Magento 1 end of life and what it means for merchants
After much speculation amongst the Magento community, Magento has officially confirmed the end of support date for Magento 1. Magento 1 will reach ‘end of life’ in June 2020, almost 13 years after its launch.
This revised software support policy ensures live sites remain secure and compliant for the defined period while giving M1 merchants the additional time needed to make the transition to newer versions of Magento.
The software support for Magento Commerce 1 (formerly known as Enterprise Edition) includes quality fixes and security patches until June 2020. For Magento Open Source (formerly known as Community Edition), Magento will provide security patches ONLY until June 2020. After June 2020, there will be no patches, updates or official support but a license fee will still be due for Commerce Edition.
It is not just M1 merchants that are affected by this, upgrades are also necessary for some Magento 2 merchants. Every 2.x version which is currently available BEFORE 1.x end of life is also due an upgrade, so if you’re currently on 2.0 or 2.1 you will need to be updating to version 2.2 or 2.3. For other versions and more information, the support lifecycle schedule can be found here.
Another important note is that Magento support and maintenance only applies to Magento software and does not apply to third-party integrations or customisations that have been made to your store. In these cases, it is important that merchants keep up to date with vendor releases as normal and have a plan for migrating customisations to Magento 2 or to confirm the support position with individual vendors post June 2020.
Why you should look to migrate now
You’re probably breathing a sigh of relief right now, but by no means should you be putting your plans for migration on hold.
The fact is, Magento Commerce 2 is a much more powerful platform with major improvements and functionality enhancements versus Magento 1. The looming end of life deadline is no bad thing for merchants, as it forces them to re-evaluate their eCommerce strategy, adding additional features and improvements as part of the process.
Key improvements with Magento 2
Scalability and enhanced performance
Magento 2 gives merchants the freedom to scale as they grow which means it is a great long-term option. Page load speed has also considerably improved and the homepage, category pages, and product pages load in less than 1.5 seconds (even without using frontend caching).
The checkout process is easier and faster for customers. Some much-needed changes have been made including making checkout available for guests without registration, automatic identification for registered customers and showing registration options after the checkout.
Improved admin and dashboard
Internally, Magento 2 is much cleaner and easier to use. Admin navigation has been simplified which is great for teams that do not have internal developers. For monitoring and reporting, the updated dashboard allows you to access an overview of sales, AOV, last orders, top search terms, most viewed products and new customers.
New capabilities and extensions
There are now over 2,000 extensions available for Magento 2 in the Magento Marketplace and installing new extensions and modules is easier than ever. Plus, Magento are launching new capabilities quarterly with version 2.3 on the horizon.
In summary, M1 merchants should already be looking to upgrade to Magento Commerce 2. Over 8,000 sites are launched quarterly on M2 and there are already more than 30,000 existing sites. The ideal time to prepare for end of life is now, start talks with your development agency or begin the process of appointing a new Magento-certified agency. They are likely to have been through this process a number of times already and will be able to give you an estimated project timeline and cost as a starting point.
Two Jay are a Magento Enterprise Certified Solutions Partner who have undergone over 20 Magento 2 implementations. Their team consists of 54 Magento Specialists, Designers, Project Managers and Support team. Clients range from small and medium-sized businesses looking to transition to the next stage of growth, to larger household names including Cadburys Gifts Direct, Cartridge Save, Bedeck Home and Jollyes.