At first, the only emotions surrounding the arrival of Magento 2 were excitement, interest, and curiosity. An upgraded version that promised enhanced performance and scalability was all anyone could talk about.
After that initial enthusiasm wore off, people began to wonder: “What will happen to Magento 1?” The question about Magento 1 end of life is not so much a question of if, but of when. As many can acknowledge, the birth of a newer, more enhanced platform ultimately leads to the retirement of its former edition.
In our search for the answer to this popular question, we first need to define what Magento 1 end of life truly entails.
What Happens After EOL?
Don’t worry— Magento Community Edition 1.x will continue to work even after its end of life date. M1 eCommerce stores will continue to function as they do now and businesses don’t need to worry about Magento 1 disappearing altogether.
*This may not be the case for the paid commerce edition since there may be contractual regulations restricting the use of the M1 commerce edition post EOL.
But, it does mean that Magento will not release any more security patches or updates for Magento 1.x once EOL occurs. Essentially, there will no longer be support for the platform and merchants should consider migrating to M2 when this happens.
So when will this occur? Speculations began popping up after a specific Magento Conference in April 2017.
The Start of Speculation: Meet Magento Conference in Prague
On April 27th, 2017, at the Meet Magento Conference in Prague, a screenshot surfaced showing a presentation slide that read: “Magento 1 End of Life: 17 November 2018.”
Articles began popping up left and right, all claiming that this was the official EOL date. Social media was buzzing with chatter about Magento 1 and many businesses feared that they would soon be kicked off the platform they needed to stay in business.
Soon enough, even more articles were emerging with a different EOL date: November 18th, 2018, just one day after the “original” EOL date was stated in Prague the month prior.
Much of this theory was backed by information given out prior to Magento 2’s release. Magento executives circulated the idea that Magento 1 would reach its end of life three years after the release of Magento 2. Magento 2 was released on November 17, 2015, which meant Magento 1’s end of life would be November 18, 2018.
People began to support their theories by citing the presentation screenshot from Prague as well as a screenshot of a twitter conversation between two Magento employees:
It seemed to be decided: 11/18/2018 was its EOL.
And then Magento spoke up.
When is the “Real” End of Life for Magento 1?
Our honest answer: we aren’t sure.
We aren’t sure because, as of right now, no one is sure. After speculations began circling, Magento addressed the issue head-on in a blog post published on May 30th, 2017. Magento stated: “Magento 1 has been and will continue to be supported for the foreseeable future.” They also promised to give “a minimum 18-month notice” before making any changes to their support levels. The full post can be seen below.
As for now, we will be waiting for an OFFICIAL end of life date for Magento 1 just like the rest of the Magento community. And when it is announced, we will be here to help any businesses that need assistance migrating to the Magento 2.