The end of Magento 1 is near. Will you update to Magento 2 or do you need to explore other options?
More than 250,000 online merchants rely on the Magento platform, which allows you to upload and sell products online.
If you didn’t already know, support and updates for Magento 1 will be ending in June 2020. While it will still be available and accessible, it will no longer receive official support from either Magento or Adobe, who currently own Magento.
Why is Magento 1 ending?
Magento 2, which is an updated version of the Magento 1 platform, has been around since 2015. Adobe originally planned to retire its predecessor in 2018 but extended the period to allows its customers more time to prepare.
In June 2019, it was believed that around 189,000 users were still running Magento 1.
“We understand that many of our Magento 1 merchants need additional time to make the transition to newer versions of Magento. To that end, our software support policies ensure that those customers have the time and confidence to upgrade when it is right for their business.”
Magento 2 promises faster loading time, improved interface and better mobile shopping experience for your customers, however, it is still limited by its off-the-shelf functionality.
What are the risks of staying on Magento 1?
It’s untenable to stay on an unsupported e-commerce platform. Doing so will leave your online shop at risk from hackers, potential bugs and a hefty fine for not breaching the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Whether you’re moving from Magento 1 to Magento 2 or another platform, you will need to undergo a website redesign.
Upgrading from Magento 1 means you may need to change your hosting options or provider, depending on what you’re planning to do.
You need to decide if you want to update to Magento 2 or explore alternative options.
What are your options?
Of course, you could upgrade to Magento 2, but you might find yourself in the same situation in a few years.
There is an abundance of e-commerce products available on the market, all with default tools and great basic functionality. Some examples include Shopify and WooCommerce.
That said, a lot of our clients are moving from Magento 1 to their own bespoke e-commerce website. Why? Because it means more control and fewer limitations, and for most, it’s a cheaper option.
As we get closer to the June deadline, we’ll be working with our clients to show them what is possible and ensure they are prepared.
Need help? Speak to us about how a bespoke e-commerce website could benefit you and save you hassle in future.