Magento 1.9: Going, going, gone?

Time is running out to the tens of thousands of merchants still using Magento 1.9 or older. Support for Magento 1.9 is expected to expire by June 2020 at the latest. However, more importantly, support for PHP 5.6 has expired. PHP is the scripting software that Magento runs on. Most hosting companies will be demanding that you stop using PHP 5.6. If they haven’t already, the hosting companies will soon turn it off.

With a patch, Magento 1.9 can operate with the newer versions of PHP, such as 7.3. But it’s not always certain that Magento extensions would also work. Thus, many merchants have properly decided to migrate the total Magento platform and not tinker with patching the PHP.

Many will migrate into Magento 2. It’s far better than Magento 1.9. Pages load faster and the checkout is quicker, among other technical advantages. But why limit yourself to Magento two ? Out of the box it’ll be costly to set up, expensive to operate, and expensive to keep. Does your ecommerce website need all of the performance that this sledgehammer provides?

In”Things to do today for 2019 holiday sales,” my December column, I proposed collecting plenty of visitor and customer data throughout the holiday rush. Use that data today, post dash, to examine your ecommerce platform from the perspective of a shopper. And consider technical and financial implications, too.

Shoppers

Your shoppers don’t care what software you’re running. All they care about is knowing what you market, finding what they need to purchase, and purchasing conveniently and quickly. Thus navigation, content, and presentation are crucial. Integrations using payment processors and order management systems are also significant.

Magento isn’t inexpensive to run. For those who have just a couple orders every day, you should probably be on a cheaper and smaller system. If you process a substantial number of daily orders or market on multiple stations, you likely need an order management system. Most acceptable order management systems will interface with more than simply Magento 2.

Likewise, contemporary ecommerce platforms provide the core functionality of most retailers. If you list all the characteristics that you want — not the”nice to have” — you’re likely to discover that lots of platforms have them , with no extension.

Financial

How much does it cost to operate Magento 1.9? Magento 2.0 will likely cost about the same. The primary expenditures are:

  • Hosting,
  • upkeep of the software (including keeping it up to date),
  • Person hours in keeping the information current,
  • Permit fees for all of the needed extensions.

When I last looked, these were higher for Magento compared to the majority of the other platforms. Unless there’s something unique about your needs that just Magento provides, why use the more expensive solution? Examine the information you collected over the vacation period. How many sales were made since you’re using Magento?

Technical

Before switching off the dwell 1.9 system, most programmers advocate (I) creating a new 2.0 installation, (ii) importing all the data, (iii) and getting it operating fully.

Migrating to another platform will be no different. The identical technical challenges exist. You would still have to create 301 redirects. You would have to integrate with all third party applications. You will need to test. When it’s Magento 2 or another alternative, the migration is similar.

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