Magento 1 will stop being supported in June 2020 and though this might seem a long way off there is still plenty to think about.
The arrival of Magento 2 was initially greeted with excitement, interest, and curiosity. An all-singing-all-dancing upgrade that promises to bring about enhanced performance and greater scalability.
But, of course, as the saying goes, when door opens another one closes (or something like that) and the question is already being asked: “What will happen to Magento 1 now that there is now a newer version on the scene?”
With over 250,000 retailers using Magento Commerce worldwide this is something that is bound to affect a lot of business and retailers, many of whom are still using the original platform.
So our Lead Developer and Magento 2 Certified Professional Front End Developer Tom Hughes tries to answer some of the burning questions regarding the future of Magento and what we can expect in 2020.
What Will Happen After End of Life?
Magento will not release any more security patches or updates once EOL occurs and, essentially, there will no longer be support for the platform and merchants.
Also while Magento 1 EOL is June 2020 merchants should be aware of PHP’s EOL for PHP 5.6 and 7.0 as these are much sooner. A lot of Magento 1 sites will be running on PHP 5.6 and support ends for this on 31st December 2018 while support for 7.0 ends 3rd December 2018. Don’t worry though, Magento have released an official patch to make Magento 1 Open Source compatible with PHP 7.2.
How will this affect my site?
In the short term it probably won’t, as long as you keep up with Magento’s security patches, and have a good hosting solution, then you should be fine. Let’s be honest, it’s always worth running your own security checks and also auditing your site regularly.
But remember, while Magento will continue to release security patches until June 2020 there will be no new features or even quality fixes released for Magento 1 Open Source from now on.
What are the benefits of Magento 2?
Page loads in Magento 2 are 30% to 50% faster while studies show it can handle up to 39% more orders per hour with 66% faster add-to-cart times than Magento 1 and performance that fast means more user interaction with your site, more products added to your site’s cart, and more sales.
Magento 2 can also manage more products than Magento 1 giving your customers more choice. While Magento 1 can generally handle up to around 10,000 – 25,000 products, Magento 2 can easily handle nearly 10 times that amount as demonstrated by our client LR Parts who are able to showcase around 180,000 on their Magento 2 site. Management of these products and other areas of the site, through the admin area, is also made easier thanks to the new modernised dashboard which has gone down really well with merchants.