Magento, one of the top e-commerce platforms, has been talking about dropping support for the aging 1.x product branch since even before their acquisition by Adobe. After numerous delays, it is finally coming to pass with the official end of support on June 30, 2020. Adobe is planning a multi-step ramp-down process that will take several months to implement fully. The end of life has been getting pushed back for a period now exceeding four years. However, the announcement of this process is final and will not likely get any more extensions to accommodate clients who didn’t take measures to ensure business continuity after June 30.
There are several key milestones mentioned in Adobe’s official blog regarding the Magento 1.x sunset timeline:
- On June 30 the product will no longer be supported
- By July 7 extensions will disappear from the marketplace
- On August 6 the product will be removed from the official repository
Adobe is also taking down all Magento 1 documentation and will take steps to ensure the trademark isn’t violated by any third-parties that provide independent mirrors.
What happens next?
Organizations staying on Magento 1.x until they can either upgrade or migrate away from Adobe will have to take steps to mitigate the risk of running on unsupported software. Adobe will no longer release security patches for the legacy version of Magento. This drastically increases the risk of a Zero-Day vulnerability and makes these storefronts a prime target for an attack. Organizations must take extra precautions to stay in the know about any new security flaws and take steps to reduce the attack surface of their e-commerce systems.
Since official documentation and extensions will be going away, it’s a good idea to create local backups, code, and components that may be needed until the upgrade or a re-platform can be executed. Magento has always had a great community of partners and enthusiasts willing to provide support. Getting help via forums, social, and other online communities is a great way to get support after the June 30 deadline.
While Adobe is offering migration options to Magento 2, these are likely going to take time and are full re-implementations in terms of the level of effort and complexity. When considering the upgrade it is worth looking at other solutions. Software giants Oracle and Microsoft now offer fully integrated omnichannel e-commerce storefronts that come with ERP, order management, and customer data platform capabilities right out of the box.
RSM can help
RSM assists with migration, platform selection, and evaluation of leading e-commerce solutions should an organization choose to re-platform instead of undertaking a Magento 2 upgrade project.
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