Not many people thought about Magento 2 migration until Magento announced that “Magento 1 will continue to be supported for 3 years following the release of Magento 2”.
And you know what?
Magento 2 was released on 17th November, 2017, which means that Magento 1 will soon reach its end of life on 18th November, 2018.
The cut-off announcement has been triggering a panic and confusion for the Magento community, raising an urgent need for Magento 2 migration. A lot of store owners who are still running Magento 1 websites are afraid of potential security vulnerabilities in the near future.
With more than 5-year experience on Magento, we highly recommend you to migrate your site from Magento 1 to 2 due to 5 following reasons:
1st reason: Magento 1 End Of Life = End To The Security Patches & Magento Connect
This would be an unexpected thing for Magento e-commerce websites which need to submit to PCI, and other security related, audits.
It’s no doubt that security is always the top concern of all Magento e-commerce stores. It is your duty and responsibility to protect your customers as well as their private information. When a Magento security update is available, either for your server or your store, it should be applied as soon as possible to avoid all potential risks.
However, when Magento stop supporting Magento 1, they no longer provide us with useful security patches. It also means that the security of your site would be threaten, and you have to figure out yourself how to solve problem when it happens.
Moreover, it’s high possibility that Magento Connect will be shut down at the same time, which leads to the counteraction of the Connect Downloader and ./mage commands. Another consequence is that when the official Magento themes and extensions market closes, it’s hard for Magento module development companies to introduce and distribute their products to Magento 1 users; and vice versa, the users have to take more effort to find quality plugins for their stores.
2nd reason: Magento 1 Is Now Obsolete
Even when Magento continues their support for Magento 1, it is not the same as this version will be continually developed and improved.
The truth is that all Magento’s efforts are now being invested in Magento 2 development and first version is gradually obsolete. Almost new, exciting and valuable developments and enhancements to Magento are happening on Magento 2 only, with Magento 1 being left to fade.
As you might know, we cannot “move” Magento 1 extensions to Magento 2 websites but finding similar version for Magento 2. Therefore, most of the Magento module development firms have stopped creating new Magento 1 extensions and turned their attention to Magento 2 to meet the needs of continuously rising number of Magento 2 users.
Although the Magento 1 end-of-life date has not yet been publicly announced, the fact that support for Magento 1 will end at some point is undeniable. As a result, it provides imperative reasons for merchants on Magento 1 to migrate their current websites to Magento 2.
3rd reason: Magento 2 Has Better Design And Performance Than Magento 1
As you can see, while Magento 1 theme style is extremely basic and boring, Magento 2 looks modern and attractive. Also, one of essential Magento 2 default features is responsiveness, which means that you website will be presented nicely regardless of devices (e.g.: laptops, desktops, tablets, smartphones,…).
For an e-commerce website, the front-end interface is fundamental since it can have direct impact on customers’ buying decisions. Therefore, if you want to enhance your customer experience, Magento 2 migration is a great option.
Magento 1 Default Theme
Magento 2 Default Theme
More importantly, Magento 2 was developed with performance in mind.
Compared to the previous version, page loads in Magento 2 are at least 30-50% faster.
In recent surveys, it indicated that Magento 2 can handle roughly 40% more orders each hour with up to 70% faster add-to-cart times than Magento 1.
What is more, with the proper hosting setup it can deliver nearly instant server response for catalog browsing.
Additionally, Magento 2 is able to handle more traffic by managing 10 million page views per hour, while Magento 1 can process only 200,000 views.
At checkout, Magento 2 Community Edition can handle 50,000 orders per hour and Magento 2 Enterprise Edition can handle 90,000 ones at the same time.
As a result, there would be more user interaction on your site, more products added to cart, and more sale conversions with much fewer abandoned carts.
How does Magento 2 make such an great improvement in performance? Here are the reasons:
Ajax Cart: For Magento 1, you will have to find an Ajax Cart extension and install it on your site whereas this feature has already included in Magento 2. It allows the users to add products to cart immediately – while staying in the current page.
Cache: Magento 2 has improved the caching system and now includes native support for caching technologies like Varnish, a popular HTTP accelerator.
PHP 7: Magento 2 is optimized for PHP 7 that offers superior performance to all previous PHP versions.
Hosting Environment: Magento 2 allows you to spread the demand on your hosting infrastructure over multiple servers at ease and hence.
Easy and Fast Checkout: In comparison to Magento 1, the checkout process is quicker and smoother. To be more specific, it allows guest checkout instead of forcing all users to register during the checkout process. Moreover, Magento 2’s integration with PayPal has been improved by not dismissing unnecessary information such as a billing address that is handled by PayPal. Furthermore, the order summary in Magento 2 now includes product photos, helping the customers to confirm again about their order.
4th reason: Magento 2 has more Modern and Convenient Admin Panel than Magento 1
Magento 2 has made several significant improvements to help the store owners administer their site more effectively. Here are some noticeable changes:
+) Creating new products 4 times faster than Magento
+) Selecting certain attributes displayed in the data grid view to suit the needs of each store
+) Uncluttered and clean admin interface
+) Safeguards for product data are added, which allow multiple administrators to work on product data simultaneously
+) Adding videos from Youtube are supported
Magento 1 Admin Panel
Magento 2 Admin Panel
5th reason: Magento 2 Migration is Indispensable for All Magento E-commerce Stores
To begin with, over the last 3 years, Magento 2 has proved that it is a perfect alternative for its previous version. It includes capabilities that improve site performance, provide better visibility into business results, and drive outstanding e-commerce experiences.
At the same time, the “Magento 1 monarchy” gradually collapses with the support termination of Magento as well as the swing to Magento 2 of Magento extension providers.
The best part:
More than 50% of Magento e-commerce stores implemented Magento 2 migration or are planning for it.
All things considered, Magento 2 will replace Magento 1 completely sooner or later.
November 18, 2018 was marked as “End of Life” of Magento 1. Most of the Magento merchants, agencies and developers feared that date, but they should not.
Instead, we should think that it’s a great opportunity for upgrade your site to a higher level.
If you are still using Magento 1, we highly suggest you to migrate it to Magento 2 Now before being left behind by your competitors.
Is this expensive to implement Magento 2 Migration?
Magento 2 migration process is much complicated than applying security patches. This is the same as building a website from the scratch.
Therefore, you should hire a prestigious agency to help you conduct the migration.
In terms of the Magento 2 migration cost, it depends on a lot of factors such as the themes you want to use, the extensions and database you want to migrate, the custom functions you want to have, etc.
Besides, the price also depends on the company you want to partner with. If you work with a local Magento agency in US, UK, Australia, you will charge you a very high price for website migration (up to 6 digits). On the other hand, if you decide to outsource your project to Magento development firms in India, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand,… the price is just a half or even much lower. The reason for this huge price gap is just labor cost and not related to the quality of developers.
Tigren’s Magento 2 Migration Service
With more than 5-year experience on Magento as well as Magento 2 Migration, we are confident to help you conduct the upgrade smoothly and effectively with the most competitive price on the market. Especially, we offer 3-month free support after your site goes live to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with the product.
Contact us now to get Free consultation and quotation for your project!