Magento 1 End of Life is coming. From June 2020, Magento will no longer provide support and updates for their previous generation sites. Translation? Merchants using the platform need to look for an alternative.
In this post, we’ll take a closer look at Magento 1 End of Life, what it means for users and how to move forward with your ecommerce site.
Magento 1 End of Life – the basics
Magento 1 End of Life isn’t the end of the platform, per se. However, it means the end of support for any sites run on the platform. That means any sites still run on Magento 1 (Open Source or Commerce) after June 2020 will risk poor security, non-compliance and data breaches.
First and foremost, there will be no security patches for Magento 1 sites following Magento 1 End of Life. That will leave sites vulnerable to all kinds of security issues, which could result in a data breach. Needless to say, this will have a long-lasting impact on your company’s reputation.
On top of that, Magento 1 sites will no longer be compliant with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. These are standards set by the likes of Mastercard and Visa to enable businesses to accept payments through them. If your site continues to take payments without being compliant, you could face a hefty fine.
The next steps
Taking all of the above into account, it’s clear that merchants need to migrate their site away from Magento 1. But where is best?
Naturally, Magento is pushing customers towards a Magento 2 upgrade, as you are making a like-for-like switch to the next generation platform. However, the market is changing and Magento isn’t the simple go-to option anymore for retailers of all shapes and sizes.
Firstly, it’s time-consuming and complex to work with, making it tricky to respond to changes in your industry or take advantage of new opportunities. Factor in the high cost of ownership too, and it’s easy to see how this platform is now more suited to just a few specific niches.
So, what are your options?
Whilst there are other platforms, few compare with a migration from Magento 1 to WooCommerce.
As a WordPress plugin, WooCommerce is backed by the world’s most popular website platform. With that comes a vast pool of features offering rich functionality for your website. That includes plugins for SEO, analytics and all kinds of ecommerce functions, which can really set your store out from the rest.
On top of that, the platform allows for endless customisability. From the colours and fonts to menus, layout and widgets, you can get a site that’s true to your brand. Rather than simply migrating from Magento 1, you can actually upgrade your site in the process to make it better than ever.
Talk to the WooCommerce experts
If you’re looking to remove the hassle and stress of Magento 1 End of Life, the team at Lime Web Development can help with a fully-managed M. Our WooCommerce experts can provide a like-for-like migration or complete rebuild of your site on the new platform.
To find out more, simply get in touch with us on 01257 752505.