Magento 1 End of Life: Is Migration to Magento 2 Worth It?

Magento 1.X has been around for a long time and it is no secret that it has exhibited more and more security vulnerabilities.  This to be expected with any CMS or eCommerce system and is why the platform releases regular security updates and why since 2010 Magento has been the base release.  However, there are still thousands of eCommerce sites with the aging 1.X version of Magento which was first released in 2007.

Magento currently powers about 12% of all eCommerce stores online

One of the known issues is that the upgrade process for a non-technical person without Magento development skills is tricky and time consuming, to say the least.  If your Magento site is 1.9.x then it is a large task to move to Magento 2.0.

But not it has become not just important but critical as support has ceased and future security updates and fixes will not be released for the .19.x variants.  Since its acquisition by Adobe in 2018 for $1.6Bn Magento has kept a strong development path and now the EOL notice for next June is definitely focusing minds.

We are the first to accept that it despite Magento being a robust outstanding product for eCommerce it is slightly unfair for clients to have to pay a Magento agency to migrate.  But the investment means that your site is not only on a secure Magento platform but also gets the improved interface and a range of features that you may be aware of that have come through in the intervening time.

For clients who are not aware of the updates to Magento we also encounter that their site may have a lot of security issues, a database that may be groaning due to lack of optimisation and just be plain slow.

Now with the announcement that Magento 1.9.x wull not be supported from June 2020 we anticipate that there will be a growth in issues where eCommerce  site owners who are not aware of this may have more and more issues.

We provide a migration service that allows you to move to 2.x but the pricing greatly depends on the size of the site and the version of Magento.  Contact us for our Magento upgrade service.

Magento 2.0 Upgrade Path – Details

Magento Upgrade to 2.0

The reason the Magento 1.x to 2.X upgrade path is so complicated is that they are built on different architecture.  Think to moving from a car to a jeep.  There isn’t a like for like match so in essence in most cases we are building out a new site in many cases. Although the community edition of Magento 2 is still free to download, online retailers who were able to upgrade to the enterprise edition of Magento 1 might find the added cost of Magento 2 to be a deal-breaker.

What the EOL notice does indicate is the importance of having an eCommerce care plan to keep your site up to date with any releases.  Not a week goes by where we see a Magento site that is hopelessly out of date and often the upgrade path is impossible.

We can suggest a complete rebuild or perhaps even migrate to another system like WordPress for eCommerce.

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