Magento 2.3 end of life is near: what should you prepare for your Magento store

Magento 2.3 was first introduced in November of 2018. However, Magento 2.3 has been replaced by Magento 2.4.X versions, and Adobe has officially confirmed that Magento will be phased out (End Of Life). Especially, by September 8, 2022, Magento’s official support for this version will stop.

Even though Magento 2.4 was published in July of 2020, many stores are still running Magento 2.3 editions, despite the fact that it isn’t quite new. Perhaps you intended to upgrade your store but never did. Perhaps you never saw a compelling cause to upgrade, or perhaps it simply slipped your mind. 

In this article, we will show you why Magento 2.3 end of life is near and why you should upgrade to Magento 2.4.x. But first, let’s talk about Magento 2.3.x’s disadvantages.

Why is it no exaggeration to say that Magento 2.3 end of life is near?

Magento 2.3

1. Updates, patches, and support will no longer be available

EOL indicates that Adobe will no longer support Magento 2.3. There will be no official updates, patches, or support for the platform. Security patches and bug fixes, as well as PCI (Payment Card Industry) compliance updates, are also included.

After Magento 2.3 reaches the EOL phase, you’re basically utilizing it at your own risk. There will be no official solutions for any severe vulnerabilities, security flaws, bugs, or other issues with the platform. This might not seem like a big deal at first. However, over the course of weeks, months, and years, these issues may grow increasingly serious and detrimental to your eCommerce shop.

2. Compatibility with Magento Marketplace Extensions can be more restricted in the future

In general, Magento Marketplace vendors and developers prioritize compatibility with the most recent versions of Magento. That means they’ll put Magento 2.4 first when it comes to introducing features, fixing issues, and enhancing stability, among other things.

Further, extensions that are only compatible with unsupported versions of Magento, such as Magento 2.3, will be removed from the shop at some point. So, unless you upgrade to Magento 2.4, you can find that some of your critical extensions stop working, causing a slew of problems on your eCommerce store.

3. For Magento 2.3, you won’t be able to submit support tickets

Magento 2.3 will no longer get updates, and you will be unable to submit support tickets for this version of the Magento eCommerce platform. If you have a problem with your store while using Magento 2.3, you’re on your own — you and your technical team will have to fix it without the assistance of the Magento development team.

4. The documentation for Magento 2.3 will be removed from their website

If you have problems with your store while running Magento 2.3, it will be far more difficult to resolve them after the EOL in September 2022. This is because once an outdated Magento version is deprecated, Magento removes developer documentation from their website.

Even if you decide to continue with Magento 2.3 and try to fix problems on your own, you may run into troubles if you can’t access the appropriate developer documentation. Even after September 2022, it may be feasible to dig up some of them, but it will be much more difficult.

Six reasons why you should upgrade to Magento 2.4

You may be wondering if you should update to Magento 2.4 right now that you know what will happen when Magento 2.3 officially goes out of service on September 8, 2022.

“Yes,” is the answer. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of compelling reasons to switch. We’ve produced a list of six of the most significant enhancements in Magento 2.4 over Magento 2.3. This list can assist you in starting to plan your update right now.

Magento 2.4

1. Better data and retail security

Magento 2.4 has a lot of new security features, as well as hundreds of bug fixes, 2FA (two-factor authentication) support, and a slew of additional enhancements that make your business more secure. With each new Magento version, you’ll also get regular security patches.

Magento 2.4 improves the efficiency of the media gallery and adds native Adobe Stock integration to make it easier to add assets to your website. The media gallery in Magento 2.4 is up to 30 times faster than in prior versions.

3. Upgraded performance

Overall, Magento 2.4 outperforms Magento 2.3, with substantial enhancements to store catalogs, checkout pages, search capabilities, improved caching, and a slew of other enhancements. Once you make the transition, you’ll notice faster loading times and higher conversion rates.

4. BOPIS (Buy Online, Pickup In Store) support

When Magento 2.4 was released in 2020, this was one of the most prominent features. You may now easily incorporate BOPIS functions into your web store if you own a brick-and-mortar store.

5. B2B enhancements  

Magento 2.4 includes many B2B enhancements, including seller-assisted shopping, improved B2B approval procedures and approval criteria, and expanded purchase order notification tools.

6. PWA support improvements 

PWA Studio 6.0.0 and 6.0.1 are now supported in Magento 2.4, making it easy to create Progressive Web App storefronts for your store.

Helping you update to Magento 2.4.x

At Magesolution, we know everything about Magento. We handle everything from new shop development to platform migration, project rescues, and Magento platform upgrades. We have the staff, knowledge, resources, and skills you need to upgrade from Magento 2.3 to Magento 2.4.

And time is running out. If you’re still running Magento 2.3 beyond September 8, 2022, you’ll have to deal with all possible errors on your own. So don’t put it off any longer. Learn more about our Magento Upgrade Services, get more information on the pros of switching, and get started by CONTACTING US for a free consultation. Our team is here to assist you at any time!