However that answer is now changing to a “yes” following a recent announcement.
After a decade of development and support, it’s been announced that the Magento 1 platform will reach its ‘end of life’ in June 2020. This change isn’t a sudden one and we knew it was coming, but now we have a deadline.
This means it’s time for anyone on Magento 1 to start planning before the stress hits of leaving it too late.
Magento 1 end of life- it’s not that big of a deal, right?
It kind of is a big deal IF you want to relax and keep your website secure like our client’s do.
This ‘end of life’ date tells us that come June 2020, Magento 1 won’t receive any more “quality fixes and security patches” so if you’re still using it, your website may be left feeling a bit vulnerable should new security threats get discovered from July 2020 onwards.
…And we wouldn’t recommend that to anyone.
Another effect of this announcement is that it’s paving the way for developers to focus more of their effort and time into Magento 2. This means there is likely to be more plugins made for Magento 2 using the latest and best technology than Magento 1. Developers are praising Magento 2’s ease and how “the system architecture has been overhauled” so it’s now “easier than ever to use current design patterns and tools with Magento.”
Can I not just stay on Magento 1?
We’re strong advocates for secure and safe websites and take security seriously. We work hard with our clients to ensure they are using the latest security patches and don’t have the fear of being susceptible to hackers. This means that when new updates come out, we fit them and make sure everything is still working afterwards allowing our clients to sit back and relax. After all, an unsecure website could result in a data breach which could come with a fine from the ICO. As Magento 1 will no longer be getting any security updates from June 2020, we won’t be able to guarantee the safety of any websites still using it which may cause you unnecessary concern.
Is Magento 2 ready for me?
Now is a great time to start planning your move to Magento 2, after all, at the time of writing this, Magento version 2.3 has just been demonstrated. This indicates that Magento 2 has a solid base and the early kinks have been ironed out by others making it secure for a wide range of merchants. These changes don’t happen instantly though, they’re thought through and tested and that’s why Magento 2 was released when it was ready in 2015– four years ago.
What are the benefits of Magento 2?
Other than the ability to sit back and continue to receive regular security updates and patches, the new Magento 2 platform comes with a bag full of goodies and improvements that would make anyone excited:
- Performance: one of the main features of Magento 2 is its performance and how page loads are 30% to 50% faster than Magento 1. It can also handle up to “39% more orders per hour with 66% faster add-to-cart times than Magento 1.”
- CMS Improvements: whilst the CMS feels related to Magento 1, the new platform is evolved to make administering a website smoother and efficient, especially with a de-cluttered dashboard view
- Usability: the checkout process has been simplified and many ‘pain points’ removed making the shopping experience better for your customers, which results on fewer abandoned carts
- Mobile Enhancements: as 50% of online transactions are now performed on mobile devices, Magento 2 has improved its mobile experience and enriched the search capabilities for these users which should result in a higher conversion rate.
2020 is ages away though, I can wait right?
Considering we’re in 2019, now is the best time to start thinking about migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2. If you think back to your initial website build, how long did it take, it wasn’t a one week job was it? We’re not a ‘plaster fix’ agency who build whatever is easiest for us- we take the time to fully scope our client’s needs to ensure we make an effective and successful website and this can take time and that time needs to be scheduled in.
How often will I have to do this?
Magento 1 has been going for over 10 years and Magento 2 is four years old already, if the platform follows the same trend we have a further six+ years until we need to move to Magento 3 and within that time, I’d hope we revisit your website build more than once.
Websites should be continually evolving and growing, alongside your market and requirements. Stagnant websites suffer and lag as they don’t take advantage of new trends or technologies. By moving to Magento 2 from Magento 1, it gives us the perfect opportunity to take pause, reflect and improve on what you currently have in place.
What’s the next steps?
We recommend a review of your current website and scope out what’s required on the new one. Some of the things you should consider for a painless move are:
- Extensions: what ones are you currently using and does a replacement exist within Magento 2
- Finances: this move may mean a completely new website, theme and design and the budget needs to be considered
- Training: for anyone used to Magento 1, you’ll find the new admin panel on Magento 2 as similar BUT there are noticeable differences. With that in mind, it might be worth getting some training on it, but we have some recommended experts we can help you with that making it really easy to use
- Integrations: if you currently integrate with another 3rd party system you’ll need to check if there’s a connector for Magento 2 or look into building a custom integration if needed
- Time: like any good agency, our time gets booked up quickly and our schedule gets full so it’s worth speaking to us sooner rather than later to ensure we can fit your work in too so you can have peace of mind
Sounds expensive, will it be?
How long is a piece of string- as long as you need it to be! The cost will all depend on your requirements, what you want, what technology you need and if you’ll and if you simply need a migration or a rebuild. To make things easier for you, we work to Agile methodology and can help you create something based on your budget and requirements. If this is of interest, get in touch today and let us help make your move seamless and calm.