Is Magento 1 Obsolete?

Business owners are almost always hesitant when it comes to making large-scale changes to the software platforms they rely on. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is the usual thought process behind this hesitancy, and usually this is an effective approach – for almost everything except software.

Magento is moving forward. You should too.

Magento 2.0 is not only faster, and better looking than Magento 1.X, it’s also the new standard in the Magento platform. This may not seem significant to you now, after all, the platform only went from 1.9 to 2.0. That’s not too big of a leap right? In this case, it actually is. Magento 2.0 is not just an update – it’s a full scale platform upgrade. This means completely new architecture, new development standards – and well… new everything!

What the release of Magento 2.0 means for Magento 1.X

When Magento 2.0 was announced as the new standard, the Magento team also announced that starting in 2018, Magento 1.X will no longer be supported. As a business owner running Magento 1.X this should be extremely alarming news. Magento is one of the most popular ecommerce platforms in use today. It’s great for both developers and business owners because of the built-in e-commerce tools, great catalog management, and an awesome open source codebase. But more than that, Magento is popular because of its fantastic support. The Magento team frequently releases security updates and patches, to help keep your site usable and to make sure that your customers information stays secure. Starting in 2018, Magento 1.X will stop releasing security patches for Magento 1.X.

Staying ahead of the curve

Your website has two years before Magento stops sending security patches. The question is not whether you are switching over, but rather when. If you were thinking about waiting to migrating to Magento 2.0 later, consider the following reasons to change your mind:

  • Magento 2.0 is a completely new platform, which means your site will have to be rebuilt from scratch on the new platform.
  • Depending on site complexity, planning and development can take months.
  • Everyone currently running Magento will have to switch over by 2018, no exceptions, which is already creating a high demand for Magento 2.0 developers. Book development time before it’s too late!

Magento 2.0 is the new standard for the Magento platform. This means a lot – but to a business owner, it’s most important to focus on the fact that Magento is moving away from 1.X versions.

This means, no more support, no more updates, and more importantly, no more security patches! Unfortunately, many businesses will overlook this aspect of the Magento 2.0 release and suffer the consequences. Don’t make that mistake, start planning your move to Magento 2.0 now.


Questions about migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2? Check out our complete non-developer’s guide to migration.