Magento Open Source and Adobe Commerce 2.3.x had officially reached the end of their life cycle.
According to Adobe Commerce lifecycle policy, starting from September 8, 2022, they won’t provide support and security fixes for Magento 2.3
Even though the platform is not new (it was initially released on November 28, 2018), many stores still rely on it. As of writing this article, 36,246 websites use Magento 2.3.
If you are the store owner of one of them, read on to know how Magento 2.3 end of life can affect you.
We recommend everyone who uses Magento 2.3 or older versions to upgrade to the latest version of Magento as soon as possible to avert security threats.
By continuing to use Magento 2.3, you open your store to potential problems. Below, we’ll outline some of them.
No Further Updates or Security Patches
After September 7, Magento 2.3 won’t be getting any new updates or security patches. Updates generally address security issues, functionality and performance of your store, bug fixes, PCI compliance, etc.
By missing the update, you will not only lose the ability to use certain new functions but also can put the safety of your and your client’s data at risk since you are making the store vulnerable to potential attacks.
No Official Support
Magneto 2.3 EOL also means you won’t be able to file a support ticket for this version of Magento and Adobe Commerce. If you suddenly have any issues with your store, you will be left to your own devices to fix them or hire someone to deal with them.
Limited Magento Marketplace Compatibility
As of right now, you can still download most extensions on the Magento Marketplace. However, since providing the updates for Magento 2.3 is no longer necessary with time, more and more extensions will be unavailable to you. Extension developers won’t make any updates for the extensions you currently have and won’t make any new ones to replace them. This, again, leaves you vulnerable to potential attacks and limits your use of any new services.
No Official Documentation
Magento DevDocs combines the documentation of multiple APIs in an easily searchable way on the official website. With the end of support, Adobe will archive these pages, making it harder to troubleshoot something or make changes to your store.
We’ve established by now that the way to go is to upgrade your store to the latest version (as of writing this article, it’s Magento 2.4.5). This way, you can still get all the updates, use the technical support, and download new extensions. If you want to update it by yourself, here are the directions for installation. However, if done incorrectly, the update can cause problems in your store (extensions not working correctly, bugs, data loss). For that reason, we recommend going with a professional web development agency to do the upgrade for you. We offer Magento update services and would be glad to assist you!
We’ve already established that staying on the outdated Magento version can potentially cause many problems for your store. Apart from that, there are many other benefits to switching to Magento 2.4:
1. Performance Improvements
Compared to Magento 2.3, Magento 2.4.4:
2. Platform Enhancements
Adds support for:
3. Enhanced Security
4. Feature Enhancements
In addition, there are many updates to do with the new Page Builder, PWA studio, and payment methods. It also fixes hundreds of smaller issues, making switching to it worthwhile.
You can read about the newer Magento versions here:
We are Magento experts and handled hundreds of Magento migrations and updates over the years. If you need help, we would be happy to assist you in updating your store to the latest Magento version.
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No downtime or data loss: You won’t miss any sales or lose any valuable information as a result of the update.
Transparent Communication: You’ll have access to every part of the project so you can track what stage we are at any given moment.
Seamless Integration With Your Team: Our clients say our developers feel like a part of the team.
We Work Well With Your Busy Schedule: Different time zones and tight deadlines are not a problem.
Efficient Delivery: We always test and double-check everything, so you can rest assured that the code you’ll get will be bug-free from the get-go.
If you have any more questions regarding Magento 2.3 End-of-life, or about the update process, feel free to contact us!