The Big Debate: Magento 1 vs Magento 2

After being released in November 2015 Magento 2 has come under a lot of scrutiny from web developers around the world. As with any new software release there were some bugs and fixes to be done however the update is now at a stage where clients are asking when it is time to move their ecommerce shop.

With more than 240,000 shops on the Magento 1 platform many web agencies are being asked by their clients when they should carry out the migration and just how much disturbance will it cause to their website.

Some of the most common questions raised are:

  • When should I move to Magento 2?
  • How smooth is the process?
  • Is it really worth the hassle of the move or should I stick with Magento 1?

Timing is key…

As the new system was released in November there have been months of testing and many migrations that have already been carried out, giving you the upper hand of being able to ask the right questions if you haven’t already moved your client’s website.

In our opinion, if you are already on the version 1.8 CE and 1.13 EE or above we don’t see a big rush to move onto version 2. Instead use this time to sit with your client and plan the migration.

Also, speaking with your development team and planning the migration is important as there are some features that cannot be moved over including plugins, therefore you will have to spend some time reviewing the plugins that you really need.

This is also where the client comes in, asking them what plugins they feel really benefit the website.

How smooth is the process?

This is probably the most commonly asked question as the fear of a website going down or losing data is one that all of your client’s will have thought about.

One of the most important things to consider when updating to Magento 2 is that theme and code customisations cannot be transferred across meaning that these will have to be redone.

However, this does give some positives:

  • You can get rid of some of the legacy code
  • It gives your client the option to review their business and website, it may even push them towards a redesign of the website
  • Overall user experience and usability of the website can be improved with these changes

Is Magento 2 worth all the hype?

One of the most important questions asked, what extra benefits does Magento 2 actually come with?

Faster page loading speed

The new update comes with a much faster loading speed, reported at less than 1.5 seconds on first view this will improve user experience.

Updates in support

Magento 2 has scale to help your client’s on days when their traffic is higher than ever, the system supports websites with 3.5 million page views per hour and those that generate more than 250,000 orders per hour.

Personalisation

Providing a truly unique experience to the user Magento has allowed even more personalisation to ensure that all users have an engaging experience.

Easy product discovery

The new layered search facility enables visitors to find exactly what products they are looking for with ease, a much more powerful search function is in place which will benefit your client’s customers.

Faster checkout

New updates now enable first time buyers to set up their own account with just one click and without interrupting their checkout process.

Need help with moving to Magento 2?

As experts in Magento support we can help you to make the move to the new system for your clients, solving your development pain!

For more information on how we can help contact us and a member of our team will be more than happy to help.