Magento has become a world leading eCommerce platform since its launch in 2008. It requires professional developers who are comfortable with its concepts, terminology, and understand its different mechanisms. However, Magento’s time is now up. At least in its first form.
Magento 2 marks a fundamental change in architecture, and that is probably only to be expected from Magento brand owners Adobe, as they lay the foundations for the next generation of online shops.
As of June 30th, this year (2020), support from the Magento 1 team ended. That means, you could start to encounter different issues with your site over time, such as:
- Lack of Development Support: In terms of the number of Magento developers out there who can support the live Magento sites, there aren’t many. The thing here is that these developers will now be focusing more of their time on supporting Magento 2. In short, there will now be less resources that can be put into helping anyone with a Magento 1 site.
- Payment Gateways: Should you remain on Magento 1 after End of Life (EOL), there’s a chance that your payment gateway might drop you. Should this happen, you will be limiting the types of payment methods that you can offer to your customers.
- Security Risks: As there will no longer be security updates coming directly from Magento, this will inevitably fall to your development team if you have one, and they probably won’t thank you for the increased workload. Also, failure to keep your site secure exposes you to hackers. The last thing you want is to be dealing with a malicious attack from a hacker.
- Extension Updates: This one could be a key one that results in your site not functioning properly due to many of the Magento modules and extensions not working. You might start to see key elements of your website starting to break resulting in lost customers and revenue.
These are all reasons as to why, here at Piranha, we recommend that you have a plan in place to upgrade to Magento 2 sooner, rather than later.
What is Magento 2?
Magento 2 has undergone a significant revamp. There is now support for newer, more advanced technologies, improving usability and optimizing the platform itself. It offers a wide range of flexible tools that make it the best platform for your online stores.
The platform is much more customizable than Magento 1 meaning you can be more creative when it comes to getting things just the way you want them to be. It’s also undergoing continuous development and with many enhancements coming, while it might be costly to move, it’s a no brainer to move to Magento 2.
Below are some of the improvements that have been made to the new version of the software:
- Now supports CSS3, HTML5 and MySQL
- Is now mobile friendly out-of-the-box
- Simplifies the checkout process from six stages to two
- Offers faster page load speed compared to Magento 1 by 20% on average
- Supports the latest PHP versions which can also affect site speed
- Has a better admin interface for a better user experience for non-technical users
At this point, it’s probably worth pointing out that there are three different versions of Magento 2.
- Magento 2 Open Source – This was formerly known as the Community Edition and is a free product to download from the Magento website and can then be professionally developed for the bespoke needs of your online shop. Once installed your developers will be responsible for hosting, support and development costs.
- Magento 2 Commerce (On-Prem) – This on-premise premium option comes with added features and support. It is usually only adopted by larger businesses because the monthly costs can be steep.
- Magento 2 Commerce Cloud – A cloud-hosted version it provides the same features of the on-premise Enterprise Edition but eliminates the need for self-hosting but at a premium cost.
The team at Piranha have plenty of experience when it comes to migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2. Since the Magento 2 was introduced in 2015, we have handled numerous migration projects so if you would like to upgrade your website or online shop from M1 to Magento 2, you can contact us today by email – firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our office on 01772 888331.