Magento has officially announced they will not begin end of support for Magento 1 in 2018, and support for the first-gen platform will not end through 2022 or beyond. Along with that statement, Magento has stated they will announce end of life support at least 18 months in advance of the sunset date. With this knowledge, merchants running on Magento 1 can rest easy that their technology roadmap will not need to be drastically altered in the near future. However, there are many benefits to migrating to Magento 2 that have become especially apparent as the platform matures and the market share of users grows.
What should Magento 1 Users Evaluate?
Though security patches and important updates will continue for Magento 1 users, that does not mean it will be where the innovation lies. Because of the open-source spirit of the fast-growing Magento, there is a large community of innovative developers that develop module enhancements for everything from sales, site optimizations, front-end upgrades, B2B capabilities and more. These developers are getting trained in Magento 2 by the droves, and the focus will be about building forward-facing innovations and functionalities for the newest version of Magento, Magento 2.
Web Solutions NYC will continue supporting our Magento 1 clients indefinitely and with top care and support, but we are undoubtedly excited about the opportunities and potential that Magento 2 can provide. That’s why we have spent the last year refining and perfecting our re-platforming services, to make sure that for our clients and new clients the move to Magento 2 is a headache-free process.
You don’t just have to take our word for it, there are proven, tangible enhancements to Magento 2 that can help your brand gain competitive advantage, procure more customers, and stay relevant in the whirlwind of fast-moving trends in online retail:
Deliver excellent customer buying experiences anywhere across the globe, with increased site load speeds of 1-2 seconds and 30% more orders processed per minute.
Support growing teams with more concurrent admins privileges. Customer database flexibility and scalability for optimized performance in peak load times such as holiday.
51% faster “guest checkout” response time and 36% faster customer checkout response time.
Customized shopper experiences and responsive design that drive sales on any device for a true omnichannel experience.
Efficient handling of large order volume, robust catalogs and customer lists.
The Magento 2 Migration Process
There is no way to automate the migration of data, product and customers to Magento 2. Because of architecture improvements in the new system, the migration will need a human touch. Fear not, this does not have to mean downtime or extensive manual hours for your team. The four essential components of a Magento 1 to Magento 2 migration process, or migration from another system are:
Theme Migration (or re-build if migrating from third-party)