Is It Time For An Upgrade?
With less than a year to go until Magento 1 end of life is here, you may have started to think about what your website should be doing next. Magento have already stipulated what will happen to your website after June 2020 if your website is left untouched. You can find out all about it here.
To make sure that your website remains secure and continues to perform as expected you should consider replatforming to Magento 2.
Why Choose Magento 2?
Magento 2 boasts even more functionality than Magento 1, with exceptional new additions like Magento Enterprise Cloud (which is already rivalling some of the big boys such as SalesForce Commerce Cloud).
Here are our top 5 favourite features:
- Open and flexible architecture – the new Magento architecture provides flexibility to bring your ideal commerce experience to fruition.
- Engaging shopping experiences – Magento 2 allows you to create unique user experiences. This means you can create a seamless and personal experience on any device suited to the individual customer needs.
- Secure Payment Gateways – Magento 2 has built-in integration with payment gateways like PayPal, Braintree, and Authorize.net to name a few. This makes it even easier to setup and manage your payment gateway.
- Upgrading core files and modules – Upgrading the core files and modules is now even easier with PHP based dimensions management using composer. Composers ensure that all components are maintained within each version. Using just one command, its third party gets updated.
- Migration Tool – Migrating to M2 doesn’t have to mean a whole new website design. Magento 2 features a migration tool that helps migrate from Magento 1.9 to Magento 2.0 easily. By using this tool, you can easily import shop settings, customers, catalogs, and categories across to your new Magento 2 site.
Are You Ready To Upgrade?
Now you know some of the extra benefits of upgrading to Magento 2, are you ready to make the move? Migrating across to Magento 2 should have minimal impact on your business. The new Magento 2 site should have its own development version. This will allow you to test it thoroughly alongside your existing Magento website. This means downtime will be minimised. Once you’ve approved the Magento 2 version a simple switch over will take place to get the Magento 2 site live.
Taking The next Step
So you think Magento 2 is for you, what should you do now? With less than a year to go until Magento 1 reaches its end of life, it’s time to start talking with Magento specialists.
Magento 2 has been around since 2015, however it is still considered a relatively new platform and many agencies don’t yet have experience working with it. Sentient are a Magento Solutions Partner, which means Magento trust us with building websites on their platform.
If you’ve got a site that you’d like us to migrate to Magento 2 for you why not drop us an email or give us a call. We will look forward to talking with you.