With the recent release of Magento 2, many store owners and digital agencies are making the push to migrate Magento 1 systems over. Whilst there are many benefits of using the newer versions, many merchants remain on Magento 1, and Magento development is still required on these systems.
Magento 1 is still supported by Magento
Throughout my time working for agencies across the UK, I still actively support customers using the Magento 1 platform. Magento still provide support for Magento 1 and will remain to do so until the end of 2020. Support will more than likely just include security patches released from time to time.
If you're still on Magento 1, you won't have to worry about thinking of upgrading until Summer 2019 at the latest. Even then, your Magento 2 store won't have to be launched until Autumn 2020.
As Magento 2 has become more stable each day with bug fixes on their Github page, there are still a few core issues with the application. As a result, many merchants are experiencing difficulty adapting to Magento 2. I've even painfully watched some merchants choose to revert back to Magento 1 after recently launching their new Magento 2 build.
Although I've seen a couple of instances of that occurring, it happened around a year ago, and I expect the Magento 2 build has stabilised much more since then. With that being said, Magento 1 is still very much a stable system, and so if this is the version you are currently using, there is still no rush to upgrade.
I'll always support businesses using Magento 1
If you are worried about development teams not taking on Magento 1 development work, do not worry! There are still many developers, including myself, who actively support Magento 1 customers and will be happy to do so for the forseeable future.
My Magento development involvement has ranged from frontend customisations including layout and template changes to building complex modules and integrating third party stock systems. I should note that this doesn't just include development work, but also support work including bug fixes and general website maintenance.
The Magento certifications that I promote on the website are all from Magento 1, and so naturally, I want to keep proving my knowledge in the application.
So if you're looking for Magento development services and have a store running Magento 1, I'm more than happy to help you out. Simply fill out the contact form by clicking here, and you'll get a response within 12 hours.
There are developers who view support legacy systems as a backwards step, and that they're only interested in using newer web technologies. Of course, working with newer technologies is interesting and challenging. However, I personally wouldn't want to miss the opportunity to help improve a Magento store.
I see it as a chance to build a long standing relationship with a business and increase their revenue whilst proving my Magento skills.
Don't forget, you are more than welcome to drop an email asking about anything Magento. Whether it's Magento development, support or need some general advice, please know that I'm always around and am happy to answer any questions you may have.