6 July 2020

Can I still run an M1 store?

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the Hussey Coding blog


As many of you will know all official support for Magento 1 came to an end last week meaning that Adobe will no longer be devoting any resources whatsoever to the M1 platform going forward, in their mind, there is no longer Magento 1 and Magento 2, there's just Magento.

And while we here at Hussey Coding fully support migration to M2 today we will ask the question ...

If you have been using Magento since the start then your online store is easily coming up on being 12-13 years old, you have become overly familiar with the way M1 works and what it can do for you, you've had time to find and implement all of your favourite extensions, you have your trusted devs or dev teams ready to help and with all of that taken into account, I think it's perfectly understandable to want to stay with M1.

And of course, the short answer to the question is yes, you can still run your store using M1 and in all honesty, you can probably go for a while without any issues at all, however, that won't last forever. Below we are going to outline some of our concerns for the stores that stay on M1.


Security

This is the big one because it not only affects your store but every part of your business, even the parts arent online! Let's be clear, you, as a store owner, have always been responsible for the security of your store however that mostly revolved around your ability to make sure the latest security patch was installed, that is no longer an option as there are no more security patches and so in some ways, you have more responsibility now in regards to store security.

Adobe has made it quite clear that it will not be responding to any M1 security issues and so you are very much on your own now and cybercriminals will know this, the further away from June 2020 we get the easier it will be for Cybercriminals to detect, infiltrate and exploit the gaps in your M1's store security.


Extensions

If you want to keep any M1 extensions then you will need to download them by tomorrow (7th July 2020) as Adobe will be removing all M1 extensions from the Magento Marketplace. 

Also after the 6th of August 2020, they will all be removed from the Magento repository meaning that if you need an extension after these dates then you'll need to find someone to either custom build you one and like before you are going to be responsible in making sure that your extensions meet your security standards.


Third-party vendors

Traditionally as a store owner you are, or at least should be, quite careful about who you use as a third party vendor as picking the wrong ones can lead to difficulties, loss of reputation and even security risks however with the increased responsibilities on your shoulders and with the M1 platform becoming more and more diluted and varied from owner to owner as they make adjustments to their own stores, this may become an issue for third party vendors. Suppliers, contractors, payment gateways and others will probably stick around for a while, but again as time goes on it may be that we see a wave of TPV's refusing to work with the M1 platform as the further away we get from EOL then more of a risk you become to their businesses, reputation and security.


Cost

In the short term, nothing will cost you any more than usual, until there is a problem or your favourite extension stops working.

The reality is, even if you have an internal developer or dev team they are not going to want to work on old code and methods, they are going to be learning new languages, new methods and newer coding practices even if you don't use them because that's where the money is and the further and further we get away from June 2020 the more specialised an area M1 code becomes so inevitably cost will go up as fewer and fewer developers want to work with the older M1 system.

Not only that but a year from now when you want to revamp your site or store then you'll need to find someone to custom build it for you, incurring more cost again. Security and maintenance will cost you extra and as we will see in a moment as your cost's go up, your income will most likely go down.


Staying competitive

You will also need to take into account how crowded your market is and how competitive you want to be. If you are a small, bespoke store that doesn't see much competition then this may not be such an issue but as the world moves on around you it will get harder and harder to stay at the top of the coveted Google search. Even as new technologies are released it will grow increasingly difficult to integrate them into your business and again will probably cost you extra to get it to fit while other businesses easily leverage newer innovations and processes giving them the competitive edge.


Support

Like we said above, there will be support out there, for now, vendors will not drop you tomorrow and your customers will not abandon your store overnight, however, the longer we go on the smaller and smaller that pool of support will become. M1 developers will be in short supply and even the generic M1 store will become unrecognisable from store to store as each individual store will require something different to keep it going until eventually M1 just isn't M1 any more. 


So what's the conclusion? Can you still run an M1 store now that EOL has come and gone? Yes but not for long, eventually you are going to have to move or migrate. M2, in our opinion, is your best option and though it will cost you a lot upfront, migration will save you more down the line.

If you are looking to migrate to M2 or you are looking for continuing support for your existing M1 store then head on over to Developerconnection.co.uk now and find developers and developer teams who are skilled in every area of Magento.


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