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Support Ending for Magento 1 – Time to Upgrade to Magento 2

Security, plugins and data integration all affected

Businesses using Magento for their eCommerce marketplaces need to be aware that Magento is ending support at the end of June for Magento Commerce 1 and Magento Open Source 1.

This could have a significant effect on many businesses and merchants. Without ongoing quality and security patches it could put your web store at risk and some plugins used in Magento 1 may not be compatible with Magento 2.

Versions affected* include:

  • Magento Commerce 1 (Enterprise) V1.12
  • Magento Commerce 1 (Enterprise) V1.13
  • Magento Commerce 1 (Enterprise) V1.14
  • Magento Open Source 1 (Community) V 1.5
  • Magento Open Source 1 (Community) V 1.6
  • Magento Open Source 1 (Community) V 1.7
  • Magento Open Source 1 (Community) V 1.8
  • Magento Open Source 1 (Community) V 1.9

This may come as a shock to some, but it is not new news; it has always been part of Magento’s Software Lifecycle Policy and was highlighted in a Magento blog post back in September 2018.

“While we’re committed to supporting the success of all merchants, the time to upgrade to Magento Commerce 2 is now. We encourage all Magento Commerce 1 customers to reach out to their Customer Success Managers or development partners to start their upgrade planning as soon as possible,” said Joe Ayyoub, Director of Support Operations, Magento.

Upgrading to Magento 2

The other problem that this does raise is that upgrading to Magento 2 is not exactly straightforward and has knock-on effects for integration with other business systems.

Businesses that are still using Magento 1 should get in contact with their IT service provider immediately to discuss the implications and ideally start the migration to Magento 2. It’s a fairly convoluted process and will require, at least, a partial site redesign.

As for integration with existing business systems, plugins will need to be updated and new tasks will need to be written and remapped to accommodate the changes in Magento 2. Again, businesses should be contacting their IT service provider to make sure that these can be implemented in good time.

*You can check which version of Magento your website is running on by logging into the Magento Admin and scrolling to the bottom of the page. The version that your website is running on will be shown at the centre of the footer.

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