With an end-date for security support of June 2020 looming on the horizon, Magento have declared that it’s the end of the road for Magento 1. If you are one of the many retailers still using any version of Magento’s first generation, now is the time to consider your options and set an action plan in motion!

What Will End Of Life Mean?
Since 2014, Magento have been focusing on the Magento 2 platform and, as such, updates to Magento 1 have been sparse and mostly limited to security patches that keep your eCommerce shop safe from security threats and hacking. The end of this support will mean vulnerability for you and your customers, so getting ahead of the game and deciding what to do next, is a necessary step to take.

Avoiding resolution will mean the potential to see your site losing functionality and becoming a target for security breaches after June 2020. Don’t be daunted, as there is still plenty of time to resolve this issue! We advise you to look at the transition away from Magento 1 as a great opportunity to upgrade and modernise your shop, elevating the retail experience you offer and with it, boosting the expansion of your customer base.

Why Is Magento 1 Obsolete?
The next generation of eCommerce platforms are far more in line with the expanding potential of Web 2.0 frameworks, which means higher capacity for integration, faster performance, and greater customisation. Expect much more dynamic and interactive user experiences, and better infrastructure for maximising the SEO (search engine optimisation) of your eCommerce shop. You can also anticipate improved features for your team, making the delivery of great customer service, smooth stock management and speedy problem solving far easier to achieve.

Deciding What To Do Next
The first decision you need to make is where you want to move to. Unfortunately, making the jump from Magento 1 to Magento 2 is not as easy as simply upgrading. Magento 2 is an entirely different platform with a very different structure, and as such migration is quite complex. Extensions and custom code will most likely be incompatible or require updating. Ultimately, making the move to Magento 2 should be viewed more as a rebuild that will require time and care, with internal or external tech support advantageous for a positive outcome.

If you think it might be time to step away from Magento, PrestaShop are an excellent option have an automatic and fully supported migration service, making them an excellent option. As the world’s #1 eCommerce platform, PrestaShop is fully equipped to welcome you and your shop, into its huge community of retailers, experts and developers!

Migration To PrestaShop
Partnered with Cart2Cart, it is straightforward for retailers to make a successful move to this platform, quickly and securely with absolutely no programming knowledge required. With competitive and flexible pricing, migration with Cart2Cart means zero downtime for your shop, full 24/7 tech support, and if in doubt you can explore further trying PrestaShop out with their free demo service.

PrestaShop is an open-source eCommerce platform which means that it is freely available to anyone, and totally customisable. You can choose whether you want to use the free themes, features and payment solutions available, or whether you wish to peruse the vast range of exciting add-ons available in within its marketplace. PrestaShop is community driven and support is never far away, with an ever-growing forum of active users, experts, talented web agencies and freelancers on hand and ready to help you realise your vision.

Evolution For Your Business
As you prepare to transition, keep in mind that many extensions within Magento 1 will also be seeing their support structures wind down, and Magento does not take responsibility for ensuring the security standards of extensions used within their platform. We advise staying informed in the run up to the re-platforming of your eCommerce shop, and getting the job done sooner rather than later so that you can put your mind at ease.

With this new evolution of your eCommerce shop, get ready for a new and improved experience for your customers. Now is the time to re-evaluate the potential of your business and make the most of the innovative and exciting features, marketing developments, and security enhancements that will soon be at your fingertips!

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