2015 was a big year for Magento as they released their next-generation platform: Magento 2. Some merchants took this as a sign to leave and try re-platforming on other e-commerce solutions like BigCommerce and Shopify Plus. But many stayed on Magento 1 with a plan to migrate to Magento 2 later on. The time to do this move is coming close as the end of support for Magento 1 ends in 2020. If you still haven’t decided on making the big move, this article will help you clear the air and show why you should start the process now.
Risks of staying on Magento 1
It doesn’t take a lot of expertise these days to know that when support ends on a platform, it is soon going to be unusable for its original purpose. So what are the specific risks you will face starting June 2020?
You’re on your own with bugs
As Magento 1 becomes outdated you will not be able to get any more support for your store. Every bug in the function of BE and FE will stay as they are, and you will have to deal with them alone.
The platform’s security level will freeze, and your shop will be prone to security breaches. Therefore, your store can be easily hacked or shut down. The same goes for your servers.
No more updates on modules
As the platform becomes outdated, the same will happen to all your modules working on Magento 1. Naturally, all development will move its focus to Magento 2 and its modules and extensions, neglecting the previous versions.
Outdated technology stack
Magento 1 was a miracle in its heydays in 2008. In 2019 it is already slow, outdated and glitchy. After 2020, it will become practically unusable.
Reasons to migrate to Magento 2
If you’ve been satisfied with Magento 1, the same, and even better, awaits you on Magento 2. Many new features have been added to help you boost your sales. You can look forward to better performance of the new system, boosted SEO, more user-friendly administration, full-page caching, etc.
Magento 2 can handle much more SKU than Magento 1. Thanks to full-page caching, Magento 2 can handle around 10 million page views per hour instead of the 200,000 that were possible on Magento 1.
Magento 2 has a new and improved checkout system which was developed to facilitate better conversion rates as your customers don’t have to wait for order confirmation.
Modules for Magento 2 were made cheaper to integrate than those for Magento 1. The installation time needed for the basic modules is considerably lower than it was in Magento 1 which brings down your costs of development and setup.
The time for migration is NOW
Even now in 2019, there are thousands of stores still running on Magento 1 and there is a limited number of Magento 2 developers to support this huge market. If you have a large store running Magento 1 and want to migrate it to Magento 2, it could take anywhere from 2 to 12 months. The migration does not only mean moving your theme, products and other data. You have to migrate everything including your ERP and any integrations. If you start the process too late, you run the risk of not having your store up and running on schedule and will have to face the above mentioned risks.
Check our article on how to prepare for migration to Magento 2 to get a head start.
Magento 2 in the forefront of eCommerce
Magento 2 is great because, even for large eshops, it offers a less complex platform. This means it is easier to use and maintain, while still offering stability, security, and it supports large traffic and scaling. It is one of the leaders in the Gartner magic quadrant, proving its power and quality.
If you are set on migrating now but need some help, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Beecom. We are passionate about Magento and have created solutions and our own unique platform to make this transition as easy as possible for you. Get in touch and join our community!