Magento was released back in 2008 and has since become the most widely used eCommerce platforms in the world commanding a total market share of 15.53%.
After proving a very popular platform, back in November 2015, Magento announced the release of the new 2.0 version for enterprise and community editions. Now that Magento 2 is out there, it is easy to compare the performances, speed issues and experiences users face on both platforms. The newer version is fully responsive and touch-friendly for superior user experience, much more cost-effective and also adds new functionality with new and improved front and backend design and layout treatments.
So, should you think about upgrading to the newer version? Here are some reasons why we think it’s a great thing to do…
Magento Will Only Support Magento 2 From November 2018 Onward
We all want to be able to keep our website secure and off limits to hackers which means getting the latest security patches and software updates. It was however announced that any sort of update will cease for sites using the original version of Magento come November 2018 which means your eCommerce site could become very vulnerable if you haven’t yet made the switch to Magento 2.
Improved Site Speed
Magento 2 runs on average 50% faster than the original version of the platform. A faster site will improve the user experience which could lead to more sales for your eCommerce store. Another factor to consider is how important a fast website is with regards to SEO, as a slow site could damage your overall search engine ranking. Google has previously stated that any site should take no more than 3 seconds to load and also even a 1-second delay could result in as much as a 7% decline in sales.
Magento 2.0 has included full-page caching (FPC) and Varnish within its core to keep loading time to a minimum. For the first version of Magento, FPC was only available in the enterprise edition and retailers were required to buy a third-party extension to enable FPC on their community websites so this is a fantastic benefit and offers real tangible value.
Mobile commerce has helped increase the number of mobile web users dramatically over the last few years with over 1 billion recorded shoppers taking to their phones. Any people who previously worked on the original Magento templates would understand just how difficult it was to use on either a small tablet or mobile device.
A mobile-first approach appears in Magento v2 with a much-improved interface which means it’s now easier to manage your Magento eCommerce store more effectively. Looking beyond the obvious benefits of designing an aesthetically pleasing site more easily, it also provides a much cleaner look and feels on both mobile and tablet devices for the end user.
Improved Admin Interface
One of the most obvious improvements in Magento 2 is the new administration panel interface, from its stylish new look to it being a lot more user-friendly and easier to learn for the newcomer. Magento 2 allows an admin to be able to customise layout grids and columns without the use of any extension or plugin. On top of this, it also makes it much easier to create products with built-in functionality to add product videos too.
Everyone knows that technology is forever changing and developing so it’s important to keep your eCommerce business up to date so you don’t get left behind. Magento is one of the biggest eCommerce platforms in the world right now and is growing with the release of their newest version so in conclusion if you are still using the original version of Magento, it’s probably a good idea to start thinking about migrating to 2.0…sooner rather than later! If you’d like to start planning for this migration or just to discuss options then please get in touch.