Magento officials have announced that they will extend the support for Magento 1 sites till June 2020. Till that time, Quality fixes and security patches will be available and beyond that, the Magento support will retire.
If your store runs on Magento 1, migrating to Magento 2 is recommended to ensure smooth site performance. Simple data, code migration, minor customizations and adding third-party extensions and integrations (ERP, CRM, PIM) might take significant time for a full-fledged closure. So, it is highly recommended to upgrade to Magento 2 to prevent your site from getting affected.
Benefits of Magento 2 Migration
Migrating the Magento 1 site to Magento 2 site is necessary to up your game. This migration will greatly help store owners leverage on the latest features and added benefits of Magento 2. Here’s a list of features and benefits.
1. Magento 2.3.3 release
Magento has released the 2.3.3 version. This latest version is bundled with upgrades, security changes, payment compliance, 170 functional fixes and 75+ security enhancements. Also this version holds enhancements contributed by 200+ developers from the Magento Developers community.
Read more: Major updates of Magento 2.3.3 release
2. Scalability and simplified checkout
Magento 2 is compatible with add-ons, extension, and third-party integration tools which makes it easy for customization. Magento 2 is highly scalable that makes it a go-to option for both B2B and B2C businesses. In particular, more than 50,000 orders can be processed per hour. The checkout process can be simplified to just two steps. Automatic email recognition and guest user checkout etc., are added benefits.
3. Faster page load times
Magento 2 helps achieve faster page loading times i.e, less than 3 seconds. Considering the short attention span of customers, quick page loads can significantly improve conversion. Built-in systems like Varnish Cache, Ajax, Full Page Cache helps in faster page loading and the capability to tackle multiple page views and orders.
4. Flexibility and personalization
Magento 2 is mobile-friendly and web stores built on Magento 2 can work seamlessly across various devices with different screen sizes. In short, Magento 2 is flexible and suitable for all platforms. Magento 2 allows you to up-sell, cross-sell and provide personalized discounts. It helps add new payment methods effortlessly. Content personalization is also made easy to win more customers.
5. Easy admin controls
Magento 2 has a simpler admin panel and includes new features like filter options, Ajax loading, attribute configurations, product video addition etc., The dashboard provides all key business intelligence data like top search terms, order history, most popular products, in one place.
Here are the basic requirements to migrate from Magento 1 to 2.
- MySQL 5.6 or MariaDB 10.0 or Percona 5.7
- PHP 7.0.13 or higher
- HP extensions requirements – ctype, bc-math, curl, json, gd, intl, mcrypt, mbstring, hash, iconv, soap, spl, PDO/MySQL libxml, xsl and zip.
Migrating to Magento 2 involves a series of steps and best practices as prescribed from the Magento Developer’s community.
Here is a detailed step-by-step migration plan that can ensure a safe and secure move from Magento 1 to 2
If your store is operating on Magento 1, it’s better to migrate before the support ends. Our Magento experts can help plan your move.