To get straight to the point: security is the most important reason to upgrade to Magento 2. From June 2020, Magento 1 will no longer receive support. Magento is one of the most popular software providers in the field of e-commerce and the most used platform in Europe. Magento 1 was published on March 31, 2008. Seven years later, on November 17, 2015, Magento 2. We are now almost five years later and Magento has decided to stop offering support for the first version. High time for an upgrade.
What does this mean for you as a webshop owner? Is it really necessary to migrate to Magento 2? If your webshop still performs and generates sufficiently well, there seems to be no hurry. However, there are risks lurking. No support means:
This means that when a leak is found by hackers, it will no longer be fixed by Magento. In that case, your webshop and its visitors are at risk. The importance of upgrading should therefore not be underestimated!
Technological developments follow each other at full speed. Obviously, software is due for an upgrade at some point. This also applies to Magento. The Magento community is continuously working on optimizing the product. And not only in terms of safety and performance, but also in terms of new functionalities. By migrating to the latest version of Magento, you as a user reap the benefits of this further development. Upgrading is therefore investing in the future. We list a number of advantages of Magento 2:
Pages load about 50% faster.
Magento 2 enables more than ten million views per hour, whereas with Magento 1 this was only two hundred thousand. A multiplication of fifty!
The checkout process is more streamlined, making it easier for users to go through the ordering process. Speed has also increased by 38%.
Improved admin interface
The admin interface in Magento 2 is a lot more user-friendly. If you are not familiar with the system, you will find it relatively easy to find what you are looking for. Are you curious about the improvements? Consult the Magento 2.3.4 release notes . In addition to security updates, there are also a lot of new practical developments.
We live in a digital age where users know what they want. Module builders respond to the wishes of visitors to offer them the best possible online experience. Because Magento 1 will no longer receive support from June, no new modules will be developed. So you can no longer respond to the needs of your customer. However, many advanced extensions and modules are still being developed for Magento 2. In this new version there are therefore plenty of opportunities to give your visitors a great shopping experience. The better your webshop performs, the better your customer experience and the greater the chance of conversion!
Do you have a Magento 1 webshop and do you want to get the most out of your webshop? Please contact me to investigate the possibilities of an upgrade to Magento 2.
Mike Oerlemans, (Magento 2) front and backend developer
We are happy to tell you about the opportunities and possibilities.