Magento has long been a firm eCommerce favourite; supporting online stores around the world, it has served us well since the dawn of time (or at least since Magento arrived eight years ago). But it’s not enough to rest on our laurels; there’s always going to be someone waiting in the wings to raise the bar, which means embracing change when it comes, and accommodating it. In this case, with the creation and release of Magento 2! Our new whitepaper delves deep into what you can expect from the new incarnation and what to do next.
Since Magento – the incredibly popular eCommerce platform – arrived in 2008 the eCommerce world has evolved massively, and so has the way shoppers interact with it (mobile, we’re looking at you here).
When Magento 2 shimmied onto the scene late last year, with the aim of getting back in line with how the original team envisioned the offering, there was much fanfare but, understandably, also a bit of confusion from potential users.
While the changes mean potentially amazing things for the future of eCommerce, and huge improvements for both the vendor and end-customer experience, first comes the awkward bit of upgrading and getting to grips with what’s different.
Here are six of the main functionality differences between M1 and M2 to get you started:
- Performance and hosting – M2 introduces Enterprise-level performance and scalability as standard. With PHP 7 and Varnish support for full-page caching, the platform doubles page load speed, giving both merchants and customers a slicker Magento experience. These opportunities can be unlocked by working closely with your hosting provider.
- Admin – From improved out-of-the-box capabilities to a reorganisation of the backend functionality, the user experience has been upgraded significantly in the new version.
- Upgrades – Upgrading is just going to be loads easier, without many of the issues that plagued the process for M1 users.
- Customisation – M2’s web API provides the framework to use web services that communicate with the Magento system. This fulfils one of the platform’s key requirements; the need for it to accommodate easier integration of the various third-party services (such as accounting software) that couldn’t be built in, yet are vital to eCommerce.
- Development Capabilities – The new development capabilities are more modern, flexible, and more representative.
- Community/Enterprise – You lucky lot get enterprise-level performance as standard with M2.
The whitepaper provides more info on each of these points and the other benefits on offer – including increased security and improved training resources – and loads more, like what the impact of these changes will be. It also talks about the next step – how and when to upgrade; no nonsense, practical advice for Magento users!
It’s important to work with your hosting provider from beginning to end of the M2 switching process, to make sure you get the most out of the updates and the transition is as smooth as possible – ain’t nobody got time for bad transitions.
Download the ‘What Can I Expect from Magento 2?’ whitepaper for the full insights.