According to builtwith.com, 532.428 live websites are using Magento, and 97.181 of them are already using the newest version – Magento 2. When you have a successful Magento 1 webshop, maybe an upgrade to Magento 2 is not urgent, but believe us when we are saying: it is a great opportunity.
Should you upgrade your webshop to Magento 2?
If your M1 version shop runs properly, generates orders and doesn’t have issues, maybe there’s no rush to upgrade it yet. But you need to start planning it because it will be a must soon:
- For Magento Commerce versions 1.13 and 1.14, Magento is providing software quality and security support through June 2020 for merchants whose accounts remain in good standing.
- For Magento Commerce versions 1.9 to 1.12, Magento is providing software security patches through June 2020 for merchants whose accounts remain in good standing. This ensures those sites remain secure and compliant.
- Software security patches for Magento Open Source versions 1.5 to 1.9 is offered through June 2020.
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If your webshop already has performance issues, then it’s time to plan the migration to Magento 2.
Why Magento 2, you ask?
The new version has brought fundamental improvements in terms of technology, modularity, and performance.
Let’s see what the most preeminent reasons for M1 to M2 migration are:
- The new architecture for speed: Magento 2 loading time is way faster than any of Magento 1 versions. The homepage, category, and product pages load in less than 1.5 seconds, which is pretty cool.
- The responsive design enhances the user experience and it’s contributing to a better ranking in search engines such as Google and Bing.
- The navigation: the admin’s interface is intuitive and easy to use, which means that you don’t need to be very technical to successfully manage your webshop.
- The dashboard: it gives you an overview of your lifetime sales, last orders, average order amount, search terms, viewed products, revenue, new clients etc.
- Adding new products is easier than ever. Now, you can even add videos besides the classic pictures.
- The checkout process is faster: users can finish the checkout without registration and they are identified based on the email address.
- Installing modules & extensions are easier to install thanks to composer which is a package manager.
- Customisation at its best: up-sell, cross-sell, coupons based on user behaviour, these are some features that allow you to master your marketing efforts.
- Platform compatibility with advanced technologies: HTML5, MySQL, CSS3 etc.
- Built-in testing framework simplifies the checking of new features and modules. Also, it simplifies the testing of the code quality.
- System integration: CRM, ERP, inventory management software etc. The RabbitMQ framework is monitoring the communication between the platform and other systems.
- Ajax-add-to-cart: If Magento 1 reloads the page each time a product is added to cart, this is no longer an issue for Magento 2. It doesn’t reload the page, which means a better user experience.
- Better browser caching for static content.
- Rich snippets on the catalog pages: it highlights the necessary information in search results and increases the website’s visibility.
- Strengthened algorithms that make the password stronger to the dictionary types of attacks.
- Elastic search is assuring a better quality of searches and a great user experience.
- GraphQL: bulk API is improved with GraphQL query language for more flexibilities. It also uses the smallest possible request.
- PwA: improve the look and feel of websites to increase conversion
- An easy translation system for both Front End and Back End
So, besides the support matter, there are plenty of reasons why M1 to M2 migration should be considered. You will encounter better support solutions, better speed, security, performance, and user-friendliness.
Haven’t migrated yet? Get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to help.