If your e-commerce business has been running on Magento 1, you have hopefully heard by now after 2 years about its support ending as of 2020. So what does this mean? In this article, we will answer some of the most asked questions about this subject to try to make the transition easier.
Magento 1 is no longer receiving any official support from Magento or Adobe as of June 2020; this means it is time to upgrade. Many merchants that are affected by this change have already upgraded to Magento 2. According to BuiltWith, there are over 250,000 websites built with Magento as of 2021, and a significant percentage of those are still using M1.
Moving from Magento 1 to Magento 2 will mean you will need at least a partial redesign of your website depending on the complexity of your website. Before starting your redesign, be sure to create a solid plan of action or audit on how to best achieve this. Work with a professional web developer to make this a smooth and painless transition.
As part of your website audit, take a look at your extensions and integrations attached to your M1 platform. Most extensions that were originally designed for M1 have since been updated also to be compatible with M2, but it is still essential to check on these to avoid any unwanted surprises. This is an excellent opportunity to review your current extensions and eliminate unnecessary ones or include much-needed replacements.
Security for the Magento 1 platform is unknown after its end of support date; this is why it is crucial to update to the new version to ensure your website remains secure for you and your customers.
Making The Change
The idea of having to set aside time and money to do this re-platforming seems like a headache, but it’s not all bad news, with the change from one M1 to M2 you will be gaining quite a bit. Here is a list of benefits that come with your switch to Magento 2.
Magento 2 offers a smoother performance than its predecessor. As web browsers, we expect websites to load quickly and have no patience for slow websites. Magento 2 has faster website load times making for a better user experience.
Magento 2 has made things more convenient for business owners and managers on their backend. They have created additions and upgrades of a few functions to make the overall experience smoother. The new features include a new indexer system and product video functions.
Checkout is easier and more convenient for users with Magento 2 as they have streamlined this process. Customers are now able to checkout without registration, register after checkout, and even have their email recognized if they have previously registered.
Creating and uploading products has also become more straightforward with the Magento 2 platform. The new system guides you step by step for product uploads, making it an easier process.
Experienced Magento Partners
Overall the Magento 2 offers a more current platform than its predecessor. Whether you have made up your mind or still have more questions about re-platforming our team at Right On Tech is here to help. We are Magento partners with years of experience with their e-commerce platform.