By now you are probably all aware that Magento will stop supporting Magento 1 in June 2020.
If you have an online store in Magento 1, how does it affect you to stop having support?
The use of Magento for the creation of online stores has increased, and parallelly the number of users that try to get private personal information that Magento platform contains. The versions with support have security patches to face new threats and avoid the withdrawal of confidential information. These patches are created in order to avoid risks and maintain Magento’s Online stores safe.
Remember that safety is an indispensable requirement in any eCommerce
The fact that Magento 1 will cease receiving support in June 2020 will not suddenly affect Magento 1 ecommerces, but the new relevant security patches will no longer appear to face errors and failures that may arise.
Not having support in Magento 1 means losing Magento’s assistance. There will be no official patches to solve security problems and this will make all e-commerces in Magento 1 unsafe and vulnerable.
This will specifically affect:
- Magento Commerce 1 (formerly Magento Enterprise Edition): Depending on the version, the software may no longer have support in quality corrections such as security patches. Magento publishes a software life cycle policy to check how it affects.
- Magento Open Source 1 (formerly Magento Community Edition). As in Magento Commerce 1, the Magento Open Source 1 will also cease to have updates on software security patches in June 2020.
Luckily there is still time to raise the migration process, but do not leave it for the last minute.
Magento specialised developers will need to migrate all the information on the web from Magento 1 to Magento 2.
What is the migration process all about?
The migration process consists of:
- Downloading all the existing information on the Magento 1 website.
- Downloading Magento 2 and installing it on the server
- Configuring the SSL code
- Installing the downloaded data in Magento 1
- Checking that all data is correctly uploaded
- Profile the entire eCommerce website so that it’s updated but in the same line as the previous web
This is an internal change, but it still means to create an eCommerce website again with the import of the old files.
Migrating your eCommerce website implies that errors and failures may occur while importing the files, hence in certain occasions the files must be imported manually taking longer than expected.
It’s 100% advisable to consider the migration option as soon as possible in order to be prevented when the support stops providing service.
Its important to have a technical team specialised in Magento and with in-depth experience in the migration process
What happens with your online store’s SEO after migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2?
If your ecommerce online store in Magento 1 is optimised for Search Engines, you need to make a backup copy of the SEO in order to keep all this organic traffic and all the users and customers that the online store has already achieved.
Will eCommerce websites in Magento1 lose any information if they do not migrate to Magento2?
No, Magento 1 will not disappear and neither will any information on eCommerce websites in Magento 1.
The functionality will be the same, but Magento 1 eCommerces will not be 100% safe.
The end of Magento 1 can extend the time that its users are active but its intended that all users update to Magento 2.
Keep in mind that updates on both platforms will require (due to incompatibilities between versions) updating modules, themes and developments by Magento specialised developers.
At Kiwop, as experts in e-commerce and web development, we can help you plan and execute the migration process, avoiding putting your Ecommerce at risk. Don’t hesitate to contact us should you require any assistance.
Magento is a very useful and flexible tool for your e-commerce but it must be installed and edited by Magento development experts who know the platform in depth. After that, the management of your administration panel is easy and intuitive.
If you are still unsure whether you want to migrate to Magento 2, or changing to another platform, be reminded of Magento’s amazing features, because in addition to the characteristics of any online sales platform, Magento offers some peculiarities that make it a more attractive and functional platform in its use.
Web functionality features:
- Allows web customisation
- Possibility of adapting the eCommerce to any language
- Possibility of adapting several stores on the same website (multiplatform)
- Full access and management of any product, price and customer on Magento’s website
- Multiple payment options
- Management of configurable products (change color, size, etc. of each product)
- Adaptation of VAT, currency and transport
- Custom algorithms to increase the loading speed of the eCommerce website (This improves the user experience, web performance and SEO score to scale search engine positions)
- Possibility of creating and printing invoices and delivery notes
- Stock and inventory control and update
- User tracking of their order status and fases
- Easy synchronisation with any external management system
Specific Marketing Features:
- Cross-selling functions (cross-selling consists in offering customers a complementary product to the one in the cart or to the one that they have acquired)
- Up-selling functions (the additional sale offers a product similar to what’s in the cart or has already been bought). This technique is based on the knowledge of the consumer needs to offer a superior value product / service.
- Management of promotions, discounts, checks and discount codes
- Access to a large number of statistics on customer’s behavior on the web: how many users have abandoned the cart halfway, at what point on the purchase process they have abandoned the purchase, etc.
- You can set specific prices to a specific group of customers. This option helps customer loyalty for differential treatment
- Highly optimised versions of the eCommerce in mobile versions
- There are numerous modules for Magento that allow SEO optimisation in a very precise way. Let’s remember the importance of SEO so that the web is visible in the eyes of users. The higher you are in the search engine, the more options you will have for the customer to buy on your website
- Allows you to segment registered users according to their preferences, locations, products purchased, etc. to be able to perform very specific email marketing actions
- Allows you to save the information of abandoned carts, so customers can return to the eCommerce and finish the purchase process
- Allows you to adapt the web to any customization according to the needs of the company and also refines a lot in the characteristics of the user who is browsing the web. It allows to study the behavior of the consumer in a direct and real way improving the navigation and its experience