If you’re in eCommerce, you’re going to hear more about the Magento Sunset over the coming months. It’s when support and updates for Magento 1.x formally cease. The date is 18 November, 2018.
Here’s our prediction …
Many companies will note the date and schedule a meeting in a few months to discuss migration.
At the meeting they’ll set in place a plan to get thinking about the upgrade (after a well-earned break).
Eventually they will start tendering for accredited Magento developers to perform the migration; but will find that most of the good developers are already booked up well into 2018. Factor in the time it takes to design, develop and test a site and they’ll have two options:
Hire an unproven developer; or take a chance on remaining on Magento 1.x post-sunset. Either option is less than ideal.
But here’s the solution …
Get the wheels in motion now. PushON is currently taking orders for Magento 2 migrations. Forward-planning companies have recognised the urgency, and are taking action. But it’s not just to avoid the downside of missing the sunset: Magento 2 is a hugely improved, ground-up re-design of the platform, built on the learning of the company and the amazing Magento community.
We’re award-winning developers who have Magento coursing through our veins. We’ve been devotees of the platform for several years and are committed members of the community, organising Magento meetups and other events for eCommerce professionals.
And here’s why it’s important …
Remember, the change from Magento 1 to Magento 2 is not a simple upgrade. The system has been redrawn from scratch, and needs a fresh installation with new systems in place. After November 2018, support for Magento 1.x will end and criminals who feed off known vulnerabilities will put 1.x websites at risk. In short, by 18 November 2018, your eCommerce site needs to be migrated to Magento 2.