Magento 1.x has been on the market for over 10 years, having gained a wide
community of devotees and supporters.
However, the end of life date for the platform is now set — starting from June 2020, version 1 of both Magento Commerce and Magento Open Source editions, formerly known as Magento Enterprise and Magento Community editions, will no longer be supported by Adobe.
The consequences are no surprise:
No official software support
No security patches or bug fixes
No third-party integration support
No third-party extension or theme support
No agencies with Magento 1 expertise to help you out
Why Magento 1 end of life matters
Running on an unsupported platform after the end of life could cause
irreversible changes to the way Magento 1 sites operate.
As security updates and patches will no longer be introduced, you will inevitably
face a whole range of vulnerabilities and risks, including:
Your ecommerce website will fail to block any malicious scripts
embedded by penetrators. In the best case scenario your store will become much slower, whereas in the
worst — your website will stop functioning completely.
Man in the middle attack
Brute force attacks
Credit card frauds & personal data exposure
Sensitive payment information becomes highly vulnerable with no proper
security means in place. Insecure online transactions and personal data breach risks could lead to
tremendous financial damage and lawsuits, consequently triggering the loss of customer trust and
Technical debt accumulation
The lack of official support will require significant efforts from
in-house team or external service providers to maintain the platform and handle the ever-growing
amount of technical issues through additional development. The technical debt will increase
progressively, and so will the total cost of ownership.
Payment integration failure
Payment gateway integrations your customers are used to will not be
supported by vendors. Figuring out a convenient and easy new way of making payments on your legacy
Magento 1 store might become a tough and expensive challenge.
Chances are, your business might get extinct
Website’s resistance to malware attacks depends heavily on the
compatibility of versions of the systems and services it runs on.
A customer of ours used a third-party ERP solution that supported an outdated version
of Magento 2, complicating timely platform updates. Having underestimated the severity
of the situation, stakeholders decided to leave everything as is rather than to refine
the integration between Magento 2 and the ERP system or to update the platform.
Compatibility restrictions made the store an easy target for hackers: due to an encrypted
malicious code embedded on the site, attackers were able to copy customers’ credit card
data on the fly.
Chief Business Development Officer @ Staylime
Having detected the vulnerability in the shortest time, our team patched the
system to secure it from further attacks and upgraded it to the latest Magento
version available, while keeping the ERP integration afloat. Fortunately, we have
prevented the irreversible consequences this issue could have caused and convinced
the customer that regular updates are a must to ensure that the business is running
Is it still a long way off?
The countdown to Magento 1 end of life is on, creating an illusion there is still plenty of room for
you to make a maneuver and shift to a newer version. We’re afraid, we have bad news for you.
Migration to Magento 2 might become a challenging initiative to tackle. Whilst
the necessary development works will last for at least 3–6 months, you will also have to take care of
numerous project aspects beforehand, such as:
Do you still think you have a lot of time for the change? Recall GDPR.
The news about the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was announced almost 2
years before its official enforcement date on May 25, 2018.
Despite the fast-rising hype, the majority of businesses held off on taking
actions to ensure timely GDPR compliance. It didn’t take long for regulatory consulting fees to skyrocket,
making short-sighted businesses pay a high price.
Magento 2: reasons to upgrade
Magento 2: reasons to upgrade
A fresh start with no past wrongs
In case migration to Magento 2 is inevitable after Magento 1 end of life, take the most out of this opportunity
to breathe new life into your ecommerce business and start afresh. Whether you seek to revise current
functionality or make use of custom Magento extensions, any changes or enhancements your business requires can be
easily introduced to the new version of the platform.
Magento upgrade is a direct way to streamline existing operations,
optimize IT efforts and, consequently, reduce TCO by:
Refining and optimizing the source code
Removing irrelevant extensions and unnecessary features
Replacing non‑effective and sluggish extensions with Magento 2
alternatives with a cleaner code
Building highly productive extensions based on Magento guidelines, in
cases where ready‑made solutions are not the best choice to meet business requirements
Developing a fully‑custom responsive theme to transform digital
increasing website performance and conversion rates
Magento 2: reasons to upgrade
Better performance, security and SEO
Thanks to robust architecture based on the latest technology stack, as
outpacing not only Magento 1, but also other ecommerce platforms on the market
The second version of the platform features hashing algorithms for
password management, enhanced attack prevention tools, as well as flexible ownership and permission
management capabilities, which makes Magento 2 highly secure. Security patches and updates for the
platform will continue to be regularly released by Adobe, further enabling strong protection of ecommerce
websites from potential vulnerabilities
And with its in-built schema markup, improved XML sitemap, and rich snippets support,
Magento 2 excels at SEO too, helping online stores rank higher in search engines.
Magento 2 benefits
PHP 7.x support
Enjoy new security fixes and improvements that directly affect your
web store’s speed
Unnecessary browser operations on the client’s side are now reduced
Varnish caching support
Speed up the delivery of your content with a factor of 300–1000x
In-built image compression
Optimize images directly on server using Magento 2 built-in tools
2x faster page loading
Customers now wait less, meaning that they are more likely to convert
Rich snippet support
Enjoy an improved outlook of search engine results
XML sitemap generation
Customize page priority and update frequency for any product
Control which products should appear in search results
Boost your Magento SEO by marking up your product page content and metadata
Easily embed Google Tag Manager into your store
Strengthened hashing (SHA-256) for passwords
Passwords are now more resilient to attacks
Improved XSS prevention
Prevent client-side scripts from being injected into your store
Flexible file system ownership and permissions
Make your production filesystem more secure
Improved prevention of clickjacking exploits
Prevent users from being tricked into interaction with invisible or disguised webpage elements
Non-default Magento Admin URL
Prevent target attacks on specific locations using automated password guessing
Preprocessing with LESS
Increase the readability and easen the maintenance of your style-related code
Simplify development with these renowned standards
Templating with Twig
Create reusable components with complex conditions
Enjoy less hustle with the most crucial functionality, that is — payments
Responsive admin panel
You can now access your store on the go
BI-oriented admin dashboard
You can now monitor your current state of business
Product creation wizard
You can now create new products faster
Taking advantage of the out-of-the-box capabilities provided by Magento 2, Staylime
amplifies the platform with custom-built tools and business-specific solutions to ensure your ecommerce
website runs like clockwork after the migration.
Going for Magento 2 or re-platform? We say Magento 2!
With a multitude of ecommerce platforms available today, deciding on whether to
stay on Magento or switch the vendor after Magento 1 end of life is a fair question you might bump into. Based on industry and our own
experience, we highly recommend to continue running on one of the leading solutions. There are
multiple reasons for that:
You already have experience with Magento: a familiar interface and business
logic ensure rapid onboarding with no need for any additional training.
Magento boasts an intuitive and user‑friendly administration panel,
making it easy to maintain the website and introduce any necessary changes on your own.
Magento is a highly scalable and extendable platform able to support your
business all the way it grows by providing limitless potential for further customization and
An official Magento-specific migration tool is available out-of-the-box,
facilitating and accelerating the entire migration process. The transition to any other platform
will take a lot more time and effort. Guaranteed.
The investment required to switch between the two versions of Magento is way
lower than implementing a solution based on a different platform from scratch. In addition to that,
extensions for Magento 1 are most likely already available for Magento 2, which further reduces
overall project costs.
One of our clients specializing in modular parts production employs a third-party
invoicing system integrated with their Magento 1 online store. Understanding the fast
approaching date of Magento 1 support shutdown, the invoicing system vendor has already
announced the upcoming release of the Magento 2 version of the system. Hence, the company’s
migration to Magento 2 will be smooth, as the invoicing services they successfully use now will
be available for the upgraded platform too.
Chief Business Development Officer @ Staylime
Unavailability of optimal alternatives to the extensions and integrations already
in place is a major issue a business may collide, if replacing Magento 1 with a different
ecommerce platform. Not only will it require additional investment into the initial
research of solutions and, later on, their customization, but also into further employee
training. Besides, partial business process transformation may be required, in case the
new solution is not fully adaptable to existing operations.
All in all, upgrading to Magento 2 is your optimal choice. No doubts.
Migration to Magento 2 with Staylime
From core and database migration to functionality enhancement and user
interface fine-tuning, Staylime offers the full scope of Magento migration services, powering businesses with top-notch capabilities of Magento 2.
From automated database migration to complete functionality redevelopment,
Staylime takes on all the pains associated with upgrade to Magento 2.
Your migration project failed?
Whether you’re looking to change your current Magento service provider or recover
a troubled migration project, Staylime is ready to undertake project rescue
at any stage.
With dozens of Magento upgrade projects behind, our team knows exactly how to make
migration a success.
When it comes to store migration, in-depth expertise and project experience, as
well as the highest attention to detail of a vendor are the attributes that cannot be compromised on.
One of the infamous Magento service providers took on a migration project for a large
ecommerce business with over $60 mln of annual turnover. Laden with deadline and Magento 1 end of life pressure, the project team
failed to follow development best practices and made crucial mistakes in Magento’s core, having damaged
mission-critical data and store’s functionality. This resulted in higher system support costs and TCO,
whereas the technical debt increased respectively. In turn, the website’s performance and speed have
decreased, which affected the overall user experience and consequently caused conversion rate drops.
Jan Guardian, Chief Business Development Officer @ Staylime
Recovery costs were immense and business performance decreased drastically,
making the company suffer a substantial loss because of the IT vendor’s recklessness.
Jan is the Chief Business Development Officer at Staylime, a Magento design
and development company headquartered in Redwood City, California. He is a
Member of the Magento Association and an Adobe Sales Accreddited Magento
Commerce professional. Jan is responsible for developing and leading the sales
and digital marketing strategies of the company. He is passionate about ecommerce
and Magento in particular — throughout the years his articles have been featured
on Retail Dive, Hackernoon, Chief Marketer, Mobile Marketer, TMCnet, and many others.