Magento 1 Vs 2: Let the Battle Commence

Magento 1 Vs 2: Let the Battle Commence

Andy Holland

Is it about time you made the switch from Magento 1 to 2? In a hotly debated subject across the community, many are left none the wiser when making this tricky decision.

With the launch of Magento 2 there’s certainly plenty of hype around this latest version. But does it stand up to the mark in terms of performance, ease of use and formatting attributes? While many are still sitting on the fence, we’ve chosen to give a comprehensive guide on this switching process. Here’s three of most common questions answered. As everyone’s circumstances are different, this may affect whether you choose to take the leap.

When should I consider upgrading?

There’s really no rush to upgrade for those of you who are currently enjoying the benefits of Magento 1; that is a strong performing site with plenty of sales coming through and good conversions. As long as you’re not using an outdated version – anything before 1.13 EE or 1.8 CE – then you can carry on as normal.

However, it is worth taking some time to explore Magento 2, even if that requires a quick meeting with your solution partner. Putting in some basic plans for the future can’t hurt.

Otherwise, if you are currently facing performance issues and are getting bogged down with 3rd party extensions, this could be your perfect opportunity to switch. A little investment in Magento 2 can go a long way!

How easy or stressful is the transition?

Without sugar coating it, the move to Magento 2 won’t be an easy one. Sure, there’s a migration tool to help move across all your data but that doesn’t include theme and code customisations. All of these will have to be completely redone from scratch.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, is it?! While there may be a little investment needed for this visual and functional makeover, it can allow for some all-important improvements. You can re-think of new and more efficient ways of doing things. Or maybe you can make adjustments to improve user experience, as well as remove some of that unnecessary legacy code.

Do I really need to upgrade?

As mentioned, there’s no need to make the switch right now but eventually you will have to. Although older versions will be supported for the next few years, that’s not always going to be the case. Why not get established on this new framework before most and get to grips with some of the impressive benefits?

Staying ahead of the competition and keeping up to date with the latest technology requires a level of flexibility. Unfortunately, that means leaving behind a tried and tested way of working in favour of change. Magento 2 promises to make a positive impact and is clearly far more advanced than its predecessor.

That said, Magento 2 triumphs in this battle, so which side would you prefer to be on – that of the winner or loser?