Why you should switch to Magento 2 in 2019

Magento 2 has been around for quite a few years, but due to the potential headaches of migrating – from leaving behind customised features and themes to learning new dashboards and processes – many businesses are still using Magento 1 for their eCommerce sites. But with Magento announcing that they will no longer support Magento 1 from June 2020, businesses can no longer put off migrating.

However, that doesn’t mean switching to Magento 2 should feel like something you’re forced into. Magento 2 has many optimisations and improvements over Magento 1 that can have real benefits for your business. Here are just a few reasons why you should make the move in 2019.

Performance Improvements

Magento 2 is a technically superior platform to its predecessor, thanks to a number of under-the-hood improvements. The new software is optimised for PHP 7, which represents a significant improvement on Magento 1’s outdated PHP 5.6. It also features native support for HTTP accelerators and comes with Ajax Cart (software that uses JavaScript to prevent your whole page reloading when a customer adds an item to their cart) built in as standard.

All of this means Magento 2 can load pages twice as fast as Magento 1, while add-to-cart speeds and order handling capabilities are also doubled.

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Updated Interface

Magento 2 comes complete with an attractive, easy-to-use dashboard that makes managing your business a breeze. You can view all of your essential data on a single page, which can also be customised for each administrative user depending on their needs.

On the management side of things, Magento 2 has also made product creation easier by introducing a step-by-step tool, and now supports useful new merchandising features like embedded YouTube and Vimeo videos.

Customer-friendly

The snappier speeds of Magento 2 and the inclusion of modern features like Ajax will no doubt be noticed by your customers too, as they find themselves able to navigate your site quickly and conveniently. Other customer-friendly additions include in-site PayPal and Braintree checkouts (no more clicking through to a separate site), and the advanced search engine Elasticsearch.

Optimised for Devices

Magento 2 is more mobile-friendly, both for administrators and customers. On the management side, the new dashboard has been optimised for use with a tablet, making managing your eCommerce site more simple and flexible than ever before.

For customers, meanwhile, the improved front end makes shopping from a mobile device significantly easier – a vital feature given that mobile devices are now the source of more than half of all online transactions.

How to Migrate

Migration is a big operation, requiring plenty of careful thinking. Understanding the implications of migrating, what you can keep and what you will lose, is important before making the decision. Luckily, experienced web developers can help make the whole process run a lot smoother, handling all of the difficult technical work of migration so that you can get on with running your business. If you’re thinking of switching in 2019, get in touch with Net Efficiency today to find out how we can help.