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Magento 2 – Is It Worth the Update?

[fa icon="calendar"] Apr 15, 2019 / by David Ward

David Ward

In the realm of eCommerce, allowing your site to become outdated is not an option. Keeping up with ever evolving plugins and security measures is a must. After all, users expect a smooth and seamless experience when they frequent your site.

The question isn’t whether or not you should upgrade, but when. Should you take steps to upgrade now or wait until later?

How is Magneto 1 Performing For You Now?

The answer to the question depends on the state of your current version of Magento 1, as well as your budget. If Magento 1 has been problematic for you and your customers, then you might consider making the update sooner rather than later.

If your Magento 1 eCommerce store has been running smoothly, then there’s no immediate rush to upgrade to Magento 2— you can do it within the next 12 15 months when your budget allows for the upgrade. Planning to start a new eCommerce business altogether? You should definitely make the jump to Magento 2 from the get go.

Magento 2 has been significantly re-engineered, implementing support for more advanced and newer technologies, reworking programming patterns, improving usability and optimizing the platform.

What are Some of the Latest Improvements?

  1. Enhanced performance: Faster loading time – web pages load in less than 1.5 seconds
  2. Faster streamlined checkout: Guests can check out without registering or opt to register after checking out, and registered customers are automatically identified based on their email.
  3. Improved Ajax add-to-cart feature: Customers can add to cart without any delays caused by page reloading.
  4. Simpler admin interface: This easier navigation ensures that store owners don’t need a Magento developer to manage the online store.
  5. Split database: 3 separate databases can be used for product data, orders, and checkout – preventing database overload.
  6. Support for advanced tech: Magento 2 supports advanced technologies such as CSS3, HTML5 and of course, MySQL. And Magento 2 uses jQuery instead of prototype.js.

What are the Downsides of Migration?

The downside of migration from Magento 1 to 2:

You will lose design and customized features. It will cost time and money to rebuild.

Limited developer experience. Developers with experience in Magento 2 are few and far between. Therefore, their expertise will come at a higher price.

On the upside, products, attributes, and databases will transfer with ease. The new Data Migration Tool makes migration seamless. You’ll be able to migrate product, customer, order data, and your most valued asset, the database, without significant disruption.

Now What?

If you are considering the update, the bottom line is that you need to evaluate your current Magento 1 version and your budget. You may need help to do so.

If you have a well-functioning eCommerce store running on one of the latest versions of Magento 1 generating a regular income, you should consider upgrading to Magento 2 within the next twelve months.

However, if your online store runs on an already outdated 1.x version, you should immediately prioritize the development of your Magento 2 site.

Regardless of which stage you’re at, you’re going to require a team of experts to walk you through the process and complete the build. We may be biased, but we think that team of experts should be us!  Contact us and let's discuss your needs.

Topics: Magento, Website Development

David Ward

Written by David Ward

President of Meticulosity and Serial Entrepreneur.

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