With the launch and success of Magento 2, Magento will begin phasing out updates, security improvements, and patches for older versions of Magento.
With that said, Magento is dedicated to providing extraordinary service to all of members of the Magento community, including those members who have not adopted Magento 2 for their e-commerce websites. In order to provide their Magento 1 users with the time necessary to transition to Magento 2, Magento has outlined their software support commitments so every member of the Magento community will know what to expect in the coming years.
If you are one of the merchants who have not opted for Magento 2, you have a limited amount of time to prepare before you need to upgrade to the new version of Magento. Here is some crucial information about what these changes mean for an e-commerce website that was built on one of the versions of Magento 1:
Magento Commerce 1.9 to 1.14 Software Support Policies
In order to ensure that Magento 1 users have adequate time to switch to newer versions of Magento, Magento has put software support policies in place to keep e-commerce sites secure and compliant. These policies only pertain to Magento Commerce 1, so users are still expected to maintain responsibility for security and compliance of their third-party extensions and customizations.
If your e-commerce website remains in good standing and uses versions 1.9 to 1.12 of Magento Commerce, which were released between July 2010 and April 2012, Magento will provide you with software security patches through June 2020. This software support does not include quality fixes, so be prepared to address any potential issues in that area.
If your e-commerce site remains in good standing and uses later versions of Magento 1 like Magento Commerce 1.13 or Magento Commerce 1.14, released between October 2013 and July 2014, you are eligible to receive software quality and security support through June 2020. This means that Magento will still provide you with quality fixes and software security patches.
Magento Open Source 1 Software Support Policies
Merchants using Magento Open Source versions 1.5 to 1.9, released between February 2011 and May 2014, will still receive software security patches through June 2020. These patches are necessary for e-commerce sites to stay secure and compliant. This security maintenance is only for Magento Open Source software, and it cannot be applied to Magento Commerce or third-party extensions and customizations.
End of PHP 5.6 Support
Magento will end support of PHP 5.6 on December 31, 2018. If you are currently using this version, you should upgrade to a newer version of PHP in order to remain compliant. While the 7.0 and 7.1 versions of PHP are available, PHP 7.2 is the only version that is supported beyond June 2020, which is when Magento 1 software support ends. Before December 31, Magento will release patches for the latest versions of Magento Commerce and Magento Open Source that will support PHP 7.2.
PHP compatibility differs depending on which version of Magento 2 you are using. If you use Magento 2.1, you can use PHP 7.0, but its support will run out before support for Magento 2.1. For this reason, Magento is releasing an update that will make Magento 2.1 compatible with PHP 7.1.
Magento 2.2 is compatible with PHP 7.1 already, and there are no plans to update it to make it compatible with PHP 7.2. Although it is yet to be released, Magento 2.3 will be compatible with PHP 7.2.
If you have built your website using Magento 1, you should begin preparing to transition to Magento 2 sooner rather than later. Although you have until 2020, Magento encourages merchants to start talking to their developers about upgrading as soon as possible. If you begin to plan for these changes now, your business will not suffer from rushed, hasty changes made at the last minute to keep your website safe and compliant.
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The longer you wait to adopt Magento Commerce 2, the greater your risk of being unprepared. This change can be smooth, but only if you plan your transition carefully so that the move will be seamless and lead to growth.
Magento Commerce 2 can work wonders for your e-commerce business. Every week that passes where you do not transition to Magento Commerce 2 is a week that your business is missing out on thousands of new extensions, product releases, and opportunities for growth, efficiency, and more conversions. Do not delay upgrading to Magento Commerce 2.
For help building a website on Magento -- or adapting to the coming changes for Magento 1 users -- contact Wagento today!