Magento: Upgrade to v2 or crossgrade to WooCommerce?

If you’ve got a Magento 1 ecommerce website, you’re probably aware that Magento 1 will no longer be supported after June 2020. That means no more security patches. With the recent security issues with the platform, running non-supported software is a ticking bomb that could ruin your business.

With that in mind, your options are to try and upgrade your Magento 1 ecommerce site to Magento 2, or crossgrade to a different system like WooCommerce.

Upgrading to Magento 2

Magento development tends to be expensive, and upgrading from v1 to v2 may not even be possible if your Magento 1 site has lots of custom functionality. Some developers we know won’t even attempt this process.

Magento is also now owned by Adobe, who have a mixed reputation amongst users of their software. They also aim to have you on a monthly payment scheme for their software rather than owning it outright. This is framed as ‘always being up to date’ etc but in fact just ends up costing you more. We moved away from Adobe’s pay-monthly design software to more modern, user friendly design software that we own.

Magento also needs a lot of server resources which means higher hosting bills for your business. Certainly for a smaller ecommerce site, a dedicated server or virtual private server (VPS) isn’t usually required as long as you’ve got a decent hosting package.

Crossgrading to WooCommerce

Rather than trying to upgrade your Magento 1 site to Magento 2, you could crossgrade to a different system. We use WooCommerce a lot for ecommerce sites and now it’s owned by Automattic, the developers of WordPress, it is well maintained and here to stay. With easy updates and many low cost plugins available as well as building on WordPress functionality like a blog and forms, it’s a flexible, easy to use ecommerce platform.

It’s likely you can export your products from your Magento 1 site and possibly even use your existing front end design when crossgrading. One of the downsides is that customers will have to sign up again for an account on the new version of the site. You (or your web people) will also have to add page redirects to help preserve any links from search engines or other websites.

Summary

The clock’s ticking and Magento 1 will be unsupported from June 2020. Act now to make sure you’re not left with an insecure site that is a target for hackers. Call us on 01636 812 551 or contact us if you’d like a quote on a WooCommerce crossgrade.

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