Magent-a-gheddon | Magento 1 End of Support Guide2019-07-03T13:21:58-05:00

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MAGENTO 1 END OF SUPPORT
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Last year, Magento announced a final date for sunsetting Magento 1. Since that time, we have fielded a number of enquiries about this announcement and decided to put together this guide for Magento merchants.

WHAT DOES MAGENTO 1 END OF SUPPORT MEAN?

Magento has 2 editions: Magento Commerce and Magento Open Source.

MAGENTO OPEN SOURCE
(fka Magento Community Edition)

Magento stopped feature development and bug fixes on Community / Open Source in May 2015. However, Magento has continued to issue security updates and will continue to do so as new threats emerge until the end date for Magento versions 1.5 and above.

MAGENTO COMMERCE
(fka Magento Enterprise Edition)

Magento has continued and will continue to provide both security patches and bug fixes to Enterprise customers through the end date. In fact, for large customers that have not completed their move to Magento 2, I would guess you can still get some support if your license is big enough.

WHAT IF I AM ALREADY ON MAGENTO 2?

That’s a great question! It depends on your version, but, all currently-released versions of Magento 2 Open Source (through 2.2) will lose security support by September 2019.

WAIT… WHAT?

That is correct. From a security update standpoint, you will be covered for longer if you are still on Magento 1 than Magento 2. With the introduction of Magento 2 the paradigm for keeping your site secure changed from one of issuing security patches to pushing merchants to keep their sites up to date.

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WHAT IS LIKELY TO HAPPEN?

While nobody knows exactly what will happen and when, we can extrapolate some of the big items:

I can’t tell you the time and date this will happen, but, eventually, hackers will get to it. If you are behind on security patches, your site may already be hacked and you just don’t know it. Hackers use crawlers to find Magento sites and test for vulnerabilities.

Eventually, a vulnerability will emerge, a crawler will find your site and a hacker will exploit it. That’s how the internet works. Hackers are like flies on a corpse – they will eventually fill it with maggots.

The more extensions you use, the more vulnerable you are to being hacked. Additionally, ever since the announcement of Magento 2, extension developers have had a decreasing incentive to maintain their code. Updates for extensions will no longer be available and they will fall into disrepair.

Because your Magento site will be full of security holes, your payment processor will insist you fix them or they will drop you for presenting too big of a risk.

HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR MAGENTO 1 END OF LIFE?

You need to be off of Magento 1 before the end of support date. You have a lot of options.

CHOOSE YOUR NEW PLATFORM WISELY

Razoyo by no means assumes you will be moving to Magento 2. You’ll notice I didn’t say ‘upgrade’ to Magento 2. Moving to Magento 2 is replatforming. It will be no easier to migrate your site from Magento 1 than it will be to move to other platforms.

You would probably be remiss not to consider upgrading to Magento 2, but alternatives have changed since you built your Magento 1 site. Consider them.

 

PUT TOGETHER A PLAN

Whatever you choose to do, you need to plan it out. As Bob Seger says you have to know “what to leave in, what to leave out.”

FIND THE RIGHT PARTNER

If you have lots of customers, orders or products you will probably need some help. Whichever platform you choose, find a competent partner that can help you make the move. It will save you money and headaches in the long run.

GET HELP CHOOSING

HOW MUCH TIME DO I REALLY HAVE?

Replatforming will take time. How much really depends on how many customizations and how much data you have.

If you have more than a few hundred products, orders or customers to migrate to your new platform, you’ll need to do some substantial planning.

We have migrated smaller merchants in as little as eight weeks while others took more than a full year to migrate. Your project plan should consider the following phases:

  • Mapping current features to the new platform
  • Rebuilding integrations with ERP, 3PLs and so on
  • Mapping data for customers, products, orders
  • Mapping data for advanced features like store credits
  • Planning for SEO consequences
  • Updating your design
  • Incremental data moves
  • Testing and quality control

Razoyo

Razoyo is an ecommerce consultancy and Magento Certified Developer serving the needs of small and medium-sized web stores. We help online merchants to create, manage, maintain and update their stores, and to solve both business and technology problems.

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