What makes a good eCommerce platform? Performance, flexibility, and ease-of-use. Magento 1 epitomized these features upon release in 2008 as well as throughout most of its lifespan, however, times have changed and no amount of updates can help Magento 1 keep up with its modern counterparts. The core technology has evolved as have the expectations and demands for eCommerce platforms. Additionally, the long-anticipated Magento 1 end-of-life (EOL), scheduled for July 1, 2020, is now reality. This is another key factor, rendering Magento 1 not only outdated compared to Magento 2, but also increasingly unsafe to use due to suspension of official support by both Magento and a growing number of third-party service providers.
Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration process is perceived to be intimidating by some merchants, resulting in their postponing the procedure indefinitely. Plus, after years of using Magento 1 many grew attached to the familiar features and demonstrated robustness of the platform.
But just like parting with your old rusty coffee-grinder for a top-of-the-line new one, migration to Magento 2 is a change you`ll appreciate immediately and you’ll wonder why it took you so long. The new grinder is faster, works better, has more functions, and is easier to clean.
Replatforming your Magento 1 store to the newer, more capable Magento 2 will have the same effect. The initial difficulties of the migration process prove insignificant in comparison with the benefits that come with Magento 2 migration.
Migrate to Magento 2 and drive more sales. Simple as that.
Magento 1 EOL was first announced back in September 2018, and July 1, 2020 has marked the point where Magento 1 stores stop receiving official support from Magento/Adobe. To this note, many 3rd party service providers (e.g., payment gateways) have followed the same trend, leaving fewer options on the table for Magento 1 merchants.
What does it mean for businesses that still haven’t switched from Magento 1 to Magento 2 stores? A number of shortcomings, ranging from manageable to critical. This includes the end of technical support, unpatched security vulnerabilities, death of Magento 1 3rd party extension integration and application ecosystem. This puts your Magento 1 store, your business and your customers at risk of missing out on profits and running into security issues.
Why is Magento pushing so hard for merchants to complete the migration process? The answer is a combination of an outdated technology powering the Magento 1 platform and the benefits and opportunities brought by Magento 2. The bottom line is it’s unwise to manage large eCommerce stores and funnel revenue using a 10+ year old technology and infrastructure: it is slow and inefficient, it doesn’t meet modern requirements, and it is open for a number of potential security vulnerabilities.
Unsurprisingly, there has been an observable spike in migration requests. With tens of thousands Magento 1 stores still live across the industry past EOL, the interest will not be fading anytime soon - continuously straining every quality Magento agency for developer resources. Don’t fall behind, and plan your Magento 2 migration process as early as possible. Else you might be sleepwalking into a disaster further down the line, dragging your customers along with you.
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Even though some nuances may vary depending on project specifics, the overall migration process can be outlined as seen below. Keep in mind that any custom code and any theme customizations are not transferable. Thus, preserving them after migration will require additional development and investments, since they have to be fully re-done on Magento 2.
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