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Magento 1 - End of Life June 2020

Magento 1 - End of Life is coming in June 2020. Here are a couple of tips you need to know.

First of all, you're not the only one out there still on Magento 1. According to BuiltWith, there are over 40,000 sites still on Magento 1. A lot of those are large sites, including 4000 which have Alexa rankings under a million.

In 2010, it was announced that Magento 2 would be released in 2011. This release only happened in 2015. They've encouraged merchants to migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2 for a few years now, since the news was coming that support for Magento 1 would no longer be available mid 2020.

Loads of merchants have a lot of customization built out for their sites and aren't quite ready to make the move. If you're one of them, DON'T PANIC! Magento will put out security patches through June 2020 to ensure those sites remain secure and compliant.

There are other ways to make sure your site's security remains intact.

  • There are a few companies putting out safe harbors for Magento 1 merchants. One of them, who we already work with, is Nexus, who will have a safe harbor program. If you're hosted with Nexus, they will help keep your site secure.
  • Another good option is Sucuri. They do firewalls and malware scans for your site and will help ensure your site is secure.
  • Then, there is the Magento 1 community that will have ongoing support which you can loop yourself into.

Keep in mind Magento is an open source platform, and they're not just going to shut down your site. So don't feel the need to rush if you're not ready to migrate just yet. Technically, you can stay with Magento 1 for the next 10, or even 20 years if you want to. It will just be up to you to keep it updated and compliant. We do recommend at some point, you do migrate to Magento 2. It is an updated platform that will put out security patches and will be PCI compliant straight out the box.

When you're ready to move from Magento 1 to Magento 2, or any other platform, keep in mind, the move is not just the flip of a switch. You will need to migrate all your data and rewrite your customizations from scratch.

This is a big move, so make sure you are happy and excited to continue using Magento. If you're a smaller merchant without too many customizations, and looking for something more out of the box SaaS solution, automatically updated, this is a good time to consider Shopify or BigCommerce.  

We work with all the major platforms, so if you need help moving from one to another, we're here to advise you on which platform is best for you. Get in touch to learn all about how our Magento developers can help.


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