The End of Magento 1 Q&A
What is Happening to Magento 1 in June 2020?
June 2020 marks the end of an era for Magento. It’s when all support and updates for its first generation platform, Magento 1, will cease to exist.
In November 2015, the company released Magento 2 and announced that it intended to end support to Magento 1 within three years. This period was subsequently extended from November 2018 to June 2020 and that’s when the final curtain will fall on Magento 1 and Magento will only focus on upgrades and development for Magento 2.
Should I Migrate My Store from Magento 1 to Magento 2 Before June 2020?
Technically, you don’t have to upgrade to Magento 2 by June 2020.
What you do need to consider is the fact that your website will be at more risk because of the lack of support, security features and new upgrades.
Plus, if would like to migrate your store from Magento 1 to Magento 2, you need to factor in the time that will take to ensure that a comprehensive migration plan can be put in place and your new website built.
What are the risks of my online store remaining on Magento 1?
In June 2020, Magento will stop releasing security patches for M1. This means that holes will appear in your website which can be prime targets for hackers.
By allowing your website to become vulnerable to attack, you will be putting both your online business and your customers at risk in terms of both security and performance.
The lack of support for Magento 1 will mean that many of its modules will become outdated. These modules may be essential to your site’s functionality and could stop working without fixes or updates. This will almost certainly lead to increased maintenance costs.
Our Magento specialists are always happy to provide you with a free audit of your Magento 1 site which will show you the issues with your current site that you should be aware of.
What is so amazing about Magento 2?
Magento 2 represents a fantastic opportunity for your business. It’s vast array of ecommerce features and functionality will give you the chance to raise the performance of your online store to a whole new level.
The benefits which Magento 2 delivers include:
- Improved scalability so it’s easier for your site to grow with your business.
- Easier customisation to ensure that your brand is fully showcased online in a bespoke solution.
- Streamlined administration panel to put your team in the driving seat of your online business.
- Improved security and payment methods to provide peace of mind for you and your customers.
- New responsive themes which deliver great user experiences whatever the device your customer is viewing on.
- Easier product set up process to make it quick and easy for your team to keep your site content fresh and working hard.
Put simply, you should see Magento 2 as a great asset for your business which will allow you to improve your online store’s overall performance and design and how it works for your whole business.
How difficult is it to move from Magento 1 to Magento 2?
Magento 2 is a totally new system with a completely different database structure to Magento 1.
This means moving your website from Magento 1 to Magento 2 requires building an entirely new platform. It is a big undertaking but the advantages of Magento 2 over Magento 1 should mean that your new website will start having a positive impact on the growth of your business from day one.
We will work with you to create a detailed migration plan that ensures everything from your existing store is transferred to the new platform. You will able to reuse your existing design or take this opportunity to refresh the look of your site and add any additional functionality that your business requires.
How can Full English help me move from Magento 1 to Magento 2?
Here at Full English, we are Magento specialists with experience of transferring customers from Magento 1 to Magento 2, and with some careful planning, we can work with you to ensure a smooth transition of your site on to the new platform.
For further details about how we can help with migration process take a look at our Migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2 service page and our case study covering the impact the Magento 2 store we developed for Le Chameau had on their business.
If you’re unsure about migrating to Magento 2 or need clarity as to the implications it will place on your business, reach out to our Magento experts here at Full English who can help you plan your migration for a straightforward and seamless transition.