4 Reasons to Upgrade to Magento v2

28/02/2017

4 Reasons to Upgrade to Magento v2

Magento v1 was released in 2008 and according to Built With, Magento is one of the most widely-used ecommerce platforms in the world with total market share of 15.35%.

Given its popularity, in November 2015, Magento announced the new 2.0 platform for enterprise and community editions. With the release of Magento v2, it is now possible to address the Magento v1 performance, user experience and speed issues. Magento v2 is fully responsive and touch friendly for a superior user experience (UX), cost effective to add new functionality and it comes with a new improved frontend and backend design.

Below you’ll find some of the important reasons as to why you should start thinking about migrating to the newer version of, arguably, the world’s best ecommerce platform:

1. Magento will stop supporting Magento v1 in November 2018

After the initial release of Magento 2.0 in November 2015, it was announced that Magento will support Magento v1 for a period of three years, so after November 2018 there will be no new security patches and software updates for Magento v1 which means that the websites running on Magento v1 will become more vulnerable and open to hackers.

2. Better Speed because Speed Sells

Compared to Magento v1, Magento v2 runs an average of 50% faster. Faster site speed encourages more sales and increases website search engine optimization.

In Magento v2, Full-page caching (FPC) and Varnish in its core has been included to keep the load time minimal. Earlier in Magento v1, FPC was only available in the enterprise edition and the retailers had to buy a third party extension to enable FPC on their community edition websites.

According to Google, all websites should take no more than 3 seconds to load the webpage and a one second delay in page load time can cause a 7% decline in sales.

Receptional always make sure that our client web-builds meet the Google speed criterion and load within the given timescale. One or our recent Magento v2 projects is http://medical.gratnells.com which takes less than 3 seconds to load all of its resources on desktop and mobile.

3. Mobile-first Architecture

There are over 1 billion mobile web users worldwide and mobile commerce has increased dramatically in the last few years. Those who have worked on Magento v1 templates would agree how difficult it was to use Magento on a mobile or tablet, but credit to Magento for introducing the mobile-first approach in Magento v2.

Now, with an improved interface, it is much easier to manage your Magento store effectively. Besides the obvious benefits for customers, it also provides a much better look and feel on mobile and tablet devices.

4. Improved Admin Interface

One major improvement in Magento v2 is the new improved interface. It is stylish, loads fast, is personalised, a lot more user-friendly and easy to learn. Magento v2 allows admin to customize layout grids and customise columns without having to use a third party extension and ‘Save’ the settings for future use.

It is also much easier to create products in Magento v2 and there is now a built in functionality to add product videos.

Conclusion

Technology evolves with time and it is important to keep your business up-to-date with the latest technology. Magento is one of the biggest ecommerce platforms in the world and it is growing rapidly with the release of Magento v2.

With the new release of v2 and the restricted support for Magento v1, it is important to start thinking about migrating your site sooner than later.

Are you still using Magento v1 for your web store and looking to get a health check? Get in touch with us now for more information.

Shoaib Rehman

Lead Web Developer

Shoaib is experienced in analysis, design and development of client/server, web based and n-tier applications. He holds a Masters degree in Software Engineering from Kingston University, London. He is certified by DSDM consortium for Agile project Management, for Google Analytics and as a Magento 2 Solution specialist. When he is not working, you will find him playing his guitar and singing..

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