The Official Date of Magento 1.x End of Life

Magento 1 End of Life

On November 17, 2015, Magento announced the general availability of the next generation open source digital commerce platform — Magento 2.0, which offers:

  • Unique flexibility
  • Pleasant shopping experience
  • New intuitive Admin panel
  • 50% faster page-loading time
  • Enhanced Admin performance and support
  • Secure payment
  • Seamless maintenance and upgrades 

All this is great, but what about Magento 1.x?

What Future Awaits Magento 1.x?

Magento Enterprise Edition Agreement is the official source we can rely on. According to this agreement, “Magento supports the last two Releases of the prior Version of the Software for three years after the general availability announcement date of the new Version”. Magento announced the general availability of Magento 2.0 on November 17, 2015. It can be proved with the article A New Era of Commerce Innovation, which you can find on official Magento blog. 

Taking into account these two official sources, Magento Enterprise Edition Agreement and Magento Blog, we can count that the Magento 1.x due date is November 2018. November 18, 2018, to be exact, as it was tweeted by Paul Boisvert, Head of Product Management at Magento. 

It means that Magento will stop supporting Magento 1.x in a year and a half, on November 18, 2018. Moreover, again referring to Magento Enterprise Edition Agreement, specifically to the Section 1.1 of Support Services Terms and Conditions, we can find out that in a half of a year, on November 18, 2017, Magento will only support problems of the 1st priority, facilities for bug tracking, and security patches for Magento 1.13.

Unfortunately, there isn’t any guarantee of security updates for Magento CE 1.x up until November 2018 as Magento Enterprise Edition Agreement deals only with Magento EE. Some can make a conclusion that Magento will provide security updates for CE as well as for EE, but no one can guarantee it. We can only conclude that merchants who run Magento CE 1.x have already found a reliable partner who is able to keep their business afloat.

The Solution for Merchants Running Magento 1.x Stores

Magento 2 may be the new beginning

There are three possible solutions for merchants who run Magento 1.x stores:

  1. Migrate to Magento 2.x. When Magento 2.0 was just announced, it had lots of bugs, and there were neither qualified Magento 2 developers nor decent extensions. With the course of time (the general availability of Magento 2.0 was announced a year and a half ago) the majority of the issues were solved, Magento U trained a great number of developers, plenty of extensions compilable with Magento 2.x came into being, and the process of migrating with Magento 2 Migration Tool is getting seamless. However, migrating to Magento 2.x is still pretty costly.
  2. Migrate to another platform. It is another possible option, which, nevertheless, has its own disadvantages. Firstly, migration to another platform is a complicated and time-consuming process. Secondly, you take risks, such as losing the site content as well as ranking and traffic, getting internal links broken, etc. Finally, no one said that it is a cheap process either. 
  3. Stay on Magento 1.x. The process of migration either to Magento 2.x or any other platform is rather expensive, and you are not alone thinking about staying on Magento 1.x. However, without regular security updates and bug-fixing, your store may not manage to stay alive and kicking. 

You have some time to think through your future moves. In case you need any help with migration to Magento 2, don’t hesitate to contact our Team of Certified Magento Developers!

Update

Recently, a new post appeared on the official Magento blog. In the article, Jason Woosley, SVP Product and Technology, stated that it is a mistake to think that Magento Inc. will stop supporting Magento 1.x so abruptly. Magento 1.x users will receive an 18-month notice before the end of support.

You can find the same information on Mark Lavelle's Twitter.

Mark Lavelle tweets about Magento 1.x end of life date

Additionally, he answered a question on Twitter.

Mark Lavelle answers a question about Magento 1.x end-of-life date

Taking this answer into account, we can calculate the date of Magento 1.x end of life. It's likely to happen in May 2020.

You are more than welcome to share your thoughts as for the officially announced date of Magento 1.x end of life as well as comments on the suggested solutions. 

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