Long ago (no, not that long ago), Magento the eCommerce Giant announced a new platform for Community and Enterprise editions. An upgrade, they said. An enhancement, they vouched. But, is it so? Magento announced the general availability of Magento 2.0 e-commerce platform in 17th November of the year 2015. It’s been a long time since the announcement, and now we all are facing a new challenge. Magento is cutting its support for Magento 1 platform in November 2018. Should that make you migrate to Magento 2? Perhaps. In any case, it is high time you found your bearings and reevaluated your options.
Here at Gauss Development, we’ve been dealing with Magento migrations for some time. Migrations aren’t a complicated procedure. There are even tools, some of them free, which you can use to move to Magento 2. With the help of our developers, we have compiled for you a list of whys, dos and don’ts if you are still unsure whether you should migrate to Magento 2.
The Whys, the Dos, and the Don’ts
A good question, thank you very much. As previously said, Magento will stop supporting Magento 1.xx. What this means for an average web store owner is that Magento 1.xx won’t get any new features (and didn’t). Magento’s team will ship all the new functionalities and features only to Magento 2. So if you decide to stay on Magento 1, you might be left behind, at least in regards to new e-commerce trends. Perhaps the most important reason is security. If you find a new bug in Magento 1 or if you notice someone exploiting them, they won’t do anything to brew a solution. You’ll be left to your own devices. Of course, no one can force you to make the switch, and most likely you’ll be able to find partners that would help you maintain your store even after the support was cut.
There’s a fair number of reasons why you should at least reconsider your decision. As already stated, you have to be aware of the period in which your store blooms the most. While the migration is underway, you can still operate on your old store. Once everything is set, and ready for launch, the older site gets replaced.
Let us conjure a small example for you. Imagine you are managing a Christmas store. Should you want your site to perform its best during the winter holidays, you’ll want to migrate as sooner as possible before them. That way you’ll be able to deal with all the nuances you still want either fixed or improved. Also, that way you will get all the benefits of a Magento 2 store, such as:
- Performance Boost – Magento 2 stores load 30% faster due to built-in full-page caching
- Expansion of Extensions – Not only does it come with a lot of popular extensions integrated, but it also supports a better review of them which means less site-breaking bugs
- Cleaner Administration Interface – Designed to take less of your time to manage a store
- Mobile-best-friendly – A touch-friendly admin panel, and a more responsive store for all of your mobile customers
- Optimised Code Base – Since Magento team used advanced code design patterns, it encourages developers to follow those patterns which results in an easier to maintain quality code
- PHP 7 – More optimised PHP performance and an expected easier to improve performance in the future
- Database Changes – Separate databases in the same Magento instance. What’s not to love!
- Better UX – Magento 2 offers rich User Experience. With personalised content, faster checkouts, and a near flawless experience across multiple devices, you are bound to increase your conversion
- Security – More frequent security updates, and once they stop supporting Magento 1, only Magento 2 will get them
- Patches – Like with security (or because of it), patches and updates are more frequent
And let us not forget – an excuse to do a redesign. A lot of our clients take this time to freshen up their designs. With a comfortable layout already known to their user base, and a new, visually appealing store, it becomes quite the temptation not to do a full redesign.
Why then shouldn’t you make your Magento 1 store migrate to warmer climates? For one, if you aren’t in a rush to do a redesign, you can wait. Once you feel a change is necessary, you can make them meet, and kill both birds with one stone.
If you are satisfied with your Magento 1 store, you might think not to fix what isn’t broken. That is all true and well, but another phrase applies here – better safe than sorry.
You are already in a warm climate. No reason to migrate north if it isn’t yet snowing. Yet. Time is relative, says Einstein, and even though November 2018 isn’t far off, it isn’t exactly right behind the corner either.
Migrate to Magento 2
A headline in imperative, we know. We aren’t trying to impose anything on you, although it does seem that that would be in our best interests. Our interest lies in developing long-term partnerships. We don’t do one-night migrations, sorry. We take our sweet time to develop healthy relationships, and we pride ourselves on sincerity first and foremost. So we’ll be honest with you. Magento will cut the support for the e-commerce platform’s numero uno – Magento 1.xx.
Time is of the essence here, merchants. November 2018 seems far off, but how far in actuality really depends on your store. Analyse and evaluate, see what the best time for your migration would be. If you deal in Christmas lights, you most likely don’t want your Magento migration to happen around your peak selling point around Christmas.
Birds of a feather flock together, but merchants of a market migrate divided. Being prudent, and not hasty is usually a sound advice. Build a strategy. Ask yourself: Can you profit from this turmoil? A good strategy will get you far. A great one will get you to the top. But, keep in mind; even your competitors will eventually migrate if they haven’t already.
Once they do, the question will stand “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the number one stall?”
Decisions, decisions. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. Well, actually, you must live with them. Your time will come, and you’ll sit down, hopefully with a warm beverage cupped in your hands, and you’ll have to weigh all the pros and cons of migrating your store to Magento 2 platform. Take your time. If you still can’t decide alone, give us a call, and we’ll walk you by.
Any questions, remarks, ideas, hellous, anything really, you can direct us in the comments bellow. They do not migrate so you don’t have to worry if we’ll see your comments or not. We’ll get back to you ASAP!