feature issues found will not be resolved without community intervention.
All Magento 1 modules have also been removed from the Magento Marketplace and can no longer be downloaded from there as the Marketplace will only provide extensions for supported versions of Magento.
What does this mean for PureClarity’s Magento 1 customers?
The immediate impact for our customers is that when updates to our module are released, they have to be downloaded from our GitHub page.
In the longer term, we will continue to support our Magento 1 module with new features and fixes so all PureClarity features will be available to you with full support.
What does this mean for Magento 1 customers in general?
SanSec reports over 90,000 live websites remain powered by Magento 1. Given that its not a simple or cheap task to migrate to Magento 2, there will be a lot of merchants wondering how they can still get Magento 1 support.
OpenMage is offering security & performance support and this may eventually start diverging from where Magento 1 is now with new features.
MageOne is offering security support, so this branch of Magento 1 will stay roughly the same as it is now but with enhanced security.
What happens should you decide to migrate?
All major ecommerce marketplaces will provide solid advice on the process should you choose theirs. Here are a few examples to start you off:
- Shopify: https://www.shopify.co.uk/enterprise/ecommerce-replatforming-guide
- Magento 2: https://devdocs.magento.com/guides/v2.4/migration/migration-plan.html
- BigCommerce: https://www.bigcommerce.co.uk/blog/magento-end-of-life/#how-do-i-make-the-switch
- Kooomo: https://www.kooomo.com/en/why-you-should-switch-from-magento-1
- WooCommerce : https://woocommerce.com/posts/how-migrate-from-magento-to-woocommerce/
- X-Cart: https://www.x-cart.com/migrate-from/magento
There are plenty of points to consider and several risks to be mitigated when re-platforming – only by taking a methodical approach can ecommerce businesses remain secure and fully operational throughout. The main stumbling block will be continuing to deliver the stability, performance, and flawless user experience (UX) your customers will expect from your site – despite the size and scale of back-end manoeuvres you’ll be implementing.
There are several fantastic ecommerce platforms that you can migrate to instead of Magento 2 so it’s all about finding the right fit for your business and your ecommerce site. What is key is ensuring that all your integrations will seamlessly migrate along with you, so your customer experience remains the same.
PureClarity clients choosing to migrate from Magento 1
PureClarity supports all major ecommerce platforms and has approved extensions and plugins readily available for Magento 2, WooCommerce, BigCommerce, Shopify, X-Cart and Kooomo.
Our team are available to help make your migration as seamless as possible.
All of our plugins can be accessed via the PureClarity website at https://www.pureclarity.com/platforms/