Magento 1: End of Life
What you need to know
Countless businesses around the globe are facing a big decision right now that will undoubtedly be a determining factor in the future success of their online stores. Should they upgrade from Magento 1.9 to Magento 2 Open Source, Magento Commerce, or should they migrate to a new platform altogether?
It comes as no surprise that in our 20+ years’ experience of working with global eCommerce customers, we feel that migrating from Magento 1.9 to Kooomo is the best option for businesses, so we’re not going to beat around the bush here!
In this article, we’re looking at the three main choices that Magento 1.9 customers have, as well as 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, creating a 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. If you’re one of these businesses, you realistically have three options.
Migrate to Magento 2 Open Source
While it might seem like the most straightforward thing to do, switching from Magento 1.9 to Magento 2 isn’t a ‘wham, bam, thank you ma’am’ kind of task. While you are able to transfer products, attributes, and databases using Magento’s migration tools, you won’t be able to transfer your existing theme or customised features. Magento 1 extensions aren’t going to work on Magento 2, either. So that means hiring a Magento developer or working with a Magento - specific agency to effectively build out the front and back end of your online store from scratch. A seriously time-consuming task (not to mention pricey!)
Hence the reason why Magento themselves aren’t recommending M2 as the best choice for existing 1.9 clients, but rather the Enterprise Edition. Which leads us nicely to option 2…
Migrate to Magento Commerce (Cloud or On-Premise)
If you’re going to switch from Magento 1.9 to Magento 2, you might as well upgrade to Enterprise. That’s the sentiment being echoed by Magento to their M1 customers right now.
Technically, Magento 2 Open Source won’t cost businesses anything to use. However, the investment that it’s going to take in terms of development builds a strong case for businesses to simply switch to it. Taking into account the development time and costs that will be involved in migrating to M2, the opportunity to migrate to the Enterprise Cloud or On-Premise solution might be a better fit - given that the features come directly out of the box.
You’ll likely have to pay a little bit more, and in a different way to what you’re used to, but it’ll stand to your business in the long run.
But here’s the thing…
It’s not really a little bit more. If a business makes less than 1 million in annual revenue, they are looking at a €24k licensing cost, plus approximately €40k on top of that for development and deployment. Typically, it costs about €80k to get up and running on the on-premise Enterprise solution, before self-hosting charges kick in. The cloud option comes with a license price tag of €32k plus additional development costs, which generally tallies up to €80-100k all-in, and an average migration timeline of 6+ months.
So Enterprise edition is certainly an option, but let’s face it – only for enterprise-level businesses. If your company doesn’t fit that criteria (i.e. have €80-100k to spend), it would appear that you’re on course to be left out in the cold.
Which brings us to option 3 – you’ve guessed it…
Switch to a different platform entirely
It’s pretty evident that in terms of workload, there’s no clear benefit from switching from one version of Magento to another, be it M2 Open Source or Magento Commerce. Because everything will have to either be built from scratch again, regardless of the fact that you’re using the same solution provider.
So, how about migrating to a new platform altogether? Well, that’s where we come in.
We could go on all day listing the many reasons why we think moving to the Kooomo platform is the best option for all Magento 1.9 customers, but we’re going to keep it brief and to the point.
Average set up fees are €30k
The average cost for brands to implement Kooomo as their eCommerce solution provider is €20-50k. There are no hosting fees, no annual licensing costs, and Kooomo operates a revenue-sharing model that varies from 0.5% - 3%. A system integrator isn't required to set up your online store, therefore businesses save on initial development costs, as well as fees associated with further developing and customizing your e-Shop over time through an agency or a dedicated team of developers. All of this is managed in-house.
The initial investment cost to set up Magento as your eCommerce solution can range from €50k to upwards of €100k, depending on the size of your business, as well as how extensive functionality needs to be. Annual licensing fees are based on a tiered revenue model, starting at €32k for businesses whose annual revenue is up to $lmillion. Ongoing development costs for additional customization or functionality must be managed through either an external agency or an in-house dedicated Magento development resource typically start at €80+ per hour.
“We knew that we had to migrate from the Magento platform and after a lot of research saw Kooomo as the obvious choice. The platform has future-proofed our store through their next-generation offering and use of 1-click integration partner network. We would be delighted to recommend them as a serious and solid digital commerce partner to future proof your brand and store.
Since re-platforming to Kooomo, online sales have consistently continued to soar. A total increase of 150% was seen in the second half of the year when compared to the first half. The total cost of migration was also a welcome surprise when there was no need for system integrators thanks to Kooomo’s partner network and 1-click integrations.”
The Kooomo platform is cloud-based, meaning there are no hosting costs. We run on a flexible revenue share model of up to 3% based on client turnover, so there are no licensing costs. We have a full in-house team of developers, so there are no system integrators or ongoing development costs involved in migrating.
Magento 1.9 to Kooomo is 90 days
This means little to no disruption to your day to day online operations
The Kooomo platform has a full stack of technology directly within the platform
Along with standard features, such as Product Information Management, Reporting, Omnichannel, and B2B; other built-in features include Distributed Order Management, Automated Order Management, Warehouse Management, and Google Shopping – all of which need to be plugged into Magento. Everything you need to power your online store from start to finish is available out of the box with Kooomo. This rich feature-set makes the Kooomo platform unique in that it’s suitable for businesses of every size, across all industries and verticals. SMBs won’t be swallowed up by the platform, nor will Enterprises outgrow it.
Flexibility and customization
The Kooomo platform offers full-scale customization and flexibility as integration with other systems is straightforward. Customized storefronts are possible from a design and UX perspective, and an ecosystem of over 200 agency and technology partners allow retailers to integrate with third-party applications with little or no extra development work.
The Magento platform is highly customizable, so it's possible to create bespoke storefronts, as well as integrate with other systems. However, in order to do this, you need to have a specialist Magento developer to find, customize or create custom plugins for your site, either through an agency or as a full-time resource in-house.
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 All Of Our Clients
Regardless of whether they are SMBs or Enterprises. Every Kooomo customer has a dedicated account manager, as well as access to our in-house added-value services – e.g. SEO, digital marketing, store management, strategic consultancy, and more. We truly believe that technology is only as powerful as the people who are driving it, so we work hand in hand with our customers to make sure that their individual business goals are being met, because your success is ultimately our success too.
Our ecosystem of technology and agency partners
Prime Your Online Store For Continued Growth As The ECommerce Landscape Continues To Evolve
We work with leaders across all areas of digital commerce from design, to personalization, to deliveries, payments, and everything in between (minus the development costs!)
“We have already seen a 3x return on our investment in the first 14 months, we are simply delighted that we made the switch from Magento to Kooomo. We would be delighted to recommend them as a serious and solid digital commerce partner to future proof your brand into the next decade.”
Corinne Noca, eCommerce Manager - Slam