Magento 2 Upgrade: Is It Really Necessary?
In recent years, we have seen an incessant increase in the number of Magento 2 upgrade, especially when Magento announced that they might stop supporting Magento 1 three years after publishing Magento 2. Turning back to 2015, Magento 2’s first version was released with a lot of bugs and there were just a few themes and extensions for it. Therefore, at that time most of us doubted its stability and some even considered it to be one of the junkiest ecommerce platforms.
However, Magento has released plenty of Magento 2 versions with noticeable improvements and enhancements since then (lately Magento 2.2.4), which makes the ecommerce industry have to change its initial negative views.
Now, it’s undoubted that more and more people are migrating Magento 1 to Magento 2; nevertheless, many store owners still hesitate to conduct Magento 2 upgrade. Here are some reasons that they often make:
- Firstly, they think that their current Magento 1 store is running well and Magento 2 upgrade is needless.
- Secondly, Magento 2 migration forces us to build a new design from the scratch while the store wants to maintain the design that is familiar to their customers.
- Thirdly, it takes a lot of time to migrate Magento 1 to Magento 2, which might affect the operation of the store.
- Fourthly, the firm might have to invest a large budget for their Magento site migration.
- Fifthly, it might be difficult to find a prestigious Magento development company to help them implement Magento 2 upgrade.
Actually, the above reasons are not totally true or wrong. Here is why I say that:
For the first reason, it’s undeniable that there are an array of Magento 1 stores equipped with modern functions and appealing design. Without Magento migration, their sites still have a smooth performance and are able to provide the good user experience for their buyers.
Notwithstanding, if those e-businesses go for Magento 2, what they might get is even more.
It has been proved that compare to the previous versions, Magento 2 delivers better performance, cleaner admin interface, more mobile-friendly design with responsiveness by default. In addition, the shoppers will enjoy faster checkout and more convenient product add-to-cart function With Ajax integration. In short, the Magento 2 migration process can make your “best” Magento 1 website become “better”.
For the second reason, it’s true that we can’t continue using the old Magento theme for the new site and have to create an absolutely new design.
The thing is that it’s possible to create a Magento 2 design that looks the same as your old one!
Especially, if the stores still keep the PSD files of their current storefront, they can take it to help to clone the existing website easier.
Apart from that, in my opinion, Magento 2 upgrade gives us a great opportunity to improve the design and bring freshness to the customers. Most of the shoppers now are excited about new things and willing to accept your new website appearance as long as it’s well-designed.
For the third reason, it indeed takes time to migrate Magento site, from one to three months on average.
Nonetheless, the Magento 2 upgrade is separated with your current site operation. More specifically, you will have to develop a new website based on Magento 2 on the development server first. Then, after completing the migration with thorough testings, you can move everything from the development site to the live site.
The whole migration process has no negative effect on the existing website. In other words, you can still run the Magento 1 store as usual while upgrading to Magento 2 “on the backstage”.
For the fourth reason, it’s obvious that Magento 2 migration might be costly even when the store owners can do it themselves. We would need to buy a new theme and extensions for Magento 2. It’s worth noting that there is no Magento 1 modules and plugins that are compatible with Magento 2; you have to rebuy all of them to install on the new site.
In case that the stores have no choice but using Magento migration service, “shaking hand” with an offshore Magento development company might be a good idea. In general, the Magento migration cost that you have to pay for an outsourcing Magento agency is just a half of the amount charged by a firm in US, UK or Australia. The reason that leads to this huge price gap is simply the difference in the labor cost among regions; hence, you don’t need to worry much about the quality of your outsourcing project.
For the final reason, it’s not difficult at all to find a reliable Magento ecommerce development company to work with. However, if you are looking for a professional agency that offers affordable Magento migration cost and quality services, Tigren appears as one of the first choices.
They have a wealth of expertise in Magento development and Magento 2 migration in particular. Most of their dedicated Magento developers have more than 3-4 years of experience in Magento on average. In addition, they provide 3-month Free support after delivering the final website to make sure that their clients are totally satisfied with the project.
Now, you can contact Tigren by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get a Free Quotation.
All things considered, Magento 2 upgrade evidently might bring about a wide range of benefits for the ecommerce stores although it takes our time, money and effort. It gives you a perfect chance to level up your store’s both look and feel.
If I were you, I will prepare my budget, seek a good partner and migrate my store to Magento 2 as soon as possible before all of my competitors do!