Magento 1 EOL Coming June 2020
In just a little over one month, official support for the Magento 1 platform will end. End of life for Magento 1 support has been set for June 2020 for quite some time. However, as of spring 2020, over 150,000 stores on the Magento 1 platform have yet to migrate to Magento 2.
Magento announced the EOL date for the Magento 1 platform way back in September 2018, to give merchants ample time and opportunity to complete their migrations to Magento 2. That simply hasn’t happened for many merchants though. Whether these merchants decided to play a dangerous game of chicken with Magento in the hopes of getting an extension, didn’t have the budget for a migration, or simply forgot, the fact remains that their websites will no longer receive any official security updates or Magento 1 support after June 30th.
Options for Those Still Using Magento 1
When Magento 1 EOL was announced, users were faced with three options; they could choose to migrate their ecommerce website to the new and improved Magento 2 platform, they could move to a different platform, such as Shopify, or they could simply stay on Magento 1 and hope for the best. Each of these options come with their share of hurdles to overcome.
Migrating to Magento 2 is the most obvious solution, and the one that Magento clearly envisioned for their users. The Magento 2 platform has significant improvements over its first iteration, and is one of the best ecommerce platforms in the world. However, migrating from M1 to M2 is no small feat. Migrations are costly and time consuming, costing anywhere from $10k to $200k and taking up to six months to complete. Many M1 users simply do not have the budget to undertake such a large project.
Moving to a new platform is a decision that is rife with complications. Not only would users have to rebuild their site from the ground up, their staff would need to learn all of the ins and outs of the new platform. The scale of development and training needed to successfully change platforms is staggering. Leaving Magento altogether for a competing platform is usually the last choice for Magento users and is not recommended.
Staying on Magento 1 is the easiest solution, as it has required users to not really do anything until now. However, with EOL and the end of official support quickly approaching, burying your head in the sand is no longer an option. Even if a merchant wanted to migrate to M2, it would take up to six months to complete the migration. That’s where we come in.
How to Stay on Magento 1 With Ongoing Support
Forix has created a unique Magento 1 security package for M1 eCommerce sites as part of our managed services packages. This security package will provide your website with regular security audits and updates to make sure everything is running smoothly. We perform uptime monitoring and PCI scans to ensure that your site is online and PCI compliant, so that you can continue to make sales. Our security monitoring service for Magento 1 websites will continue to provide you with protection from malware and cyberattacks, and monitoring of your site to ensure your ongoing security, even after the official EOL for M1 comes to pass.