How magento 2 is playing messiah to the ecommerce sector?
In an age where eCommerce tends to take away the entire spotlight, businesses seemingly rely more and more on an eCommerce system that is as flexible as possible. Especially with the growing number of startups in the eCommerce Sector, who stand to compete with the standards set by the likes of Amazon and eBay, it becomes almost mandatory to choose the best available platform out there to meet the dynamic needs of an eCommerce System.
With major characteristics like expandability, scalability and flexibility, and a market share of more than 30% among the top 30 most popular eCommerce Platforms, the statistics itself define the high potential Magento holds within. Build solely for eCommerce, unlike Wordpress which has focused on rather addition of eCommerce Plugins, Magento offers an easy to use framework, great 3rd party support, highly customizable options and is open source (even after eBay bought Magento).
As if that was not enough to go drooling over, enter the new and improved Magento 2. From a never ending list of features and benefits from Magento, Magento 2 just took the game on to the next level.
The basic, first look advantages include-
- Visual Admin Panel control
- Cheaper to upgrade
- 20% faster performance
- More secure
- It’s own UI Library to ease front-end development
- Uses jQuery instead of Prototype
- Advanced flexibility and customization options
So, coming to the question of whether you should actually migrate to Magento 2 or not, let’s make the decision easier for you. If you are using any other eCommerce platform, the best time to shift to Magento 2 was yesterday. And if you’re using Magento 1 right now, and are having serious performance issues, along with a number of 3rd party extensions installed, now would be good time to plan for a migration. Especially since the support for Magento 1 would end up by 2018.
Going further, the backend admin is easier to use for non-technical users, with the visual look and the presence of a new file structure brings in lots of support for the module developers.
Adding New Product
Magento 2 also integrates much easily with popular payment gateways including PayPal; and to make things creamy, it is faster, much faster than any eCommerce system you have seen till date.
Now to the bitter part. Magento 2 is costly (approximately $22,000/year as compared to $18,000/year for Magento 1) and much more difficult to integrate with. Though installing Magento 2 has become easier now with its standalone installer, Magento 1 themes cannot be ported, so you’ll have to build a new theme from scratch, though the data (customer records, inventory & customer data etc) can be imported with ease.
And when we say that the extensions from Magento 1 will not be transferable, rather than sulking, it should provide the developers with a chance to re-think on some new ideas and get a chance to improve the overall experience of their website. And even if you aren’t of the sort expecting to make changes soon, in due time all the extensions from Magento 1 will be made available for Magento 2, though they’ll still have to be repurchased.
Love it or hate it, Magento 2 is here to stay no matter what, especially with the wonderful legacy Magento 1 had set forth earlier.