Since Adobe acquired Magento in May, announcements about their future plans for the platform have been scarce. However, just recently they announced that Magento 1, both Community and Enterprise Solutions editions, will no longer be receiving maintenance, security, or updates after June 2020.
What Does This Mean Moving Forward?
Magento 2, released to the general public in 2016, will be the only supported version after the date announced. If you are on a version of Magento 1 post June of 2020, any update patches or security updates will be in the hands of the merchant and no longer a responsibility of Magento as a company.
While Magento has set — and moved — the date for sunsetting Magento 1 a number of times, Adobe’s recent announcement is likely a push toward finally transitioning most of their users to the newer Magento 2 software.
While we remain committed to older versions of Magento, shoppers continue to push for the newest and most compelling online experiences. That’s why now is a great time to graduate to Magento Commerce 2.
The lack of security patches and updates could have a tremendous impact on the way your Magento site currently operates. While mid 2020 is a long way off, GRAYBOX recommends starting any update Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration projects no later than fall of 2019, as most website migrations are extensive and can sometimes take 6-9 months.
The transition to Magento 2 can be a large undertaking, especially when considering the changes to the way Magento now licenses its products. GRAYBOX recommends understanding the process and what the best Magento 2 edition for your company is prior to making the transition. Read our extensive guide on Migrating From Magento 1 to Magento 2 to learn more about the different editions and costs associated with each plan.