Magento 1 platform support ends in June 2020.
If you don't already have a plan you need to act fast!
You have a number of options when it comes to your options with the end of life for Magento 1:
You leave yourself open to security breaches, non-compliance and dealing with legacy systems
This isn't a simple software upgrade it is the same as moving to an entirely different system.
While possible you are still at the mercy of expensive running costs, costly and complicated upgrades and the risk of Magento 2 being sunsetted.
Software as a Service platforms take care of a lot of the ongoing running of your website and partners can assist you with data migration.
Frooition provide migration services to make your new website move as easy as possible.
Software as a Serivce provides a blend between a software package and a managed service. As an eCommerce manager you no longer have to worry about infrastructure and server management, that is all taken care of by the platform.
Additional services can be added to the platform either through custom coding or micro-services - such as a live chat add-on.
The Saas eCommerce platform we recommend (BigCommerce) has an extensive API that enables you to integrate existing systems quickly, there are also many popular integrations out of the box for services such as: Linnworks, ChannelAdvisor, SAP and other ERPs.
One of the biggest selling points of eCommerce Saas platform is the Total Cost of Ownership. They are considerably cheaper than running a Magento installation (even community edition) when you factor in hosting fees, staff training and updates.
For most Magento 1 customers we recommend the BigCommerce platform as it has many out of the box features that are directly comparable to Magento 1 such as:
The first step in any migration project is to take a look at your Magento data. Before you part with any money we will get a sample export of your data and process it into a trial account or CSV file so you can physically see the results.
Once we have tested the data and analyzed the complexity of the data we will provide a no-obligation quote.
If you are happy with the quote and terms then we schedule a date to import your data. Once that is complete you can easily update your inventory numbers on the day you go live.
Magento 1 end of life is scheduled for June 2020. After this date Magento will no longer release updated patches and security updates.
Many agencies will also stop their 3rd party support for the platform.
All versions of Magento 1 are being retired including Community / Open Source 1 and Enterprise / Commerce 1 editions.
|Community / Open Source 1 Editions|
|Platform||Version||End of Life Date|
|Community / Open Source 1||1.9||June 2020|
|Community / Open Source 1||1.10||June 2020|
|Community / Open Source 1||1.11||June 2020|
|Community / Open Source 1||1.12||June 2020|
|Community / Open Source 1||1.13||June 2020|
|Community / Open Source 1||1.14||June 2020|
|Enterprise / Commerce 1 Editions|
|Platform||Version||End of Life Date|
|Enterprise / Commerce 1||1.9||June 2020|
|Enterprise / Commerce 1||1.10||June 2020|
|Enterprise / Commerce 1||1.11||June 2020|
|Enterprise / Commerce 1||1.12||June 2020|
|Enterprise / Commerce 1||1.13||June 2020|
|Enterprise / Commerce 1||1.14||June 2020|
Magento 2.x is an entirely different platform to Magento 1.
To upgrade from M1 to M2 is effectively a full platform migration.
If you are looking to Migrate from Magento 1 to Magento 2 we would strongly recommend also consider other platforms, especially SaaS platforms such as BigCommerce or Shopify
For most eCommerce merchants we recommend a SaaS platform as they can be more flexible, easier to work with, much faster to work with and total cost of ownership is much lower.
Magento 1.X Alternatives:
|Magento 2.x||On premise|
|WooCommerce (WordPress)||Open Source on premise|
You can export your user data, product information, inventory, product images and category structure from Magento. You then import it into your chosen replacement.
Alternatively you can instruct a professional agency, such as Frooition.com, to migrate your data for you for a reasonable fee.
It depends on the complexity of your product and the number of SKUs to migrate.
Frooition offer a FREE consultation to look at sample data and import into your chosen platform.