With the release of Magento 2, companies that are running their eCommerce websites and applications on Magento 1 are at a crossroad where they need to decide to either continue on their current path of using Magento 1 or upgrading to Magento 2 for their eCommerce solution.
Both have their pros and cons, and people will have strong opinions on one versus the other. We have listed below the 7 major benefits of upgrading to Magento 2.
Advantages of Magento 2 :
- Better Admin UI
The admin UI of Magento 1 is a bit complicated and segregated. Moreover, it is not manageable in its mobile view, which is a significant downside if you need to keep tabs on your project while on the go.
Whereas Magento 2 has not only a mobile view for the end users but also the admin menu is aggregated in such a way that it is easier to identify and locate even when the admin is trying to manage the backend from a smartphone.
Easy mobile usability is possible through admin grids with DIY filters and views that make it more manageable, thereby increasing the productivity of administrators. It also helps when an admin needs to take an urgent action and is not close to a laptop or desktop.
- Advantages of Using LESS
LESS is a CSS pre-processor which is used to generate a simple CSS file that works across browsers. Traditionally CSS does not allow variables or importing other CSS files, but with LESS, this is possible. We can also get a cleaner CSS structure due to the use of Nesting in LESS. Modifying or updating is faster because the use of LESS variables makes coding quicker and easier.
Magento 1 did support LESS but since it was not a part of the Magento core, it had to be integrated separately as a plugin, which involved a lot of effort and was not optimal. Whereas in Magento 2, LESS has been integrated in the core, which helps the developers use it easily without much effort.
- Improved Performance
Without caching, a plain HTML will be fetched from the database each time there is a page request, which increases the load on the application and the database layer. Full page caching ensures the page is drawn from the cache and thereby improves the performance of database layer.
Pre-integrated full page caching reduces the load time of pages, and a PSR-compliant coding structure ensures cleaner code for Magento 2 development. It reduces the server load and ensures high availability during peak times.
Magento 2, apart from having pre-integrated caching mechanism, is also bundled with Varnish, which stores file fragments in the memory. This caching system reduces response time and consumption of network bandwidth for future page requests. With the excellent performance of Magento 2, the website load time is 30% to 50% faster than earlier Magento 1.x versions. This, in turn, improves the conversion ratio at checkout, thus improving sales.
- Enhanced SEO Management
Better SEO management is an essential part of any Magento website development since having high SEO rankings will help increase traffic to the site and hence the chances of overall sales. Traditionally, Magento 1 by default was not SEO friendly, and hence companies would have to hire SEO experts to improve their rankings.
But, unlike Magento 1, Magento 2 has robots.txt, the single most crucial file when SEO is concerned, editable from the backend. The sitemap also has frequency and priority settings for each page along with image tag to be included or excluded and can now be configured from the admin panel. Together, Robots.txt and sitemap are very useful for organic SEO which is the most cost-effective way of marketing, thus saving substantial marketing expenses for companies.
- Seamless Checkout Experience
Compared to Magento 1, Magento 2 Checkout has pre-integrated payments and shipping methods, with an easily manageable tax structure that provides a seamless checkout experience.
Instead of the 4-5 step checkout process, Magento 2 has reduced the checkout time by having only 2 step process from cart page to order submission. Thus, reducing the abandoned cart ratio and improving the conversions.
A lot of companies depend on 3rd party plugins for features not readily available in core Magento. These plugins are readily available which reduces the website development cost and increases the productivity of the administrator.
Plugins are available for essential features like Payment Gateways, Shipping, Advanced Promotions, etc. These plugins are developed by the vast Magento community, which works toward improving the Magento platform.
With the launch of Magento 2, it is difficult for the community to support and develop new plugins for both these versions. Hence, given that Magento 2 is going to be here longer, the community has consciously stopped developing new plugins and supporting existing plugins on Magento 1. This will only keep on decreasing over the course of next few years until it stops completely.
- Security Patches and Support
Similar to the case of Plugins, developing security patches for both the Magento versions takes a lot of time. In a world where someone is always trying to exploit a flaw in any system, these patches ensure the security and uptime of the application are maintained during peak hours.
Leaving the existing e-commerce website as is in Magento 1 can put the company’s business at risk. Support for Magento 1 will stop soon, and it is imperative for retailers and marketplaces to consider migrating to Magento 2.
Make a Seamless Switch to Magento 2
At the end of the day, it is your decision whether to move to a newer platform and be future-proof or to continue with the existing system and fulfill your current needs.
Above were seven significant reasons why you should be switching to Magento 2. So, if you are ready to be future-proof, get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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