In June 2020 Magento stopped technical support for the Magento 1 platform and started to focus only on Magento 2 development. This means that no new updates will be made for Magento 1, including security updates.
Magento 1 is a still an excellent e-commerce platform. However, its latest version will allow you to take your business to the next level with new possibilities. The migration process is long, technically advanced and it is worth to make sure that it is carried out correctly by experts who are familiar with it.
Magento 2, compared to version 1 at the end, works faster by min. 20%. Magento 2 can thus handle more orders.
Compared to the previous version of the software, the path was shortened from 6 stages to 2. This solution significantly reduced the percentage of shopping carts abandoned by customers.
“Mobile first” is now more important than ever. Already about 50% of store traffic comes from mobile devices. Based on these statistics, correct store operation on mobile devices is a priority in Magento 2.
Magento 2 reduces the load on the servers, which in the user’s opinion speeds up store operation. A database scaling option has been introduced, which will be useful during periods of increased traffic in e-commerce, i.e. during Christmas or sales (Black Friday, Cyber Monday etc.).
The Magento API allows you to integrate your store with external systems such as ERP.
In Magento 2 the manufacturer provides a completely new administration panel. More intuitive and clear.
With the official end of support for Magento 1 (end of June 2020) from Adobe, the software becomes more vulnerable to attacks due to lack of support from the manufacturer. There will be no new official security updates (patches). Lack of support also means no new features and options to improve business. The same is true for the modules that you have used so far may no longer be supported by the developers.
When deciding to migrate Magento, it is important that the process is carried out safely according to all the guidelines of the software manufacturer. Developers responsible for the whole project must have experience and skills in these activities, an additional bonus is the official certificates of experts.
The Magento template cannot be “automatically” moved from Magento 1 to version 2. In practice, this means that developers will have to create a new theme for Magento 2, or adapt the one you choose from the database to your needs.
Similarly to the store template, the extensions for Magento 1 will not work after updating the software to a higher one. For you, this means that key elements and functionalities from your business will have to be created from the beginning. Of course, you can look for their equivalents on the official Magento marketplace. However, remember that you will not always find a ready-made solution tailored to the needs of this particular business.
Before starting the migration, you should take care of a copy of the entire database in case some of them are lost during the process.
Even experienced developers make mistakes or encounter system obstacles on their way. Knowing the most common mistakes will not only help to avoid them but also save time and money spent on possible repairs.
Changing the platform from Magento 1 to Magento 2 may be associated with changes in business. Migration is a good time for business analysis. Maybe rebuilding a store is a good time to change activities in connection with the marketing and sales plan. Sometimes it is the business model that enforces a change in software or decides on new functionality. Migration may be the right time to introduce corrections, new solutions or improvements.
Migration to Magento 2 is not a simple update. It’s a complex process that should be preceded by a detailed pre-implementation analysis. It is worthwhile to have this task performed by specialized and experienced programmers. It is a time consuming process that requires a lot of knowledge but also financial resources of the customer. How much exactly a migration can cost depends on many factors, but you can read more about it in one of the previous entries here (Magento migration what you should know about it).