In 2015 Magento 2 was shown. From this moment merchants start thinking about migrating to Magento 2. Magento 1 support will work till 2018. Magento won’t give up their customers but developers will fix critical errors and solving security problems only. After 2018 there will be no security patches. Magento 1 owners shouldn’t wait any technical upgrades or expansion of the functional. If you are out of this number, it is worth thinking about the transition to the second Magento
Why Magento will not be supported anymore?
Magento 1 is a quite old CMS. From 2008 Magento is a leader in eCommerce sphere, but it becomes outdated. In order to keep leadership the changes was needed. Moreover some features are far from ideal.
Of course if you are not planning to develop your webstore, advance features and modern technology of new Magento is not necessary and expensive. But those who want develop new functional features of website should think about migration.
Why should your store migrate to Magento 2?
Magento 1 owners can ask “why should we migrate to Magento 2?”. Magento 2 migration is labor intensive and requires monetary costs process. Are these advantages worth the effort?
Magento Inc. invests no more in Magento 1 development. It means that modern technologies will not be implement into previous version of CMS. In the nearest future it will not influen an average magento user. But if you plan ahead you should start thinking about migration.
Magento 2 migration looks like spending money for things that can’t be osbserv. You can ask Why should I restore website which works nice for some invisible preferences? In nearest future the main part of developers will go to Magento 2, that means the price of magento 1 development team will be rare and the price of site support will increase. If you count cost of migration and compare it with support price you’ll see that your investments are not wasting money but strategic step of business development.
The main problem of Magento 1 is the loading speed - Magento 1 is extremely slow.
In Magento 2 developers many issues of previous version was solved and improve modern technical solutions.
Magento 2 became the priority project. All new features will be produce for the newest version, and not be present in Magento 1 patches and updates. Magento 1 will be supported for bug fixing and security issues.
Because of absence of features updates the third-party developers concentrate their attention on Magento 2 extensions. The main part of extension development will shift to Magento 2. For Magento 1 websites it means no more new extensions and inability to keep in eCommerce trends.
In the new version, security has reached a new level in comparison with the old Magento.
In Magento 2 admin panel interface was improved. In Magento 1 admin panel was difficult for not professional users. Interface became more user friendly. It’s important for web store owners. Making edits became much easier and faster. All navigation located in the sidebar.
So what’s the catch?
Migration to Magento 2 is difficult process and you’ll face with different issues.
Magento development is technically difficult. If you want to migrate on Magento 2 you’ll need well-skilled magento development. To maintain all the functionality and implement the features of the second Magento. Skills received on the first Magento will be excellent tool for working with Magento 2.
The extensions of the first magento are not compatible with the second magento. To save all the existing functionality, you will need to install new modules for Magento 2. Now there is a huge number of extensions for Magento 2 so there will be no technical problems. But the process can take time and cost money.
Migrate or not migrate?
There is no need to migrate for some webstores. The available functionality is sufficient for successful web site performance. And the cost of migration may not be disregarded.
But for those who want develop their business and webstore Magento 2 migration is a must. It is better to think about the migration of the project before the end of the support and quietly transfer the functional and all extensions to Magento 2.