Magento 1 End Of Life on June 30, 2020. Thus, all existing Magento 1 stores must migrate to Magento 2 as soon as possible.
This article will answer all the questions concerning Magento 1 end of life and suggest how to deal with it.
1. What Leads To Magento 1 End Of Life?
Since mid-2014, Magento 1 hasn’t updated new feature development; only several patches to handle security issues were released. The reason is that Magento is pouring all of its efforts into Magento 2 framework.
Why does Magento give up on its “first child”? Why doesn’t it keep nurturing both Magento 1 and 2?
There are 3 main reasons for this.
Firstly, there are many complaints about Magento 1, such as poor performance, low page load speed, unfriendly admin panel (too technical), not attractive storefront (even when applying ready-made themes), and so on. To improve all of these weaknesses, Magento almost needs to build everything from scratch. And they did it by introducing Magento 2.
Secondly, Magento 1 was free, and Magento 2 was a premium version, so Magento could keep both of them to meet different demands. But the actual store is different. Both Magento 1 and 2 have a free and a paid version (Open Source & Commerce). When being put on the same scale, it’s definitely that no one will choose Magento 1 when they can get a better version (Magento 2) at the same price. As a result, there is no economic benefit for Magento when keep providing the old version.
Thirdly, Magento 1 gradually has a weakness of Magento. Many people will take advantage of that to criticize Magento when comparing it with other e-commerce platforms. Therefore, it would be more harm than good for Magento to continue offering Magento 1 platform.
Magento’s only reason to maintain support for Magento 1 up to now is that there is still a significant number of Magento 1 stores. Those store owners need time to migrate their websites to Magento 2 (or another platform) before Magento 1 end of life.
2. What Are Impacts Of Magento 1 End Of Life To Your Website?
There are an array of consequences from Magento 1 end of life.
Starting from July 2020, there is no more official security patch from Magento. What does this mean?
The security of your Magento store might not be guaranteed. Some hackers can haunt the security holes of Magento 1 to steal pivotal data on your site and even make your site collapse. The loss of data, especially customer’s personal information, will hurt your business seriously.
If Magento 1 ends its life, you might face many troubles with your extensions as well. At the moment, almost everyone, from Magento officials, Magento developers, Magento agencies to Magento extension providers, has shifted their attention to Magento 2. Consequently, if your Magento 1 modules get any issues, it would be not easy to find someone to help. If you don’t have in-house developers and can’t find support from the outside, how are you supposed to do?
3. What Are Solutions For Existing Magento 1 Stores?
Magento merchants can consider moving to another e-commerce platform such as Shopify, WooCommerce, BigCommerce to deal with the end of the Magento 1 platform. However, the best solution is undoubtedly migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2.
As you might know, transferring data (products, customers, orders…) between different platforms will be very risky due to different architecture. On the other hand, Magento provides the Data Migration Tool to help store owners to move database assets from Magento 1 to 2 with ease.
Furthermore, since you have already been familiar with the Magento platform, it will take little time to get used to with Magento 2 admin panel and manage your new site effectively. In comparison, you will need to learn everything from scratch if deciding to use a new e-platform.
4. How Does The Magento 2 Migration Process Work?
To migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2, your site will go through some essential steps below:
Since Magento 2 is different from Magento 1 in terms of coding, your Magento 2 site must have a new theme. You can quickly get a beautiful ready-made Magento 2 web design template on the theme market.
However, if you are not satisfied with the quality/ design of the available themes, you should look for custom web design services. At Tigren, we provide many options, which vary from cloning your current Magento 1 design to creating a brand new one as your requirements.
Since all of the plugins of Magento 1 are not compatible with Magento 2, having new extensions is a must.
The good news is that most of Magento 1 extensions have similar versions for Magento 2. What you need to do is finding the best replacements and install those on your new site.
In general, when the clients send us a request for Magento 2 migration, we will ask them to provide the list of their Magento 1 modules. Then, with our substantial experience, we can instantly suggest the best options for M2. Sometimes, there is no need to buy new plugins, but we will develop custom functions directly in the new store.
Data transfer from Magento 1 to 2 is unquestionably the most crucial step. Although we can use Magento’s official data migration tools, there are still many things to do. Hence, the process must be implemented by experts/ experienced developers to avoid data loss.
If you ask for Tigren’s Magento 2 migration service, moving data, in particular, we will perform the data migration in 2 steps. First, we will create a backup and migrate the data from your current site to the development site (on our server). Second, we will transfer the data from the development site to your live site (on your selected server). So it is impossible to lose anything during the migration process.
Migrate Settings/ Configurations
Language, currency, payment, shipping, email templates, store information, etc. in your current store, everything that needs setting up again to finish the Magento 2 migration process.
5. What To Expect From Your Magento 2 Website?
Fast website speed and stable performance
Default Ajax Cart on Magento 2 supports switching sessions without reloading the whole page, which would generate a better experience for all customers on your site.
Additionally, PHP 7, the programming language of Magento 2, supplies more superior loading than the older PHP versions.
The cache also boosts the site performance. Magento 2 uses the Varnish cache and HTTP accelerator, which can easily cache requests.
The complicated checkout increases the abandonment of the shopping cart. To handle that, Magento 2 offers one-page checkout, which is much faster than that of Magento 1.
Ease of modern technology integration
There are many solutions to integrate Magento 2 websites with Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), Progressive Web App (PWA), or other advanced technologies. However, those are not available for Magento 1 platform.
Once you complete Magento 2 migration, taking your site to the next level with AMP or PWA is no longer difficult.
6. When Should You Migrate To Magento 2?
It has been five years since Magento 2 came out (July 2015). It can also be understood that Magento has given business owners five years to prepare for the migration. If you are still using Magento 1 platform, you have missed a perfect opportunity to enhance your store for years.
Once again, we want to remind you that Magento will stop supporting Magento 1 when June 2020 ends. If your site hasn’t been re-platformed, you should do it right now.
Magento 1 End of Life is a significant inconvenience for every Magento e-commerce business. To cope with it, there is no better option than implement Magento migration from 1 to 2.
With consolidated experience in Magento development- delivering Magento services since 2011, Tigren is the first choice of many store owners to upgrade their site. We’d love to hear from you soon!