M1 end of life. What does this mean for you?

Since its release in 2015, Magento 2 has proved to be a huge improvement over its predecessor, Magento 1 in many ways.

How will it affect my site?

The end of life of Magento 1 means no more updates, and no more security. By not having access to security updates, it means it is time to think about moving. By not having the latest security patches applied will make your store vulnerable and at risk, leaving your store vulnerable to hackers.

Any new merchant considering Magento will automatically opt for Magento 2, but for thousands of merchants currently using Magento 1 they are now approaching a point where the decision of whether to move to Magento 2 is becoming inevitable.

If your store is operating on Magento 1, then now is the opportunity to begin planning a migration for the future of your store. Support is still available for a year and half, but it is advisable to start planning your migration.

Migrating to Magento 2 needent sound scary, with is will come benefits of new features, modules, improves security and enhanced performance. Moving to Magento 2 will you you the opportunity to plan a completely new site and will allow you to transform and modernise your brand, from design, to content and creating a world class UX for your customers, helping you to convert and grow.

Whilst you don’t need to rush into migrating to Magento 2 with urgency, retailers should bear in mind that replatforming takes time therefore it is wise to start looking into what you want to achieve from your new store. Moving your site will take time and it will inevitably be a large project. From front-end work, advanced back end code, full site design as well as Project and Account management.

We have chosen our top 5 reasons to choose Magento 1 to Magento 2 now to help you make that decision…

1. Performance & security improvements

Ecommerce is a fiercely competitive area, customers have little patience for sites that load slow and where a competitor exists, customers will by in large simply not accept a unresponsive eCommerce site. Therefore it is critical that any modern site performs well and provides fast and reliable interactions.

Magento 2 has made a lot of improvements aimed towards improving performance and ensure that Magento 2 meets the needs of merchants.

Full page cache using varnish Improved indexing performance Latest PHP version support Database optimisation Security Better payment methods

2. Admin UX and feature improvements

The admin interface has had a complete overhaul in Magento 2 providing much needed improvements and making it a more friendly and intuitive place to manage the application. The improvements make working here more efficient for store owners.

General UX has been improved along with many new features that reduce the need for developer intervention in adapting layouts and grids to meet needs. For example, the ability to add new columns to grids was once a task that required bespoke development and can now be fully controlled by admin users.

3. Continued Innovation

Magento is continuing to innovate with Magento 2 – new features are being added at an impressive rate with regular release schedules providing several new features bundled in with security improvements, bug fixes and performance improvements. Generally we see a large release every quarter

Latest releases have provided new features such as: Native Klarna Checkout Naive Dotmailer Elasticsearch Amazon Pay Single Click Checkout

4. Future Proofing

We see only critical bug and security fixes being released by Magento for Magento 1 and therefore maintaining a modern and competitive Magento 1 application is becoming either impossible or costly for Magento 1 retailers.

As of June 2020, Magento 1 will officially become end of life and will no longer see critical bug and security fixes either.

5. Lower upgrade and maintenance costs

Merchants will know only too well of the problems that Magento 1 version upgrades can cause and the associated development costs and impacts to the business due to issues arising from troublesome upgrades.

Magento 2 has significantly improved the upgrade process between m2 version, lowering the time, risk and costs for upgrades. This is due to changes in the architecture, improved vetting and guidelines for community modules and to the addition of comprehensive automated testing throughout the application.

Digital Boutique’s clients appreciate the value that we bring with more than eight years experience in developing and managing Magento sites. We take pride in our work and our outstanding customer care, meaning that your store will always be looked after and supported by a team of Magento experts.

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