Magento 1 official support looks to continue beyond late 2018

Posted 05/06/2017 under General.

Latest news from Magento Commerce indicates at least another 18 months of support and updates for the platform…

Magento 1 and 2 have existed side by side since Magento 2 was publicly released in November 2015 and during this time it has been generally accepted that Magento 1 (1.9) would be supported for 3 years after the release of Magento 2 – this put a rough end of life for Magento 1 to be November 2018.

This caused some sense of urgency that 2017 should really be the year you started to think about moving onto Magento 2, especially since nothing was ever stated publicly about what would actually happen in 2018 and whether Magento 1 EE (Enterprise Edition) would suffer the same fate as Magento 1 CE (Community Edition) and stop receiving security patches and support.

Jason Woosley, SVP Product & Technology at Magento Commerce recently posted on the Magento blog which goes some way to explaining what the state of play is with Magento support.

Magento 1 has been and will continue to be supported for the foreseeable future.

How long the forseeable future is we don’t really know, but we do know that it is at least 18 months from now.

Lastly, we are committing to a minimum 18-month notice before we make any changes to our support levels.

As we haven’t had an announcement of any changes to support, and 18 months from today puts us past November 2018, we can only assume this will not be the end of life for Magento 1.

With no direct upgrade path from Magento 1 to 2, the move over isn’t as simple as just installing the new version and being done with it. It would be a completely new site and possibly having to find or create alternative extensions if your existing extensions don’t have a Magento 2 version. Luckily there are data migration tools available, but depending on how customised your installation is, you may have to make some compromises here.

If you are running a recent version of Magento which still works well for you then there isn’t much reason to upgrade to Magento 2 until the platform is more mature, the extension eco-system richer, or you are forced to move by lack of support updates.

What this means for our existing clients is that Magento 1 is still a solid, stable and extensible e-commerce platform – but watch this space as we start to introduce Magento 2 sites for new projects, or where re-development budget allows for existing projects.

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