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Magento 1: Time to re-platform

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Magento 1 is best known as the Enterprise Edition of the platform. And if you find yourself being hosted on this version then June 2020 is a big date for your business. Magento Commerce 1 will end its support to its current client base in June 2020 and that means you have a number of things to consider. Do you upgrade to Magento 2 open source, Magento Commerce or should you migrate to a new platform altogether? 

What does the End of Support Mean?

· When support ends, Magento 1 websites will become vulnerable to security threats and no further features or innovations will be added. This means the continued security of your customers and your business would be at risk.

· Most payment gateways require a PCI compliance scan to be performed on your website. With no proper security patches and security monitoring, your store could not pass the PCI scans, meaning that you won’t be able to take credit cards in as little as 90-days after support has ended.

· Handling security on your own is an expensive and difficult task. Instead, it is wiser to choose another platform and eliminate the task of maintaining your own security and save money.

· New extensions are not made anymore for Magento 1.

· There are approximately 250,000 sites currently operating on a version of Magento 1 and all of these Magento 1 sites will need to evaluate their strategy, ideally before June 2020. For example, there are about 350 Magento Partners worldwide who are equipped to handle a migration off Magento 1 onto one of the other Magento offerings. Doing the maths, that means each SI would need to complete 714 re-platforms in the next six months – which is simply beyond the capacity of the partner network.

In this post, we’re looking at the three main choices that Magento 1.9 customers have and why we think making the move to Kooomo is the right one.

But before we dive in, let’s premise this by saying that we’re not in the business of scaremongering. It’s important for any existing Magento 1.9 customers to be fully aware that their online stores aren’t going to spontaneously combust come June 2020. Instead, we’re going to lay out the facts:

  • All Magento 1 support and updates will cease in June 2020
  • PHP 5.6 (aka the scripting software for Magento 1) has already expired
  • While Magento 1.9 can run with newer versions of PHP, not all existing extensions are going to play ball

Thus this current dilemma for businesses. Staying put on Magento 1.9 might be somewhat possible in theory, but in practice, it’s simply not a long-term option for any online business.

Now you may ask yourself a few questions

 How quickly can I re-platform?

 · In short, not very quickly, as even the most basic Magento websites would need time to transition. You need to start your action plan asap. The transition period depends on the complexity of your store, the extensions you are using and the skills of your developer team. What you need to ensure is that the transition doesn’t affect your website’s SEO as an organic drop because of a wrongly executed transition might drop your sales. Check out our to-do list for a smooth online store Migration.

When should I re-platform?

· With only 6 months left before June 2020, now is the time to talk and decide which is the right e-commerce platform for your business.

To which platform should I re-platform?

When deciding to migrate your store to any platform, it’s important to come up with a Migration Plan. There are three options that you have in this case:

Option 1:  Migrate to Magento 2 Open Source

Even if it might seem the best option,  it’s no piece of cake to migrate products, attributes, and databases using Magento’s migration tools and you won’t be able to transfer your existing theme or customised features. Magento 1 extensions will not work on Magento 2. You will need to hire a Magento developer who will be able to build the front-end and back-end of your website.

Option 2: Migrate to Magento Commerce (Cloud or On-Premise)

In case you were considering making the switch from Magento 1 to Magento 2, you could upgrade to Enterprise.

While Magento 2 Open Source doesn’t cost businesses anything to use, the investment that it’s going to take in terms of development generates a strong case for businesses to switch to it. Taking into account the development time and costs that will be involved in migrating to Magento 2, there is another opportunity to migrate to Enterprise Cloud, since the features come straight out of the box. This option is more pricey as the cloud option comes with a license price tag of 32k plus additional development costs, which might go up to 80-100.000 all-in. While Enterprise edition is an option, it applies only to enterprise-level businesses.

Option 3: Switch to a different platform

If we speak in terms of workload, there is no advantage from switching from one version of Magento to another, even if it’s Open Source or Magento Commerce, as everything will need to be built from scratch again.

What about migrating to Kooomo? While we could name all the advantages that our digital commerce platform has, we will cut to the point:

  • Set up fees are €30k average. The Kooomo platform is a cloud-based platform, which means that there is no hosting cost. We run on a flexible revenue share model of up to 3% based on client turnover and there are no licensing costs. While we have a team of inhouse developers, there are no system integrators or ongoing development costs involved in migrating.
  • The average Migration time from Magento 1.9 to Kooomo is 90 days.
  • The Kooomo platform has a full stack of technology directly within the platform.

Along with Kooomo standard features: Product Information Management, Omnichannel, Reporting and B2B, Kooomo has built-in features that include Distributed Order Management, Automated Order Management, and Google Shopping – all these features will need to be connected to Magento. 


All Kooomo stores are PCI compliant as standard.

Unlike Magento, where the onus of PCI-compliance sits on your shoulders, which involves determining the amount of security required for your store, and then ensuring that your hosting provider meets those specific levels.

We pride ourselves on the level of support we give our clients

Every Kooomo customer has a dedicated account manager, as well as access to our in-house added-value-services: SEO, store management, a strategic consultancy. We make sure that our client’s business goals are being accomplished because your success is our success.

Our ecosystem of technology and agency partners prime your online store for continued growth as the eCommerce landscape continues to evolve.

In conclusion, there is a lot to think about for brands who are taking the first steps in re-platforming, but we are here to help. Find below four key takeaways for brands that need to make the switch:

  • Agility: Consider that your needs today may not be the same as tomorrow, and choose a cloud-based platform that can grow with you.
  • TCO: The cost to develop an eCommerce proposition doesn’t end the moment a website launches or relaunches, so work with a partner that wants to share in your success. 
  • Integration: An eCommerce platform can’t do everything that consumers want from your brand, so consider a partner that embraces the wider ecosystem.
  • Connection: It’s an omnichannel retail world with so many routes to market, so choose a new eCommerce partner that allows you to manage multiple sales channels from one single point.

Want to find out more about making the switch from Magento to Kooomo? Learn more about the brands that have already migrated by requesting a consultation with a member of our sales team today!

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