It’s Time to Move to Magento M2
Magento M1 will reach end of life in June of 2020. What are your options?
As of June 2020, Magento M1 will no longer be supported by Adobe. There will be no further platform or security updates. Bear Group is available to help users migrate their sites to the improved M2 platform.
Do I Really Have to Migrate?
No, but we recommend it. Your current M1 site won’t cease to function, and the Open Source community edition may even still generate occasional modules for it, but it will no longer have the benefit of support from Adobe. This is particularly a concern on the security front, where regular support is generally required to keep up with emerging threats and technologies. It is also likely that open source development from the community will slow dramatically as most developers will be focusing on M2.
Depending on who’s hosting your website, it may go offline. Some hosting providers will only host supported platforms. If you’re determined to stay on M1, you should contact your hosting provider today to verify whether or not they will allow you to stay online.
Even if M1 were still supported, we’d still recommend moving to M2, as it sports a number of high-value improvements.
What Are the Improvements In M2?
Magento M2 sports a wide array of improvements for both the developers and merchants.
For developers, M2 has made improvements designed to both simplify the development process and improve page performance. Among other tweaks, M2 offers full page caching to enable faster page loads, added support for PHP and MySQL Percona, and introduced fully responsive default reference themes. If you’d like more information on these (and other) improvements, we covered them in our "When Is It Time To Upgrade?" guide.
Merchants also benefit from faster page loads, of course, but there are many other benefits as well. They’ve simplified the user interface for administrators, making it easier to navigate and find the tools you need when you need them. The accelerated page loads empower other new features, such as multiple shipping locations and an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) entry point to accommodate integrations. M2 also introduces a static CMS homepage for any non-product content. This homepage is easy to style, update, and customize as needed.
Perhaps most valuable of all the improvements, Magento M2 implements a two-step checkout pipeline. This streamlined UX flow has been thoroughly tested and is designed to both simplify the purchasing experience for users and increase the conversion rate for merchants. Merchants will no longer need to manage outside web extensions to streamline conversions.
Magento M2 also maintains or improves all of the classic Magento Commerce functionality.
Are There Other Options?
Yes, you could move your website to a different service. We don’t suggest this option, though, you’ll be effectively starting from scratch, and you may lose some important functionality. For example, there are Magento modules that enable customization as part of the purchase flow; most other platforms don’t. Additionally, existing customer accounts and order data will not be preserved, and will either need to be tediously manually recreated… which may not be possible in many cases.
That’s not to say you have to migrate, though. Depending on the scope and nature of your business, you might be fine switching to another provider, there’ll just be a lot of hassle/inconvenience on the way there.
Ultimately you should do what’s best for you and your business. In almost all cases, we think that’ll be migrating to Magento M2, but nobody knows your business’ needs better than you do.
What’s The Best Way to Migrate?
M2 will be a new instance of your website, and will require a new install. You can migrate over your customer and order date using Magento’s data migration tool, but your themes, bundles, modules, and the like will need to be rebuilt. That can seem intimidating, but it’s also an opportunity for improvements. Migrating presents a unique opportunity to tweak, improve, or remove elements of your previous site that weren’t working the way you wanted them to.
We covered the more technical ins-and-outs of migration in a previous blog here.
Still, we understand that transferring, updating, and recreating your website can seem daunting. That’s where we come in. Bear Group offers full-service migration solutions. We’ll handle the entire process, porting over your existing data and updating or recreating all your modules, themes, and ERP Integrations. If there are improvements you want to make during the transition, we can help with those, too.
It’s time to move on from Magento M1. Not only will it no longer be supported, but Magento M2 is an objectively better solution for modern businesses. Bear Group specializes in making the transition easy, and are ready to help you upgrade your site whenever you’re ready.