Magento 2 launched back in late 2015, a new upgraded version of their popular ecommerce platform. It’s safe to say that their new platform wasn’t universally loved by developers, with a host of teething problems. This meant that not all users of the first version were immediately keen on a Magento migration.
Competition for ecommerce platforms has increased over the past few years, with solutions like Woocommerce and Shopify making significant gains in market share. To combat this, Magento had to step in to improve their latest product to remain competitive.
Reasons to Migrate Magento 1 to Magento 2
Ring of truth – nobody likes slow-loading websites. Which is why a Google study found that 53% of mobile site visits are abandoned if pages take longer than 3 seconds to load.
If that happens to your own site, then it will also affect your website rankings on Google and other search engines. Bad usability leads to users leaving your site. Search engines recognise this, and thinks that users are having a bad time on your site. This could result in your site ranking lower in online searches – affecting your site traffic, and leading to less sales / conversions.
2.Improve Backend Admin Panel
A common complaint about Magento 1 was that the admin section was difficult to navigate for non-technical users. Sure, if you had in-house developers and marketers to look at each minute detail, then it wasn’t a concern.
But not all companies have those resources available to them. if you’re a small operation with only a few employees, it’s crucial that the system that is in place is easy to use.
- Overall their design received a massive upgrade with a clean, simpler layout
- The admin interface is more user-friendly, with tools and settings easier to find. Also, the process of creating products for your eCommerce site was simplified .
3. Goodbye outdated tech
For backend users, the uploading of multimedia (like photos and videos) was handled by Adobe Flash, an outdated component that is being completely phased out by the end of 2020. Most browsers does not have Flash installed by default, which has led to site administrators struggling to update their content.
Since Magento 2 is the latest version, it will be supported by Magento and the many talented contributors over at GitHub with software fixes, upgrades and security patches for years to come.
Originally support for Magento 1 would have ended on 18 November 2018. But luckily in mid 2017 Magento announced that they would still support their first platform, and announce any changes 18 months in advance.
While this is good news for those running on Magento 1, this just means that there is more time for everybody to move over to Magento 2, which is the company’s future. Magento 2 is their main focus and will be receiving fixes and upgrades going forward, as opposed to just security patches.