What Will Happen To Magento 1 Sites After June 2020?
The end is nigh for Magento 1, with support for the platform due to end in six short months (June 2020).
According to Builtwith, as of December 2019, there are still 61,000 live sites of Magento 1. With successful migration taking at least six months, those who do not yet have a migration or protection plan are leaving themselves and their customers open to a range of complications and risks.
What Does This Mean for Retailers Still on Magento 1?
While your site won’t immediately fall apart after June 2020, some key issues that might affect your business if you continue on the platform after the deadline:
Once official support for Magento 1 ends, security patches will no longer be available for the platform.
Currently, Magento actively searches for vulnerabilities in Magento 1 and patches them roughly every six weeks, with some patches covering up to 20 issues. After June 2020, the support and security patches to Magento 1 will halt, putting retailers sites and sensitive customer data at risk from a variety of threats and attacks. Many believe that hackers will immediately start hunting for vulnerabilities on sites still on Magento 1 after support officially ends in order to steal valuable data.
As a business, retailers are responsible for ensuring they protect their customer’s data. While attempting to handle security without the support of Magento is achievable, many retailers will find it costly and tedious. Those on a retainer with an agency or with in-house developers will find they are spending more and more time patching the site to keep it safe, rather than spending time building out the online brand experience.
The lack of regular security updates could also wreak havoc with your payment gateways.
Many gateways require a PCI compliance scan to be conducted on a merchant’s store every 90 days to ensure the safety of customer data. Without thorough security monitoring and patching, many may find that their store does not pass the PCI scans, leaving them unable to take credit cards in as little as 90-days after support has ended.
In addition to ceasing security updates, Magento will no longer be rolling out quality fixes after the June 2020 deadline. As the technology becomes obsolete, many retailers will find that the speed and quality of the website will begin to suffer. Failing to keep on top of the quality of your site could have devastating effects during peak selling times like Black Friday and Christmas. Customers will find the slow loading and clunky experience frustrating, prompting them to go elsewhere.
Without these frequent quality fixes, retailers will also struggle to improve their store’s functionality and usability to provide customers with a streamlined, seamless experience. Combine that with continually patching the platform to improve security, many retailers will find it challenging to keep up against competitors on Magento 2 or other platforms.
Third-party Extensions and Themes
Many retailers choose to use extensions and themes created by the Magento community to improve the customer’s shopping experience. Magento has stated that the remaining security and functionality patches released before the June 2020 are only for core ecommerce and not for any extensions, modification or enhancements. Without regular auditing and maintenance, extensions and themes are likely to become defunct and potentially break, ruining the shopping experience.
While some third-parties may offer updates after June, many will be focusing their efforts into their Magento 2 offerings, which are more commercially viable than continuing to create updates for an obsolete platform. This may mean that extension and theme providers will no longer create regular security and quality updates, putting your website at risk from hackers.
Retailers on Magento 1 after June may also find it challenging to add new functionality and features to their site as developers focus on Magento 2. To date, there are 3,662 extensions available to Magento 2 compared to the 2,051 for Magento 1. Likely, there won’t be many new extensions for Magento 1 in the future, but the list for Magento 2 will continue to grow. This will make it harder for retailers on Magento 1 to keep up technologically with competitors on other platforms.
No Support for Merchants or Developers
Alongside security and quality fixes ending, Magento will no longer be offering support to merchants still on the Magento 1 platform. This means if there are any technical issues with your site, you or your developer will have to rely on support from the Magento community or support forums. Meaning that an issue that could be resolved quickly may take a significantly longer time.
But What Are the Benefits of Magento 2?
We understand that migrating your Magento store is a significant and somewhat daunting process, but there are many benefits to re-platforming to Magento 2. In addition to being more secure and stable than staying on Magento 1, Magento 2 offers retailers:
Magento 2 has strengthened hashing algorithms that are used in password management
Improved Speed and Performance
Magento 2 offers faster page loading, in addition to full-page on the Community version, making shopping easier and quicker for customers.
Magento has vastly enhanced the architecture between Magento 1 and Magento 2, updating the technology stack to include the latest technologies like Apache, Composer, Symfony, Nginx 1.7 or higher and the latest PHP version.
Reduced Extention Conflict
Installing and updating new extensions is easier, as Magento 2 allows plugins codes to overlap with core code rather than override it, reducing extension conflicts.
Improved Mobile SEO
Magento 2 is optimised for mobile SEO, which helps with ranking factor.
The admin panel for Magento 2 is much more user-friendly compared to its predecessor, which was a pain point for many retailers.
Improved Business Intelligence & B2B eCommerce
Magento 2 offers powerful out-of-the-box business intelligence capabilities to meet the demands of B2B companies seeking to connect their commerce and revenue performance.
Page Builder is a Magento 2 extension for creating content by dragging-and-dropping pre-built controls, giving retailers more control over how their content is presented.
Migration is also the perfect time to ensure your site looks as cutting-edge as the underlying software, ensuring your site resonates and connects with your current and prospective customers while standing out online.
So What Do You Need to Do?
Ideally, leave Magento 1 before June 2020. If you haven’t already begun to do so, we’d advise starting your Magento 2 project as soon as possible, as migrating from M1 to M2 takes at least six months.
Unfortunately, moving from Magento 1 to Magento 2 isn’t as easy as just updating your current site. Moving to Magento 2 is a full re-platforming project, rebuilding your website on the new platform and updating it to suit Magento 2’s improved functionality. Thus we would recommend you begin the process now, instead of waiting until the June deadline.
Can’t Move Before June?
There are many reasons some retailers will put off migrating from Magento 1. Fear of change, satisfaction or dissatisfaction with their current set up or financial costs. While it’s not recommended to stay on Magento 1 due to the security and financial burdens it can cause, there are some ways to keep you M1 site ticking over post-deadline:
- Ensure your store is updated to the latest PHP
- Plan with your internal team or supporting agency to increase security and quality checks and ensure patching any issues is a top priority
- Consider using third-party technology such as PCI and PCE testing services
- Invest in a web application firewall (WAF).
We Can Help
Ready to make a move from Magento 2? Diligent can help! We’ve been working with Magento since 2011 and have intimate knowledge of both M1 and M2. In the last two years, we have helped numerous brands move from their old sites onto Magento 2 and in doing so have codified a foolproof approach that makes migration a successful and pain-free experience. Additionally, we can take care of your current Magento 1 set up, keep it ticking over past the June 2020 deadline.
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