Entrepreneurs Told to Shift to Magento 2.0 in Two Years

Entrepreneurs Told to Shift to Magento 2.0 in Two Years

Magento 1, the e-commerce platform which has been replaced by Magento 2 since 2015, will remain operational until 2020. This was announced by the California-based company which has been recently bought by Adobe.  The announcement means entrepreneurs who are still using Magento 1.0 will have two years to make the transition to Magento 2.

Magento 2.0 popularity

Magento 2 has been around for more than three years yet many webstore owners are still reluctant to try it. This is quite surprising given that the newer version has brought many fundamental changes to the e-commerce platform. These improvements have boosted Magento not only in terms of performance but also on a technological level.

Advantages of Magento 2

Magento 1 obviously has limited functionalities compared to the newer version. Magento 2.0 comes with numerous improvements like:

  • Faster loading time which can affect website traffic and minimize abandoned carts
  • Superior security through different payment gateways
  • New business to business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) features
  • More responsive platform that can be operational or accessible from any device
  • Admin panel which is more user-friendly
  • More flexibility in features and extension updates

Disadvantages of shifting to Magento 2.0

Despite these advantages, Magento 2.0 also has some drawbacks.  This could explain why many entrepreneurs are still reluctant to move their stores to the new platform. Some of the drawbacks are:

  • Extra expenses to be incurred by store owners particularly on web development.  A website on the platform can’t be migrated without developers making the necessary adjustments like building of extensions
  • Building of new themes
  • Time-consuming process
  • Some extensions from the original platform will disappear
  • SEO and indexing concerns that may affect website performance

While there are many concerns that Magento users have with Magento 2.0, the good news is that they still have two more years to iron things out before Magento 1.0 is finally shut down.