Should I Upgrade to Magento 2?
Magento 1 is coming to an end, so your eCommerce website will need to make a change within the next 12 months.
As many of you already know, Magento is an eCommerce platform that is built with open source technology. It provides online businesses with a flexible shopping cart system, control over the look of their online store, and in-depth functionality.
Back in 2014, the Developer Beta of Magento 2 was released and users got their first taste of the updated format, even though it was shaky to start.
Since the initial launch of Magento 2, we’ve seen the Developer Release Candidate version come out in March 2015, and since then, Magento 1 and Magento 2 have been running simultaneously.
But now, the deadline for Magento 1 has been finalised, so now current users must make a decision about the future of their websites.
Why upgrade to Magento 2?
Choosing to upgrade your website to Magento 2 is not a decision to be rushed.
For a start, this a completely different platform to Magento version 1 – so you can’t simply press an “Upgrade” button or lift your existing Magento 1 theme and place it into Magento 2.
The truth is, it is a complex and intricate process which needs time and effort to get right.
From the outside, Magento 2 can look intimidating to users who are comfortable with Magento 1’s clunky, but familiar, admin back end.
However, if you spend some time looking under the bonnet, you’ll discover that the changes Magento 2 has implemented are for the benefit of the users. It has streamlined the admin process and made the overall experience more intuitive.
1) Simplified Directory
To make store management quicker, Magento 2 will reduce the number of root directories from 9 down to 5, which in turn will make finding and organising numerous files much easier.
- For example, the directory “pub” will contain all the data available for publicity.
Additionally, users will be able to place their Magento application files outside of web server document root.
2) User Friendly
Magento 2’s updated admin panel has a more streamlined navigation interface which allows you to find information much easier than before.
The Magento 2 Dashboard shows the following;
- Lifetime Sales
- Average Order
- Last Orders
- Last and Top Search Terms
- Revenue Tax
Data Migration Tool – using this tool you can transfer your existing Magento 1 data over to Magento 2. (Though we’ve found better 3rd party solutions than the one that Magento provides – pop us an email for our recommendations).
3) Trendy Technologies
Magento 2 makes use of some of the best technologies available at the moment, to make your experience smoother and hassle-free.
- You will be able to use Varnish caching right out of the box, so you won’t have to install a third party’s module.
- A Product Creation tool has also been includes which makes new products upload easier, and allows you to link videos to your products.
4) Performance Enhancement
Within Magento 2, you also find:
- Improved process of browser caching for static content
- Improved and faster product data import
5) New Shopper Experience
As we’ve stated above, Magento is designed to be the platform for online business owners, and so making sure that the overall shopping experience is fast and efficient is a top priority.
With this in mind, Magneto 2 offers the following:
- The order summary now features product images to help the customer see exactly what they are buying at all times
- Simplified registration process during checkout – in Magento 2 customers are able to create an account on the checkout success page
- Magento 2 is integrated with PayPal, Braintree, Authorize.net, WorldPay (Enterprise Edition), CyberSource (Enterprise Edition)
- Users can easily access the store via any desktop or mobile device as soon as your site is available.
- Guest checkout is allowed and Magento 2 can automatically find existing registered customers by checking their email address and pulling up their information
- Modernised security including strengthened hashing algorithms (SHA-256) for passwords to make them more resilient.
6) Framework Improvements
A number of the changes made to Magneto 2 have come from business owners and eCommerce users themselves, so there have been quite a few framework improvements:
- Compatibility with HHVM and PHP 7
- Magento Connect will be moved into Magento Marketplace with the quality of extensions monitored specifically by the Magento team
- Most Magento extensions from big extension providers can be transferred to Magento 2 without losing their respective functionalities
(Note: not all of the Magneto extensions can be moved over so you will have to check)
7) Quarterly Updates
Magento understands that eCommerce is a fast-moving industry and there’s no time for standing still when changes need to be made.
Magento 2 has been releasing new features for both Community and Enterprise Editions since its launch in order to keep the updates fresh and relevant. Each update brings something new so it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on what’s coming up.
8) Image Compression
Unlike previous versions when you had to optimise your images manually, it is now possible to do this directly on the server using built in tools.
9) Pricing Structure
And finally, with Magento 2, the per-licence pricing structure has been removed in favour of revenue-based model instead
The new structure is based on tiers of gross merchandise volume (GMV) so eCommerce businesses aren’t penalised for spinning up new servers to handle this “Shark Tank”-type load; they pay one fee.
Magento 2 has gone through a lot of changed over the past few years but the end result definitely seems worth the wait.
Choosing to upgrade your eCommerce business to Magento 2 could be a great move for your business. If you would like some more advice about what it can do for you, please get in touch with Spiral Media today.