11 Reasons You Must Migrate To Magento 2 Right Now

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posted by Matias Orlando
on Feb 06, 2017

In November 2015, Magento announced the new Magento 2 platform for enterprise and community edition. The impending release of this new version sent waves through the Magento community. Some were excited for this change, while others felt Magento 1 was suitable for their e-commerce needs.

Here are 10 reasons of why you should be migrating to Magento 2 right now.

Magento support

If there must be only one reason, this would be it. Magento will officially stop supporting Magento 1 in the end of the year 2018. So if you start a project now and need it to be supported by Magento for security reasons you have to start it using Magento 2 or plan a migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2 within 2 years.

New technologies

Magento 1 was using technologies that were new…in 2008. Libraries like Prototype are replaced in Magento 2 by JQuery.

New technologies in Magento 2:

  • RequireJS
  • PSR Compliance
  • Less
  • CSS 3
  • HTML 5

Magento marketplace

If you used Magento Connect you know that it was not a good solution. There were no verification and many modules were badly written and sometimes useless. This has changed with Magento Marketplace, every module goes through 3 verifications:

  • It is working
  • It is not a copy or has no equivalent in Magento Marketplace
  • It is sound to use

You will at least avoid the worst.

Increased security

Password are now saved using SHA-256 in both community and Enterprise edition. In Magento 1 it was only for Enterprise edition.

Thanks to the new file structure only the pub folder is exposed to public HTTP access.

Improved admin panel

Admin interface of Magento 1 was a bit complex. Therefore, it was difficult for a new user to manage it. However, Magento 2 provides a far better user interface. The layout is neatly designed, and even a new user can easily navigate through. Additionally, the admin would have the ability to customize the admin panel. This will help them get important data quickly. Product import is four times faster than in Magento 1. The drag and drop layout editing on Magento 2 make the storefront editing easy for everyone. To do that, you don’t need extensive technical knowledge.

In comparison with Magento 1, the admin panel in Magento 2 is much more user-friendly and intuitive. We will describe the main changes in the admin panel here, and you will be able to find a more detailed overview of our future articles.

  1. Modern admin panel navigation interface. It allows to easily navigate to all parts of the admin panel, find information easier and manage your store more efficiently.
  2. Magento 2 Dashboard shows Lifetime Sales, Average Order, Last Orders, Last and Top Search Terms – that helps to monitor your current state of business. Also, there you can see your Revenue Tax, Shipping, and Quantity, check Bestsellers and Customers.
  3. The new step-by-step product creation tool that makes new products upload easier. Now you can also link videos to your products in addition to the images.
  4. What is also good is that with Magento 2, you do not need to contact your developers every time you want to add or remove the columns on the orders or customers management grid, you can simply choose the required columns from the available list in the admin panel.
  5. Improved and faster product data import.
  6. In new Marketing section, you can find all already known tools from Magento 1 to work with Promotions, User Content, Communications, SEO & Search – all you need to keep your current customer’s loyalty and promote your store.
  7. Fill in all information about your company and the store itself with the new improved Content section.
  8. The last, but not least in this section is the Data Migration Tool – using this tool you can transfer your Magento 1 data to Magento 2 faster.

We’ve described only a few of the most visible changes. Try to work with new Magento 2 admin panel, and you will see how good it is in comparison with Magento 1.

In Enterprise edition:

  • Preview changes
  • Content versioning
  • Schedule content

Improved performance

Compared to Magento 1, Magento 2 runs an average of 20% faster. Faster site speed encourages more sales and increases website search engine optimization. What is even better than going on top of the SEO for e-commerce?

Therefore, the site can make faster conversions since users love websites that load smoothly. It can also make an impact on the search engine optimization of the store. It is capable of handling many catalog pages without affecting the speed of the website. As this enhances the scalability, Magento 2 will be suitable for big-named brands and labels.

User-friendly checkout

The customer will have an easy checkout process in Magento 2. It is more streamlined and faster than in Magento 1. Customers can place orders with fewer steps. This will help reduce the rate of abandoned carts and increase conversions. Before moving to the checkout page, the customers are navigated to a guest checkout screen where they enter their email address. If the email address matches an existing customer, they can checkout with saved information in a single step. The guest customer can create an account quickly from the order thank you page.

Key integrations

Magento 2 also integrates a lot of popular extensions, so stores have better functionality out of the box. This includes payment gateways like PayPal and Braintree. These are payment platforms the majority of Magento users choose to integrate anyhow, so Magento 2 makes it a lot easier.

There are also integrations with Worldpay and Cybersource to increase payment security.

Better admin interface

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Admin interface of Magento 1 was a bit complex. Therefore, it was difficult for a new user to manage it. However, Magento 2 provides a far better user interface. The layout is neatly designed, and even a new user can easily navigate through. Additionally, the admin would have the ability to customize the admin panel. This will help them get important data quickly. Product import is four times faster than in Magento 1. The drag and drop layout editing on Magento 2 make the storefront editing easy for everyone. To do that, you don’t need extensive technical knowledge.

Magento is responsive

Responsive design is an integral element in an online store’s success. It has to work well not only on desktops but also on mobile devices. So Magento 2 has included mobile-responsiveness as a core feature. It has responsive themes, integrated videos, and mobile friendly checkout. The admin panel is also touch-screen friendly so that store owners can easily manage it using their cell phones or tabs.

However, upgrading to Magento 2 is not an easy task. You might not find the upgrade for many extensions that you are using now. Finding an alternative requires an in-depth technical knowledge. Offshoring has an experienced Magento team that can help you make an easy transition to Magento 2. You may get in touch with us for a consultation.

Users can easily access the store via any desktop or mobile device. Remember that starting from April 21st, 2015 Google grants higher ranking in search results for mobile-friendly stores.

 

Conclusion

For all you Magento store owners, 2017 will be the year to make some right decisions for your business. According to Builtwith statistics, Magento currently holds 14% of the market share for e-commerce platforms. With the release of Magento 2, it’s possible this percentage could increase. Experts expect the number of Magento 2 stores to grow rapidly within the next year as Magento 1 is slowly phased out. This rise will include existing Magento 1 stores that transition to Magento 2 in addition to brand new stores or businesses that migrate to Magento 2 for a better store platform.
 
If you need any help with planning the next steps for your business, let us know.