If you’re running Magento 1 (M1), you’ve probably heard by now that it will be sunsetting in 2020. And while Magento 1.x will still be accessible and useable by merchants and devs alike, it will no longer receive official support from either Magento or Adobe.
This change will affect a number of merchants across the Magento ecosystem. Already, we’ve begun to see the effects as merchants replatform to either Magento 2 (M2) or an alternate eCommerce CMS.
Yet as M1’s life draws to a close, there is a lot of conflicting information out there, leading to a lot of unneeded worry and anxiety.
This article will explore what Magento 1’s end of life really means for merchants, and how it will affect them in terms of:
The official Magento 1 end of life date is June 2020. Multiple sources confirm this, including this article by Magento, and their tweet shown below.
As of June 2019, there are over 240,000 live Magento sites. Of those, more than 189,000 are still running on M1. We expect to see that number decrease in the coming months as merchants make the move to either M2 or other eCommerce CMS.
What other Dates Do You Need to Pay Attention to?
Magento’s EoL date isn’t the only time frame you should be paying attention to. On December 31st, 2018, PHP 5.6 was deprecated.
PHP is the server-side scripting language that the Magento platform is written in. Since M1 previously only supported up to PHP 5.6, this would have meant a huge hit to the Magento community.
However, because M1 would be deprecated after the 5.6 EoL, Magento released a patch in September 2018 that enabled M1 sites to support up to PHP 7.2. 7.2 will go EoL in November 2020, providing an additional two years of security support compared to 5.6.
November 2020 will also see the deprecation of CentOS 6.x. Many M1 sites use this as the linux component of their LAMP stack. Its deprecation will signal a further lack of industry-wide support for the M1 platform.
The M1 EoL Rumours
Speculation regarding the M1 end of life began in April 2017, when a presentation during Meet Magento Prague featured the line “Magento 1 End of Life: 17 November 2018”.
Immediately, articles and images began to appear, with influencers citing that the M1 EoL was sooner that many merchants hoped.
Of course, this information wasn’t correct. It was based on Magento executives previously speculating that Magento 1 would reach end of life three years after Magento 2 was released. Magento 2 was released November 17, 2015, so it made sense that M1 would be deprecated in late 2018.
Since then, Magento have confirmed that the official end of life date is June 2020.
As we get closer to the M1 EoL date of June 2020, we’ll be working with merchants to ensure they are prepared. Keep an eye on our blog in the coming months as we continue to release help and guidance.
If you have any questions about how you will be affected by the Magento 1 end of life, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of the Nexcess team to talk through your options.