Magento End of Life is upon us. Where to now for merchants?

The 100,000+ merchants powered by Magento 1 will lose platform support as of June 30 2020.

Even software has a use-by date, and on June 30 Magento 1 ceased their support after 13 years of powering e-commerce websites around the globe. The Magento 1 ‘End of Life’ announcement was made earlier this year as the open-source CMS platform announced a major upgrade to Magento 2, offering faster speed times, higher PHP compatibility and simpler user experience. 

The 100,000+ merchants powered by Magento 1 will lose platform support as of June 30 2020, and while their website will still function they may be prone to security vulnerabilities, integration issues and PCI compliance. 

Merchants who no longer wish to stay on Magento 1 will have two choices:

  • Upgrade to Magento 2
  • Re-platform 

What does migrating to Magento 2 involve?

As Magento 2 is built on an entirely different framework and architecture, a migration involves similar steps and project planning to an e-commerce re-platform. The scope of work will include a thorough check of the compatibility of current themes, extensions and custom code as well as database migration and the creation of new systems mapping and integrations. 

In this article, BigCommerce outlines Magento 1 vs. Magento 2 key differences as well as pros and cons between the two. 

What does e-commerce re-platforming involve?

Similarly to the scenario mentioned above, when migrating a website to a new platform with foreign frameworks and architecture the re-platform involves in-depth project and resource planning. 

A decision on the CMS of choice needs to be made by the e-commerce manager, incorporating factors that will result in a website complementing the business needs. Questions such as API connectivity, systems integrations, ease of use, app compatibility and product support should be front of mind. Then, a thorough project scope should be put in place that contains a project timeline and resource requirements. 

With multiple options on the market including BigCommerce, Shopify and WooCommerce, the platform of choice will really come down to the individual needs of the e-commerce business. These needs can be outlined in a RFP. 

Creating an RFP for an e-commerce re-platform

A solid RFP (request for proposal) is an important process in the journey towards finding an e-commerce platform that suits the needs of a specific business. This breaks down the e-commerce business requirements on a granular level, which creates an opportunity to cross-check an e-commerce platform against business requirements and see if they are viable.

We often see considerations such as these come up when planning an e-commerce build:

  • Payment gateway compatibility
  • Shipping options
  • B2B vs B2C capabilities
  • Customer groups e.g. retail, wholesale
  • Customer rewards e.g. promotion codes, referral system
  • List of 3rd-party apps
  • Bundled products compatibility
  • Price lists e.g. membership pricing
  • Omnichannel purchasing e.g. Google shopping, Instagram shop

BigCommerce as an alternative to Magento 1

Last year we wrote an article titled The Advantages Of Migrating From Magento To BigCommerce where we spoke about the strengths of the BigCommerce open SaaS platform. These strengths included scalability, strengths in the Application Programming Interface and strength in B2B capabilities.   

Since then, we have launched a number of our client’s websites on the BigCommerce framework. Clients chose BigCommerce for various reasons, leveraging store-specific compliance capabilities. 

Some of our recent launches include Craster, exhibiting an ability to create quotes using items users have selected on the website; andWittner Shoes, a next-generation e-commerce system exhibiting Click & Collect and API integrations with ERP Acumatica.

How Matter. is supporting merchants with their e-commerce re-platform 

Over the years Matter. has worked with numerous clients to develop and grow their online presence. Whether it’s design, systems integration, branding, performance marketing or next-gen e-commerce, our diverse and talented team have lead our clients to launch successful online business strategies. 

As a BigCommerce Elite partners, we have managed various e-commerce re-platforms onto BigCommerce, including the recent Wittner Shoes Magento 1 to BigCommerce re-platform. 

If you’re interested in learning more about how Matter. can assist you please fill out the form below or call +61 2 9080 0722 and we will be in touch.