Merchants using Magento 1 for their eCommerce stores are now making the transition to the platform’s latest version. The vast improvements in Magento 2, along with significant features and benefits, make it the ideal upgrade to accelerate growth and futureproof your business.
The bad news is that upgrading from Magento 1.X to Magento 2 isn’t quite as simple as clicking an “Update” button. This is because Magento has radically overhauled the underlying coding and architecture of the platform for better optimisation. Whilst this makes for a modernised and futureproof system, it also means that merchants will need to rely on the services of qualified web developers to completely replatform their stores.
Fortunately, this is where we at Klova come in. As an official Magento Solution Partner with Magento Certified Developers, we’re highly experienced in helping M1 customers to successfully make the move across to M2.
But is it necessary to move to Magento 2? And what will happen if you don’t make the shift soon? Here we look at how and why merchants using Magento could greatly benefit from making that all-important upgrade.
Just like with apps on your phone or software on your computer, the Magento platform is constantly reviewed by its developers, with regular tweaks and updates to the system helping to keep things running smoothly every day. However, Magento can’t keep supporting old architecture forever.
As more and more of Magento’s resources focus on supporting M2, regular maintenance for older versions is winding down. In fact, support for Magento 1 is expected to end in June 2020, meaning that stores still utilising the older platform after that date may eventually experience functional problems or – more seriously – vulnerabilities in security. What’s worse, any such problems won’t receive any future fixes or patches.
End-of-life isn’t the only reason to look ahead to the next generation of Magento, though. Magento 2 offers many new innovations and features that will help you and your business to stay competitive in a field that’s constantly evolving and adapting to emergent technologies and trends.
While Magento 2 launched in 2015, it has received a lot of fine-tuning since its release. Now with its latest iteration, version 2.3 offers a whole host of features that make life easier for businesses. The admin interface has been completely redesigned to provide eCommerce managers with a clearer and more user-friendly experience compared to Magento 1’s dashboard.
It’s not just internal processes that benefit from a platform upgrade. Magento 2 is built with customers in mind, offering improvements in performance and speed. On average, M2 stores run 20% faster than those using Magento 1, cutting down on loading times and increasing sales.
Checkout processes have even been streamlined, making it simpler for customers to make purchases quickly. Gone are the lengthy step-by-step processes, in favour of a simple two-step checkout, with the option of one-click purchases for customers with registered accounts using previously stored payment and shipping details.
What’s more, the boom in smartphone usage in recent years has meant that Magento 1 stores have often fallen behind performance-wise. Magento 2 takes a mobile-first approach, delivering optimised, responsive sites that are suitable for devices of all sizes. This makes it easier than ever before for consumers to shop on the go.
There are several things to consider when migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2. Certain elements of the core Magento code and various extensions will have changed, so a complete technical audit of your store and associated data will need to be carried out. This way, you can decide what’s important, remove outdated content and plan out the move in full.
As the upgrade essentially means replatforming your entire system, it’s necessary to build a Magento 2 store in preparation for data migration. At this point, many merchants are also taking the opportunity to update the look and feel of their stores for modern audiences and shopping trends.
For the vast majority of businesses, this process will require outsourcing to those with the expertise and experience of conducting large-scale Magento migrations. Here at Klova, our team of Magento Certified Developers have carried out numerous migration jobs for a variety of medium and large businesses. We’re an official Magento Solution Partner and ensure only the best quality of work that’s fully approved by Magento themselves.
Thinking about migrating your M1 store to a new Magento 2 build? Speak to Klova today to find out how we can get you up to date with the latest upgrade.
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