It’s been around three years since Magento 2’s inception, and it’s not uncommon to see Magento restricting support to older versions of its eCommerce platform. A couple of days ago we received a revised document of Magento Software Support Commitments, and it’s indeed a heads up to customers running Magento 1 on their stores.

This article provides an update on Magento 1 support and why it is high time for merchants to migrate to Magento 2.

Support Extended

Though time and again Magento insists customers to migrate to the latest versions, many Magento 1 customers are still out there running in good shape. Taking this into account, Magento has extended the software support, yet again, to ensure that those customers staying in Magento 1 have enough time and confidence to upgrade to Magento 2. The latest update states:

Magento Commerce 1

Magento Commerce version
(original release date)
Security patches Quality fixes
1.13 (October 2013)
1.14 (July 2014)
Provided through June 2020 Provided through June 2020
1.9 (July 2010)
1.10 (February 2011)
1.11 (August 2011)
1.12 (April 2012)
Provided through June 2020 Not provided

Magento Open Source 1

Magento Open Source version
(original release date)
Security patches Quality fixes
1.5 (February 2011)
1.6 (August 2011)
1.7 (April 2012)
1.8 (September 2013)
1.9 (May 2014)
Provided through June 2020 Not provided

Now that support is extended, why upgrade?

All good software platforms continue to evolve based on the changing business needs. Magento 1 is a successful eCommerce platform. Magento 2 is the next natural step in the evolution. It has been designed to overcome some of the key challenges in Magento 1.

Merchants are embracing Magento 2 and if you are looking to stay at the top of your game, now is the time to do the upgrade.

Here are  some compelling reasons for migration:

  1. Take advantage of the advanced feature list of Magento 2
  2. Longer the delay, more you’ll miss out.
  3. Magento 2 is growing exponentially
  4. PHP 5.6 end-of-life
  5. Sooner or later the support for Magento 1 may become more or less non-existent

Feature-rich Magento 2

Magento has come a long way since the beginning, and they have got some great new features especially for B2B merchants. The latest versions of Magento have a modern technology stack that supports better performance and scalability. That said, Magento has completely overhauled its recent platform to support high performance, scalability along with insightful analytics.

Longer the delay, more you’ll miss out

Business opportunity costs play the main role in running a successful business, and this highly depends on how you’re catching up with the competitors and current market trend. Magento Commerce 2 provides the right capabilities to accelerate conversion, growth, and operational efficiency. The longer merchants delay upgrading to Magento Commerce 2, the more they are potentially missing out on significant opportunity to accelerate the growth trajectory of their business.

Magento 2 is growing exponentially

Stats also show that Magento 2’s popularity and usage has increased and continues growing, meaning more merchants have seen success in migrating to the latest version.

Magento 2 stat

PHP 5.6 end-of-life

Official support from Magento to PHP 5.6 ends on Dec 31, 2018. Thus, Magento has advised its Magento 1 users to upgrade to PHP 7.2 version for appropriate software support through June 2020. To avoid technical complexities, it’s rather advisable to migrate to the latest versions of Magento at the earliest time possible.

Hope this blog post turned out to be useful, and should you have any further queries or any assistance regarding Migrating to Magento 2, feel free to drop us a line.

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