Reason 1. Magento 1 has reaches end-of-life
Official support for Magento 1 will cease by June 2020. Sites that remain on this platform will open themselves to greater risk and growing performance issues, resulting in decreasing traffic and sales. Without doubt Magento 1 stores will become more targeted for spam and cyber attacks. Don’t delay in making steps to keep your website compliant.
Reason 2. Responsive design makes Magento 2 more user friendly
Mobile is expected to account for over 54% of all online sales by the end of 2020. Offering your customers a friendly, easy-to-use mobile shopping experience has never been so important. Magneto 2 is more responsive than ever and, along with Progressive Web Apps, will dramatically improve conversion rates and increase revenue.
Magento 2 was originally designed to be responsive irrespective of the device used to view the website. By default, its UI gets easily adjusted to any screens, while themes are applicable to any sizes and resolutions due to the “mobile first” approach. The essence of the approach implies that the development of new themes starts with making themes fit small screens. Additionally, these themes do not only offer the improved mobile responsiveness, but they also add a bunch of specific mobile features. Being mobile-friendly, Magento 2 contributes to higher ranking of your website in the search engines, since Google now evaluates the mobile site version first.
Reason 3. Magento 2 has better security than Magento 1
Increased risk of cyber attack means staying on-top of your security is crucial. As a responsible store owner, upgrading to Magento 2 will minimise your risk; SHA-256 hashing algorithms and measures against XSS attacks, along with 2 factor authentication and Google reCAPTCHA. Additionally running on PHP7.x ensures greater security and performance.
Reason 4. Faster Product searches with Magento 2
ElasticSearch helps to improve the speed and relevance of search results within your store. Based upon a faceted search technique which involves augmenting traditional search techniques with a faceted navigation system. Allowing users to narrow down the search results by applying multiple filters based on multiple filters classification of the items.
Reason 5. Magento 2 is Google Friendly with responsive design
In 2018 Googles’ algorithms changed to prioritise the mobile version of your website to decide on it’s ranking. Again this highlights the importance of ensuring your website performs well on mobile devices. Magento 2 is built for mobile, with faster page loads, and responsive designs both aiding in the user experience and your websites ranking.
Reason 6. Magento 2 is 50% faster compared to Magento 1
Magento 2 outperforms previous Magento versions in every way. Its performance and scalability, combined with new functionality and powerful user tools provide unprecedented flexibility to create a streamlined shopping experience. Making your products easier and quicker to buy, resulting in a better customer experience.
Reason 7. Magento 2 has a more streamlined checkout
The checkout experience has been greatly improved and streamlined reducing shopping cart abandonment. With ‘Instant purchase’ features, reducing checkout time by upto 90%. Guest checkout is available without user registration, automatic email recognition for returning shoppers and post purchase account creation.
Reason 8. Magento 2 is better connected with 3rd party plugins and APIs
API connectivity and 3rd party extensions have been greatly improved and become more stable. With Asynchronous WebAPI that improves the performance of integrations that require many API calls, such as a bulk product integration or customer import. With the addition of GraphQL API as an alternative to REST and SOAP APIs for more integration options, making Magento 2 better connected.
Reason 9. Administration within Magento 2 has been improved
The administration area of Magento has been greatly improved. Focusing on responsive web design (RWD) mobile first approach. With a cleaner and faster loading interface that works just as well on mobile as it does on a desktop computer. Allowing you to manage your store on-the-go from any device in any location without limitations.
Reason 10. Improved Inventory Management within Magento 2 compared to Magento 1
Older versions of Magento relied upon one inventory system, which made it difficult to manage multiple channel inventories from a single site. The new Magento MSI ( Multi source inventory) allows you to manage your products and stock levels from a more centralised admin area.