As much as we love Magento, there has been a frustrating elephant in the room for close on 3 years.
How long will Magento 1 live for and how will its’ death be managed?
For various reasons, there has been more of a nod and a wink or a blog post rather than a definitive statement. But now, we have that notice of mortality and it is not imminent. For us as Magento Solution Partners, this is great news. Last time we checked, there were still more than 17,000 Magento 1 websites in the UK alone. The problem here is that there is, in comparison, very limited credible resource that is legitimately capable of building a resilient Magento 2 website. We do a lot of work recovering poor Magento 2 website builds. If your agency isn’t a Magento Solution Partner then you are putting your business at risk. This gives businesses time to put a plan in place to move across to Magento 2. How long? The advice we have from Magento is:
“For Magento Commerce 1 (formerly known as Enterprise Edition):
For Magento Commerce 1, we are providing software support until June 2020. Depending on your version, software support may include both quality fixes and security patches.
For Magento Open Source 1 (formerly known as Community Edition):
For Magento Open Source 1, we are providing software security patches through June 2020 to ensure those sites remain secure and compliant.”
The first thing you need to understand is that the platform will be kept secure, there will be security patching. Without that, the risk to your business and potential financial penalties would have been extreme. The second thing to understand is that only Enterprise is going to have ongoing development and that only appears to be “quality fixes”. It is our understanding that there will be no further functionality development. In other words, in a world of evolving customer expectation, you are potentially treading water. Of course, there are various third-party solutions available via extension providers, but each of those providers will have to make a decision as to whether they continue to support their Magento 1 offering as well.
If you are looking to migrate to Magento 2, and we do think it is still the best ecommerce platform for any business of scale, you need to consider the following:
- Credible Magento resource
- Project planning and timelines – you’re not going to get a decent website build in 3 months
- Your business and customer needs.
You might not need to build your Magento 2 website right now, but you certainly need to start planning very soon.