Magento 1: The End of an Era

Wednesday 21st of August

Is the world’s leading eCommerce platform going dark? The answer is yes — and no.

June 2020 marks the end of an era for Magento, where its first gen platform will cease to exist. At that time, Magento 2 will take over in full force, but website owners should start preparing now.

Magento now powers more than 245,000 websites around the world. In November 2015, the company released Magento 2, along with an announcement that it intended to end support to Magento 1 within three years.

Here’s what you need to know:

What Does the Magento 1 Sunset Mean for Site Owners?

The writing has been on the wall for a while now, by June 2020, support will end for M1. Merchants who don’t switch may find themselves exposed to security vulnerabilities and functionality issues, along with no development of new features that will help them to remain competitive.

Should I Migrate My Store from M1 to M2 Before June 2020?

Technically, you don’t have to upgrade to M2 by or before June 2020. Nothing is going to happen to your store as far as its operation. However, your level of risk will increase because of the lack of support, security features, and new upgrades.

Something that most business owners don’t account for is the amount of time it takes to migrate your store. It’s not an overnight process, and you’ll need to plan accordingly if you’re going to shift to M2.

What to Know about Migrating to M2

The complexity of migrating from M1 to M2 is something you’ll want to understand prior to making the switch. Magento has tried to ease the burden by providing tools to assist with data migration and transformation, but you’ll still need to get hands-on in the process.

Store Integrations and Extensions

Magento has one of the biggest networks of third party services and extensions, many of which have already been made available for Magento 2.

Custom extensions for Magento 1 will either need to be rewritten, removed, or replaced with a third-party extension if available. Before the transition, merchants should take inventory of every component and re-evaluate the functionality and needs of their website. It could be a good opportunity to improve on the experience you create for your customers.

Magento Theme

As you’re reviewing your integrations and extensions, you can also use this time to redesign other parts of your website. You should be able to retain your existing design, but it will need to be configured for M2.

Throughout the process, keep the customer experience at the forefront to ensure you’re delivering on buyer expectations and needs.

What Are My Options for Adopting M2?

Magento 2 offers three editions to choose from, giving you all around versatility in your eCommerce store. Here’s a closer look at your options:

Magento Open Source

Formerly known as the Magento Community Edition, Open Source is the free version of Magento 2. It’s best suited for merchants with an annual sales volume of less than $2 million and provides all the basics you need to do business online.

Magento Commerce

Previously known as Magento Enterprise, Magento Commerce requires an annual license to use and is ideal for businesses with more than $2 million in annual revenue. The platform offers a wider range of features and functionality than the Open Source version. Some of its most attractive features include returns management (RMAs), loyalty programs, and advanced search features.

Magento Commerce Cloud

Similar in form and function to Magento Commerce, the Commerce Cloud operates solely in the cloud rather than an on-site deployment. Hosting, performance, and support are managed by Magento to simplify your internal operations.

Final Thoughts on Magento 1 Sunset

As of May 2019, more than 50,000 are already using Magento 2, a considerable number but nowhere close to the total number of Magento users. Some of the pioneers of the new platform include Sol, Tom Dixon, and The Irish Store, among others, and more will follow.

If you’re unsure about migrating to M2 or need clarity as to the implications it will place on your business, reach out to our Magento experts here at Full English that can help you plan your migration for a seamless transition.