Update on Magento’s Support for Magento 1.x

Magento 1 end of life has been formally announced, meaning no more security updates after June 2020. Here we explain exactly what that means and look suggest some options, including migrating to Magento 2.

To summarise

They will support Magento Community Edition 1.5 through to 1.9 and Magento Enterprise Edition 1.12 through to 1.14, up until June 2020. Support means providing security updates only, however, it does mean you have more time to consider your options, but don’t dilly dally!

Now for some details
Magento changing their support timeline for Magento Community Edition 1.5 to 1.9 and Magento 1.12 to 1.14 is good news for the merchants that have held off for one reason or another. We have certainly found that some merchants have either been nervous (good reasons to) about the move or were just not prepared for the investment required.

So, let’s be clear here about this announcement…

First and foremost, there will only be code quality and security patch releases. This means that your store will be secure, but there will be no new features and Magento Extension developers are certainly not providing any new features for Magento 1.x.

Furthermore, PHP 5.6 ends its security support in December 2018, this is development language that Magento runs on and is developed with. So, as a result, Magento are going to provide a release for Magento 1.x to run on PHP 7. However, this may have implications if you have any extensions installed, as in, they might not work! Further to this, they will not modify the platform for compliance i.e. PCI, SOC. ISO etc, this will be the responsibility of the merchant.

So yes, this has given you some time, but really only to stand still!

Final word from us on this
This really is all about keeping the wheels on the bus, not about growth or progression of your store. Magento have bought you some time, but if you still want to be relevant and have a strong online future to look forward to, then time is still of the essence.

At objectsource, we have completed a number of Magento 1.x to Magento 2.x migrations and helped those merchants really step up their game that in turn has driven up revenue and customer loyalty.

Worried about how to even start, then here are some tips if you want to prepare for a Magento migration. Maybe this is less of concern than how you can be in control of your new Magento 2 website build.

Magento official announcement page

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