Sep 05, 2017

Magento 2 versus Magento 1 - all the features and benefits

Magento 2 is the latest version of the most popular e-commerce platform with over 200,000 retailers worldwide. It helps B2B and B2C businesses by providing shopping experiences, innovation opportunities for developers and flexibility. This article will look into the features and benefits of both Magento 2 and Magento 1.

About Magento 1

Magento 1 was built as a flexible platform and this is what made it stand out. Users can create stores with a variety of functions using pre-made extensions or by utilizing their coding chops. This is the great thing about a platform like Magento 1 and one of the reasons for its popularity early on.

Unfortunately, Magento 1’s flexibility didn’t make it the most user friendly when first launched due to a number of tools missing that every store needed, such as mobile responsiveness, admin capabilities and performance optimization.

There has also been much speculation and complaints about Magento 1 running slowly. Although Magento’s team of creators looked at ways to fix some of these issues and succeeded in fixing some of the problem areas they still couldn’t change the issue of its core speed. The Magento team decided to design an upgraded platform to solve all the issues: Magento 2.

About Magento 2

Magento 2 comes with a number of features that make it a better than the previous Magento 1. Compared to M1, M2 will now run an average of 20% faster than before, a faster site speed creates more sales and increases a websites search engine optimization.

M2 can now manage 10 million page views an hour compared to its predecessor M1 that can only process 200,000. At checkout, M2 can handle 50,000 orders an hour and M2 now handles 90,000 in the same time.

The platform now allows for full page caching built in. This means pages now load a lot faster than before, 1-2 seconds compared to the 5-10 seconds for non-caching pages. M2 can also better handle many catalogue pages without slowing down.

The checkout process in M2 has been changed and is now more streamlined, this makes it faster and easier for customers to go from the cart to complete their order. M2 is also highly customizable and requires a lot less steps and customer information. Reducing the checkout time helps in reducing abandoned carts and increasing conversions.

Features and benefits of Magento 2

  • New Structure
  • Secure Payments
  • Magento UI Library
  • Easier Maintenance and Upgrades
  • Administrative Improvements
  • Mobile Browsing Enhancements
  • Improved Product Creation
  • Product Videos
  • Enhanced Business Agility and Productivity
  • Hosting Environment Improvements
  • Improved Data View and Filtering
  • Data Safeguards
  • Better Code Quality Testing
  • Enterprise-grade Scalability and Performance
  • Improved Search
  • Engaging shopping Experiences
  • Improve Checkout
  • Open Flexible Architecture
  • Multi-Website, Multi-Store and Multi-Currency
  • Business Opportunities and Productivity Growth
  • PHP 7, CSS3, CSS Pre-processor, RequireJS, MySQL 5.6
  • Ajax Cart
  • Full Page Caching

Why move to Magento 2?

There are a lot of major benefits to Magento 2, performance is obviously the biggest one.

One main reason to switch to the new version is simply that technology and shopping habits have moved since 2008. iPhone was about a year old and the smartphone industry was in its early infancy, tablets were still a while off and connectivity speeds were 3G with many handsets still only 2G for mobile and around 3Mbps for fixed broadband.

Since 2008 there have been a number of big leaps in computer power, browsers, operating systems and languages with the likes of jQuery, HTML, PHP and CSS all that are now integral to Magento 2.

As well as increasing website speed, M2 has also increased website security with more secure payment gateways and much safer data storage practices for its clients and the users.

The main question that we get asked at Xigen is why move from M1 to M2 when we can do fine as we are? Xigen will show you all the reasons why this thought process is wrong and why it’s important to plan to switch to M2 in the near future.

Magento has said that their support for Magento 1 will end 3 years from when Magento 2 was initially released. This means that support will most likely end sometime around November 2018. With many extensions and features M2 has created and with many of them being free, there’s not a great deal of reason to stay on the M1 platform.

With the end date for support approaching and the question of cost for upgrading to M2 vs the cost of maintaining M1, now is the time to consider making the move and getting a plan in place. For any of you out there using M1, 2017 is the year to make good decisions for your business. It may appear like you have enough time, until November 2018, but the clock is ticking so it’s important you have a plan and allocate time to switch to M2 or even consider any other e-commerce platforms.

See if we can help

If you’re experiencing any issues and conflicts on Magento 1, get in touch with Xigen today about moving to Magento 2, we can guide you through any queries you may have and determine what will benefit your company by switching to Magento 2.

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