As the end-of-life date approaches for Magento 1, Retailers still using Magento 1 should begin to think about what steps they need to take now to ensure a smooth transition. With the right steps in place, transitioning to a new platform can be a time for innovation and positive digital transformation. It will certainly improve how your site appears and functions on mobile devices.
Magento 1 will cease to be supported at the end of June 2020, extending the original end-of-life date by 18 months. If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of retailers worldwide operating on Magento 1, you may be wondering how this will impact you and how you should proceed.
When support ends, Magento 1 sites will become increasingly vulnerable to security threats and no further security patches will be released. This means the continued security of your customers and your business would be at risk.
Upgrading from Magento 1 to Magento 2 is a complete rebuild. You will also have to repurchase all of your Magento extensions again. Magento 1 extensions will not work on Magento 2. It is similar to starting over and rebuilding your entire site from scratch.
This could be a great opportunity to consider Shopify, WooCommerce or BigCommerce instead of Magento 2. Here is an article on Shopify that you might find interesting...
Hyperspace can recommend freelance web developers for Shopify, WooCommerce and Magento 2. Let us know if you need assistance finding the right person for the job.
Hyperspace will continue to support your Magento 1 site, but we are no longer providing new development for new sites. Since Magento 2 is a complete rebuild, it is considered to be a new site.