Magento development officials have announced that they will extend the support for Magento 1 sites till June 2020. Till that time, Quality fixes and security patches will be available and beyond that, the Magento support will retire.

If your store runs on Magento 1, migrating to Magento 2 is recommended to ensure smooth site performance. While migrating, you have to consider the timelines. Simple data, code migration, minor customizations and adding third-party extensions and integrations (ERP, CRM, PIM) might take significant time for a full-fledged closure. So, it is highly recommended to upgrade to Magento 2 to prevent your site from getting affected even if Magento stops Magento 1 support.

Benefits of Magento 2 Migration

Once Magento 1 support stops, migrating the Magento 1 site to Magento 2 site is necessary to up your game. This migration will greatly help store owners leverage on the latest features and added benefits of Magento 2. Here’s a list of features and benefits.

1. Magento 2.3 release

Magento has released the 2.3.0 version that has several new features and enhancements including Multi-Source Inventory (MSI), Progressive Web Apps (PWA), Page Builder, Elasticsearch updates, faster import/export, PHP 7.2 support, Google reCAPTCHA, Two Factor Authentication (2FA), GraphQL, Declarative DB Schema, Asynchronous Web API, RabbitMQ, Cache management and CMS enhancements.

Read more: What’s new in Magento 2.3.1 release?

2. Scalability and simplified checkout

Magento 2 is compatible with add-ons, extension, and third-party integration tools which makes it easy for customization. Whether you need the platform for B2B or B2B, Magento 2 is scalable. In particular, more than 50,000 orders can be processed per hour. The checkout process can be simplified to just two steps. Automatic email recognition and guest user checkout etc., are added benefits.

3. Faster page load times

Magento 2 help achieve faster page loading times i.e, less than 3 seconds. Considering the short attention span of customers, quick page loads can significantly improve conversion. Built-in systems like Varnish Cache, Ajax, Full Page Cache helps in faster page loading and the capability to tackle multiple page views and orders.

4. Flexibility and personalization

Magento 2 is mobile-friendly and web stores built on Magento 2 can work seamlessly across various devices with different screen sizes. In short, Magento 2 is flexible and suitable for all platforms. Magento 2 allows you to up-sell, cross-sell and personalized discounts. It helps add new payment methods effortlessly. Content personalization is also made easy to win more customers.

5. Easy admin controls

Magento 2 has a simpler admin panel and includes new features like filter options, Ajax loading, attribute that can be configured, product video addition etc., The dashboard provides all key business intelligence data like top search terms, order history, most popular products, in one place.

Here are the basic requirements to migrate from Magento 1 to 2.

Software requirements

  1. MySQL 5.6 or MariaDB 10.0 or Percona 5.7
  2. PHP 7.0.13 or higher
  3. HP extensions requirements – ctype, bc-math, curl, json, gd, intl, mcrypt, mbstring, hash, iconv, soap, spl, PDO/MySQL libxml, xsl and zip.

Hardware requirements will be dependent on the expected scale of performance of the website.

Migrating to Magento 2 involves a series of steps and best practices as prescribed from the Magento Developer’s community.

Here is a detailed step-by-step migration plan that can ensure a safe and secure move from Magento 1 to 2

If your store is operating on Magento 1, it’s better to migrate before the support ends. Our Magento experts can help plan your move.