Clearly, the Magento team aimed to enhance the Magento 2 version, focusing more on the UI/UX (User Interface & User Experience) and bringing out the platform for bigger enterprises. And there are a lot more improvements done than just UI and UX.
Now, the big question is – “When should I upgrade from Magento 1.x to Magento 2?”. In fact, it is more of migration than a mere upgrade.
As it is apparent that upgrading a platform from one version to another demands huge planning over, to execute a zero downtime upgrade. Also, it requires constant IT support from an in-house and third party, if involved, and so it requires investment over time. While planning for an upgrade, it is crucial for you to know about the existing Magento 1 store i.e.
a) Is it running smoothly,
b) Does it have any problematic plugins and customizations,
c) Is it easy to generate order and revenue,
d) Is the payment process smooth for customers with secured firewalls,
e) Is the current version requires any performance optimization,
f) Is your current version of Magento is optimized for SEO,
… and more such details…
“Once you find your answers for these questions, it will be easier to draw out your requirements.”
In addition, you must also know what actually you are missing out from Magento 2. So here is a comparative analysis which will help you to know why should you upgrade from Magento 1.x to Magento 2
-> Technical Aspects
- – Much improved API availability
- – Supports PHP version 5.6+ to PHP7 which is far better than legacy PHP.
- – Native support for HTML5 / CSS3
- – Elastic Search implementation
- – In-site PayPal experience
- – Integrated video (PDP)
- – Full page caching (EE)
- – Minimal extensions for 2.0 than Magento 1.x [Many important features are now available out-of-box]
- – Advanced content staging
- – Responsive Admin Panel
- – Ajax based ‘Add to Cart’ functionality
- – Fresh new design in Admin
- – Customizable Data Grid for Catalog
- – Streamlined Checkout process
- – Same Payment & Shipping methods
- – New “Marketplace” than Connect Store in v1.x
- – Rigorous extension testing assured
14 Benefits Of Magento 2 Over Magento 1.x
i) Improved Page Load Time
According to Google Page Data Insights, it is found that page loading time directly reflects on customer’s bounce rate. Magento 2 loading time is way faster, less than 2 seconds, thus giving a rich user experience over Magento 1x.
ii) Responsive and Search Engine Friendly
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According to Search Engine Watch report, 74% of Consumers Want Mobile-Friendly Sites. Magento 2 responsive front end design makes it accessible to all devices, making it more user and Google SEO friendly.
iii) Elastic Search
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In comparison with Sub-Par Search (SOLR) protocol, Elastic search is way too fast and thus enriches the user experience much better. Magento 2 supports 33 languages and so elastic search will be reliable resource for Magento core developers in improving search experience.
iv) Streamlined Checkout
According to Kissmetrics statistical analysis – “ask for less and they will buy more”is the analysis where user do not like to enter more data every time while checkout process. Apart from being a registered user, streamlined checkout gives a faster checkout option for guest users too. It also streamlines the registered email and automatically checkout the product.
v) Add to Cart
✓ In Magento 1, every time when a product is added to cart then system reloads the page, increasing the checkout time and makes a negative impact over the performance, bounce rate, user retention etc.
✓ Imagine a situation when SALE is going on and page refresh happens for every bid process – even microseconds matter at that time, an issue which you can’t disregard.
✓ Ajax Add To Cart is definitely the best possible solution where the cart page does not reload when product is added, hence offering better user experience.
vi) Easy navigation
Magento 2 is designed for best user experience where admin panel is modernized and simplified for a efficient management of online stores.
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Magento 2 – Dashboard / Advanced Reporting:
✓ lifetime sales,
✓ average order amount,
✓ last orders,
✓ top search terms,
✓ most viewed products,
✓ new customers, etc.
Advanced reporting in Magento 2 gives out sales information, business output, keyword search terms on a single window.
viii) Product upload
Animoto did a survey for US customer behaviour dataset – revealing that 96% of consumers find videos helpful when making purchase decisions online.
Magento 2 guided tour helps new user to upload product through a simplified process step by step. Now-a-days the most trending feature is to upload a product video tour
ix) Personalized suggestion
In an infographic from Invespcro – 53% of online shoppers believe that retailers who personalize the shopping experience provide a valuable service.
Businesses who are serious about their ecommerce stores will definitely like to analyse the behaviour pattern of customer and provide a personalized shopping experience for them. On-site customer footprints like product watch when discounts are available, wishlist and similar products, relevance of product as per last purchase pattern etc. are available to the merchants using Magento 2.
✓ HTML5 , CSS3, MySQL are supported natively by Magento 2.
✓ JQuery instead of Prototype.js is supported by Magento 2.
✓ Supports PHP5.6+ to PHP7 than older legacy PHP.
xi) More Native Features
Magento 2 designed with a wide array of in-built features, less configuration and plugins uses – enhancing the platform stability. Currently, Magento 2 platform does not have as many third-party plugins as Magento v.1x
xii) SEO friendly
Magento 2 is preconfigured with rich snippets on catalog page which enhances the SERPs ranking in search engine. No duplicate content pages, Product images optimizations, Blog page for Magento store etc. makes the platform SEO friendly.
xiii) Mobile Friendly
✓ According to CIODive mobile marketing statistics, 70% of internet traffic comes from mobile phones. According to Sweor stats- 57% of internet users say they won’t recommend a business with a poorly designed website on mobile.
✓ Magento 2 platform came up with new internal APIs that makes it suitable for both creating mobile apps and managing them. Magento 2 supports both REST or SOAP. Creating a mobile app with the new API can be easily done.
Magento 2 is developed by keeping focus over bigger enterprise solutions, so third party integrations are available for Inventory management software, LMS, ERP, Accounting, CRM etc.
When will Magento 1.x will be outdated?
Although Magento community has officially announced that Magento 1.x support will be ceased on June 2020, so it is crucial to understand the fact that Magento 2 is a far better platform than Magento 1.x in terms of speed, reliability, user experience, SEO optimization, security, etc.