Magento 1.x End of Life: Not as scary as it sounds

Magento 2.0 was originally announced in 2010, released in November 2015, and yet Magento 1.x is still the major Magento version. What does this mean for you and your business?!

4 Jason Ford

So many Magento questions, so little time!

Do I need to rush out to get a shiny new Magento 2.x site? Will my Magento 1.x site be unsecured, or out of date if you don’t upgrade? Am I losing business by not upgrading? Should I even consider launching a new website on Magento 1.9?

We’re going to try and answer all of the above, as well as give you our views on how things are going with Magento in general, ahead of their Magento Live UK conference next month.

Quick timeline of Magento 2.0

  • Dec 2010 – Magento 2 was originally announced as a successor to Magento 1.x
  • Feb 2011 – The original release date was set as November 2011
  • June 2011 – Magento was acquired by eBay
  • Sep 2011 – Magento 2 development was halted through various organisational changes
  • ~2011 to 2014~ – Not much is known, but it is thought that the project was completely re-scoped to make it more competitive and future proof
  • Dec 2014 – Developer Beta
  • March 2015 – Developer Release Candidate
  • Sep 2015 – Merchant Beta
  • Nov 2015 – 4 Years later Magento 2.0 was released to the community
  • June 2016 – Magento 2.1 Released
  • ~2016 to 2017~ – Ongoing improvements with a new version ever 2 months so far.
  • May 2017 – Current latest version is Magento 2.1.7

Read more about features and benefits on our Magento 2 page, or read about our Magento Design & Build projects.

Magento 1.x is not End of Life

When Magento originally announced 2.0 for public use, Magento 1.x was given a 3 year timeline for End of Life; November 2018. However, at the time of writing , Magento have announced that they will continue to support Magento 1.x and have no current plans to stop supporting it.

Magento’s official blog post states on 30th of May 2017:

“Magento 1 has been and will continue to be supported for the foreseeable future. We have no intention of denying access to our world-class software and know your business relies on Magento to drive growth and differentiation for your brand.”

It also commits to giving 18 months of notice before they make any changes to their support level, showing that Magento are keen to keep supporting the many businesses that rely on their software, and to maintain the good will with the development community that are building and supporting these sites.

Your questions answered!

Below are some of the more common questions, complaints and misunderstandings around Magento (specifically Magento 2). If you can’t find an answer to a question you’re looking for, feel free to get in contact, and we’ll try to guide you in the right direction for your business and your situation.

Is Magento dying?

Magento is still the largest Open Source Ecommerce system in the world, and has a huge number of installations when compared to nearest rivals Demandware and Hybris. The community based around Magento is continuing to grow each year, as more and more companies embrace the Magento platform.

Magento is one of the safest technologies to build your business around, due not only to it’s capabilities, but also its huge community support.

  • % of Alexa Top 100k Sites

  • % of Open Source Ecommerce

  • Magento 2 Monthly Growth

Is Magento 1.x going to be around?

Magento will continue to support Magento 1.x with updates and patches. This probably means no new 1st party features will be brought to the platform, however there is already a huge amount of  existing module and design development available online.

Even Mark Lavelle (Magento CEO) is keen to get the message out there tweeting:

Should I upgrade to Magento 2?

If you’re not on Magento yet, then you should definitely be considering Magento 2 as your next Ecommerce system for it’s flexibility, performance, and out of the box capabilities. If you’d like to find out more about our Magento projects and how it can benefit your business, you can get in contact with one of our Magento specialists.

For those currently on Magento 1.x, we offer Ecommerce Consultancy  to help guide your decision, whether it be how to get the most out of your current Magento 1.x site, or how to plan and prepare for a larger scale Magento 2 project.

Is my Magento 1.x site going to unsecure?

Short answer is no, as long as you keep up with Magento’s security patches, and have a good hosting solution, then you should be fine. It’s always worth running your own security checks and also auditing your site regularly.

Magento recently released a security patch (SUPEE-9767 for both Community and Enterprise) and they don’t show any sign of slowing down this practice.

Will my Magento 1.x site be out of date?

Similar to the above question about security, it is very important that you don’t let your Magento site get stagnant.

This means doing the following:

  • Keep all security patches up to date
  • Keep all modules up to date
  • Add new content for your customers
  • Add new features, and optimise existing ones
  • Make sure your site is quick!

Keeping an Ecommerce site performant is a big task, no matter what platform you’re on. The best way to keep your site up to date is to have a Magento Support & Continuous Development service.

Will there be new releases of Magento 1.x?

It is highly unlikely that Magento will do a new ‘major release’ with new features or functionality, instead owners will need to rely on module providers and development agencies.

Am I losing business by not upgrading to Magento 2?

If your current Magento 1.x site is performing well, there really isn’t a need to upgrade straight away, but it would be wise to begin putting a strategy in place to migrate within the next 24 months. Make sure that the strategy works with your other internal operations and marketing. For example, if you’re planning a brand refresh, try to coincide your Magento 2 Design & Build project with the rebranding.

Is Magento 2 better?

It depends on how you define better, but in the majority of situations (security, performance, features, and customer experience) yes, Magento 2 is better than Magento 1.

Summary

There is nothing to panic about with Magento 1 or Magento 2, and with Magento’s latest announcement there is less pressure to act immediately.

However, it is a reminder that as a company you should start preparing for the future without Magento 1.

Do you still have questions about Magento 2? Contact our team today on 020 3813 5351.