Magento 1.x retirement – less than 15 months away

Magento, the open-source e-commerce platform was officially first released March 31, 2008; 9 years ago. Soon Magento will only be supporting version 2.x and above. Given that there are hundreds of thousands of sites using Magento.

According to Aionhill, by May 2017, Magento 2 has gained a significant move forward in the Top one million, 523 ecommerce stores run on Magento 2. According to their statistics there are approximately 11,000 Magento 2 web stores on the entire Internet. Most of them switched from WooCommerce.

There have been many security issues with Magento, quickly patched – but since support will soon be dropped, these will no longer be fixed. In 2015 it was reported that outdated or unpatched Magento web stores are susceptible to Cross-site scripting, and in 2017, many stores were found to be susceptible to a Remote Code execution attack. Both allow the possibility of skimming credit card information or taking over the entire database and server.

A vague date of November was given in the official Magento Blog, but as announced by Ben Boisvert, the Head of Product at Magento, the official date of Magento 1.x sunset is November 18th 2018, less than 15 months away.

The date comes from the Magento Enterprise Edition Agreement, which says that Magento will support the two previous versions for 3 years after a new version is made generally available. Magento 2.0’s General Availability (GA) date was November 17, 2015 – making November 18, 2018 the first day without support for Magento 1.x.

Magento 2 is a complete rewrite of the Magento platform, based on a solid set of standard frameworks and much friendly product and front-end management.

We’ve recently discussed the options in online eCommerce, including the ever-popular Magento. We’ve helped migration from many other platforms, including to-and-from Woocommerce, BT Fresca, and many others. Do let us know if we can help.