As of January 2018, around 378,252 active Ecommerce websites are powered by Magento.
Out of these, 99% websites are still using Magento 1, whereas only 1% have already started using Magento 2.
So what’s the fuss about migrating to Magento 2. If the majority of the audience is not going for it, should you be planning for the upgrade?
With the help of this blog post, we are going to give you 5 reasons why you should hire a Magento team to upgrade your website from Magento 1.x to 2 right away.
Ready!! Let’s begin
1) November 18th, 2018 – End of life for Magento 1?
Magento has been consistently pointing towards this official to officially end support for Magento 1. An official confirmation also came from a senior engineer at Magento on Twitter followed by an official announcement at a Magento meet which further cemented this belief.
The world has every reason to believe that November 18th will be the end of life for Magento, however what does end of life really means.
To put it in a nutshell:
. You can still use your existing Magento 1 setup to run and manage your E-commerce business.
. There won’t be anymore updates or security patches provided by Magento. (This will mean your website might not be PCI compliant after a while.)
. There have been speculations that Magento connect for version 1 will shut down as well (Although, there is no official confirmation of the same).
While there is no one stopping you to keep using Magento 1 even after it is deprecated, these reasons should be enough for anyone to upgrade to Magento 2.
2) Magento 2 – Scalable, Faster and more secure
Magento 2 was built to bolster performance, scalability, security and User experience of Ecommerce stores. With Magento 2, they have managed to hit the nail on the head.
Magento 2 is way faster – for both frontend and backend as compared to Magento 1 due to it’s streamlined and robust interface.
It now features:
. Streamlined checkout
. Default Ajax Add to cart.
. Simplified admin navigation.
. Different database instances for Product, Checkout and Orders.
. Redesigned and much more practical dashboard.
. Simplified product upload process
. Built in testing tools.
. Built in support for RabbitMQ for easier 3rd party integrations.
3) Magento’s plans for version 2 – Upcoming updates
Magento 2 is the future of Magento – at least for the next half a decade. As of now it is stable, secure, effective and the recent roadmap shared by Magento for upcoming updates looks promising.
While updates like advanced reporting, Klarna payments integration, Dotmailer bundling, Bluefoot builder are some very tantalizing features, Magento’s plans to support Native PWA development is what makes it stand out of the competition.
This shows that Magento has great vision to reshape the Ecommerce industry utilizing Progressive Web Apps and can be one of the top reasons for merchants for upgrading to Magento 2.x
4) Utilizing the offseason for migration
The holiday season has just ended and there aren’t any major holidays before and after Feb 14th (valentines day). The peak holiday season which is the most productive lies whole year ahead.
The beginning of a year is a window that most clients consider as the time for upgrades, enhancements and experimentation to prepare their store for the holiday season. This doesn’t mean you have to close your store until the new store is ready.
An ideal Magento development team can setup a development server where all work will be done and as soon as things are ready to go live then the old website is replaced with the new one.
This means there is no loss of revenue generation and optimal time is available for development to get the webstore ready in Magento 2.
5) Discounted Magento 2 development rates:
While demands of experienced Magento 2 developers are steadily increasing, it has still not exploded as many would have imagined. There are only a handful of developers or Magento development teams which have worked on a lot of Magento 2 projects.
As of now, Magento developers don’t want to lose an opportunity of adding a Magento 2 project in their portfolio. Keeping this in mind, this is the ideal time for store owners to perform realistic negotiation and get the migration done at a reasonable price.
How long will this opportunity remain – Until the demand increases, which will happen really soon.
Upgradation to Magento 2 is inevitable and the features offered by Magento 2 can generate much larger opportunities and innovations to deliver amazing customer experiences through your Magento store.
What are your thoughts on Magento 2 upgrade? Let us know in the comments section below.
Akashdeep Sharma is a professional Magento developer at “The Brihaspati Infotech“, an e-commerce development company and likes to share his knowledge about latest advancement in the web world. He conjointly likes to share the researched information with the audience through partaking blogs.