Magento 2.0 was officially released in December 2015 and represents a significant step up over the previous version. It has been out for a while now, and many online retailers are taking advantage of its more robust design and easier-to-administer nature. However, some Magento store owners are still using the old version and are, consequently, missing out on a lot.
Here are some of the noticeable differences between the two (and the reasons why you should upgrade from 1.x to 2.0):
Ease of maintenance/development
Magento 1.x is notorious for the steep learning curve and complexity of its code. The newer version, though, is much more newbie friendly, thanks to a drag-and-drop builder support. It’s also much easier to administer and manage, as they have changed the administration interface drastically.
Newest framework/language support
Magento 1.x doesn’t support new frameworks/languages, while Magento 2.0 supports the latest versions of PHP (5.5 and 5.4), HTML (5), and CSS (3.3). It also supports the Symfony framework, which is a very powerful PHP development tool.
Checkout process optimization
When someone wants to check out on a Magento 1.x store, they have to sign up for an account. Also, the checkout process itself is about six steps long – all of which results in huge shopping cart abandonment rates. With the latest version, they have reduced the checkout to just two steps. They have also enabled guest purchasing.
The most significant improvement is the performance. In older version of the platform, only businesses that chose to pay for the enterprise package received page caching support. That meant that it took almost 5 seconds and even more for a page to load. With the latest release, though, full page caching support is available for all stores, which allows them to load in just 2 to 3 seconds!
The newer version also has fewer bugs, it is mobile-friendly, and much more secure than it used to be – so it’s a necessity that you upgrade as soon as possible. If you hire an eCommerce development team who has experience with migration, you will be able to upgrade to the new release without losing business or valuable data.