Magento 1.x EOL: The Perils of Delaying Your Move to M2

Earlier this year, the rumored M1 end of life was indefinitely postponed. While this came as a relief to some, there are many reasons why you shouldn’t get too comfortable. This blog post will tell you what you need to know about formulating a proactive migration plan that will enable a successful transition from M1 to M2 prior to EOL.
 

Magento 1.x EOL and the differences in M1 & M2

“The end of life for Magento 1 will be November 18th.” “Did you know that Magento EOL is scheduled for the end of 2018?” “The M1 EOL is postponed.” “So, the EOL for M1 isn’t happening?” First, let’s clear the air about the specifics of Magento 1.x’s end of life. In 2017, Magento stated its plans to cease production of updates and support for Magento 1 at Meet Magento in Prague. Months later, the prospected EOL date was postponed and it was announced that Magento 1.x support will continue into 2019. Additionally, Magento has committed to an 18-month minimum notice before making any major changes regarding the continuation of M1 support. Representatives at Magento have tentatively suggested that things will run smoothly for M1 until at least June 2020.

To ensure that you don’t create future obstacles for your business, there are a few things you should know before you get complacent following the M1 EOL delay. From a technical standpoint, M2 is integrative, more advanced, and highly sustainable. The M2 updated platform boasts new capabilities and improvements to M1 including:

  • Full-page caching
  • High code quality and testing abilities
  • Easy installations and upgrades
  • Improved performance and scalability
  • Streamlined customizations
  • Mobile responsiveness
  • Simplified external integrations
  • Modern tech stack
  • And MORE…
While the M1 EOL may no longer have a specified date, there are a plethora of issues and problems you might encounter as an ecommerce store if you chose to shelve your move to M2. Choosing to build a new site on M1, or extended reliance on an M1 store, this late in the game could lead to software issues, complications with subsequent migration attempts, and a strain on your yearly budget, especially if you operate a small business. It’s probable that many ecommerce agencies will attempt to continue operating on their M1 site well after the EOL is announced and scheduled— this is a short- and long-term problem.

Many people have found success by utilizing the ever-growing Magento community, resources, and the support that groups provide to each other through these channels. However, as the number of individuals, organizations, and businesses making the shift from M1 to M2 increases, community-based or third-party security patches, support within the ecosystem, and updates/extensions will begin to focus exclusively on M2. The most concerning aspect of these issues stem from security patches, which will lead to errors, breaches, and even malicious cyber-attacks.

Why migration is necessary

Although you’ll no longer be facing the possibility that you could be stranded with an unsupported platform by the end of November, it’s time to start planning your systemic approach to migration. In addition to issues of compromised security and vulnerable privacy features, modules, content, and extensions will become outdated and devoid of potential updates. Lastly, lack of PCI compliance will result in economic consequences including fines and citations.

Companies that currently provide extensions and M1 assistance will focus their attention on Magento 2 and future software releases, resulting in loss of third-party attention and diminished support. Eventually, the point will be reached in which companies stop providing updates and support for their M1 extensions altogether; not to mention, it’s probably not the best business model to rely on risky, external community support in a rapidly-changing industry.

If you’re unable or not yet ready to make the move, your site will be supported for the foreseeable future by the Magento community, but keep in mind that there is no “one-click” or fast-and-easy way to instantaneously transition or update from M1 to M2— migration is not an immediate process. The structural architecture of Magento 2 is new, different, and requires large data migration from various ecommerce carts and categories.

Because Magento likely views M2 as the optimal future for the ecosystem at large, the company will primarily relegate their resources and efforts to the updated platform while phasing out usage of M1. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to make the predictable, eventually-inevitable move to M2 for the success of your website’s future. Being proactive and making the switch sooner rather than later will allow you time to get comfortable with the migration process and the new M2 system.

The importance of migration planning and securing a qualified team

The upgrading process can take extended amounts of time, so waiting until the last minute to make your transition might result in issues with your online store, halts in the efficiency of your business, or your site will reflect an obvious, ineffective rush-job. The exact duration of time that your particular upgrade takes will depend on a multitude of factors: the size and complexity of your ecommerce site, the current versions and extensions you’re using, the intricacies of your store, and the members of your team. To stay one step ahead of the potential complications associated with a last-minute migration, maintain a forward-thinking strategy that allows you to cope with ever-increasing amounts of digital competition in e-stores.

Furthermore, future-proofing your site will allow you to provide new experiences for your customers, as well as meeting patron demands and expectations. It’s imperative to identify the most effective, personalized pathway to M2 for your business that fosters your ability to maintain current operations while guaranteeing a seamless platform transition. As we all know, this is incredibly important because interruptions to your site/store’s functionality and accessibility can be extremely detrimental to the operations of your business.

While existing M1 shops are transitioning and new M2 sites are built, Magento and officially-licensed solution partners like Creatuity will be the driving force behind migration to (and implementation of) M2. If you’re attempting to secure a development agency for your transition, the strongest guarantee that you’ll end up with a best-in-class ecommerce site is to secure a team of qualified experts. At Creatuity, we can offer a wealth of knowledge and resources such as:

  • One of the most prolific commerce cloud launching agencies in the U.S.
  • 20+ Magento 2 Trained Developers
  • Four Magento 2 Certified Solution Specialists
  • Amongst the highest number of successful M1 to M2 transitions in North America
  • Contributed core Magento code that created the Instant Purchase function
  • Recipient of two Imagine Awards
    • Spirit of Excellence – Americas
    • Best in Class Implementation
  • Winner of 5 Horizon Interactive Awards
Make sure that you stay ahead of the EOL curve by planning a thorough approach to migration that creates plenty of time and wiggle-room for the the transition. If you don’t, you’ll have trouble incorporating both internal and external procedures, extensions, updates, and marketing software that can majorly impact your business. Our team of certified professionals strive to remain one step ahead by mastering integration and transition to M2 early rather than being a part of the learning curve. We’re capable of providing you with customized approaches to web development and which modules or features can improve your future site.

Now that you know the facts behind the postponed M1 EOL and how it will impact the future of your ecommerce site, you’re ready to migrate or transition without worrying or waiting too long. We look forward to seeing you on Magento 2!

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