With Magento 1 end of life coming at the end of 2018, it’s likely that many retailers will be scrambling to upgrade their Magento sites to Magento 2 in the second half of next year. No one wants to be left without support, let alone the risk of bugs, loss of PCI compliance, and potential security breaches that can come with an unsupported platform. That’s why we suggest beating the rush and starting your upgrade now.
Keep Your Site and Customers Safe
At the very least, you should start thinking about an upgrade now. When support eventually expires, you will be totally dependent on your solution partner’s availability to support your 1.x platform and apply patches or fixes that may or may not suffice if you wait until end of life. You will fall into a situation where a lot of customers are making these updates or support requests at once and your provider may not be able to give you the full support that you need.
If you’re going to make the investments anyways, it makes sense to do it now when your provider has the availability and you can be a priority.
Additionally, waiting until the last minute will, quite simply, put your site in an unsafe position. If a security issue is found, Magento 1.x will already be at end of life. Not only will your site be vulnerable, but your customers will be vulnerable as well. All in all, it’s not a good plan.
Investing in Your Site’s Future
The mindset for making this jump shouldn’t just be to hurry up and get there before everyone else; it’s about investing in a platform that is going to help grow your eCommerce presence, as opposed to spending money on a platform that isn’t going to be around in a few years. If you’re continuing to make large investments in your site (more than just basic maintenance), then you might as well put that money into the newest software.
Our goal as a Magento solution provider is to ensure that our customers are getting the best Magento site for their needs. This includes updated support and modules, as well as the other features and benefits that come with being on the most updated version of the software. So, if you’re thinking about moving to Magento 2 but you’re waiting for end of life, this is it. Now is the time to make your move.
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