There are over 240,000 shops using Magento 1.x.  After the release of Magento 2 most of the Magento merchants expressed the same thought – Why should we move from Magento 1 to Magento 2?

Magento 2 – An Irresistible Digital Commerce Solution

All good software platforms continue to evolve based on the changing business needs. Magento 1 is a successful eCommerce platform. In fact it is #1 PLATFORM IR TOP 1000 – 2015 and #1 PLATFORM IR B2B 300 – 2015.

Magento 2 is the next natural step in the evolution. It has been designed to overcome some of the key challenges in Magento 1.

1. Modernized Technology Stack 

Magento 2 has upgraded the minimum versions of the technology stack. This means for e.g. that PHP 5.5 is the minimum version supported. Likewise MySQL 5.6, HTML5, CSS3 are now standard.

2. Better Performance and Scalability

The most important feature of Magento 2 is the built-in full page cache. This FPC supports varnish as back-end.

The load time for the home, product and category pages on the first view will be fast (less than 1.5 sec per page) and faster when the cache is enabled (less than 0.75 sec per page).

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Magento 2.0 is also compatible with varnish 4, and the HHVM 3.6 which enables to compile PHP code on the fly. Magento 2 will be faster than Magento 1 because there’s a lot more front-end stuff that gets pre-compiled or done with AJAX in Magento 2.

It is possible to do database sharing by functional area. (i.e.) the product information is stored in a different DB server and this retrieves product information faster for users who are browsing for that information.

On the other hand, check out information can be stored in another DB server, making check out process smooth and seamless.This enables scaling.

3. Pages Load Faster

Magento 1.x need dozens of JS to be loaded just to build a single page. This has been reduced in Magento 2 making the page load faster.

JavaScript management has been improved with the move from prototype JS to JQuery and Require JS. JavaScript Bundling has also been implemented to reduce the page load time. 

4. Smooth Customization

The code base has been re-structured so that everything specific to a module resides under a single directory for that module. Magento 2 now uses the defacto PHP package manager, Composer (https://getcomposer.org/), to manage the installation of modules.

The business logic and presentation logic have also been separated so that it is easy to customize and maintain customization even when product patches are installed. 

5. Seamless Integration of Third Party Modules

Magento 2 has published well-defined APIs that serve as interface to modules.

This ensures that code changes within the module do not affect external modules and vice versa. This helps in customizing and enhancing the modules.

6. Clean, Modern Code Base 

The bad and legacy code is removed in Magento 2. There’s no easy way to leave the non-optimized code in place for Magento 2 sites.

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7. Easier Installations and Upgrades

Magento 2 has been designed to make installing patches and upgrades easier.  This greatly helps merchants because it is important for them to keep upgrading to the latest versions in order to enjoy the latest product features and functionalities. Easier installations also enables smooth installations of security patches improving site security.

8. Minimizes Testing Efforts

Magento 2 has been developed  using modern automated test strategies. This means that developers can now write test cases to ensure that the customizations they have done has not broken any of the core functionalities .

Now functional testing can be done using Magento Test Framework (MTF).  MTF is an open source cross-platform solution (that is, does not depend on a specific operating system).  MTF enables you to quickly develop functional tests for the Magento application. These tests can be performed at any time. You can run a single test independently, many tests together (that is, a test suite), or you can run all available tests.

MTF minimizes the effort of user interaction testing. 

Now is the Time to Migrate

Merchants are embracing Magento 2 and if you are looking to stay at the top of your game, NOW is the time to do the upgrade.

It is best to go with Magento 2 trained Solution Partners and who have Magento Certified Developers in the migration team.Such partners understand the complexities and intricacies of migrating from Magento 1.x to Magento 2.

If you are considering Magento 2, let us know, we will be happy to guide you through the next steps.  Our team will be in Imagine 2016 and you are welcome to discuss your ideas and pick our brains.

References –  Magento 2 Primer: Getting Stuff Done with Magento 2 by Alan Kent

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