Which Magento Version is Right for Your eCommerce Site?
For years, Magento® has been the preferred platform for building medium- to high-volume eCommerce websites. And since the eCommerce world is constantly evolving, Magento software has changed along with it. Those updates have come gradually as updates to the basic Magento 1.0 platform with the latest being Magento 126.96.36.199. But that all changed last year when Magento released a fully reworked version 2.
Version 2 has several significant improvements including:
- Faster page loading
- A streamlined checkout process
- A cleaner code base
- Better custom coding capability
- Separable databases
Add-Ons Migration and Custom Configurations
But converting is not without its considerations. For instance, advanced customization will need to be configured to work on Magento v2 and some third-party extensions may not be supported. Migrating these add-ons may involve considerable development time (and cost), and sites on versions lower than 1.9.x should be upgraded before any migration is attempted.
Build and Test Before Transitioning
Real-time concerns when switching to Magento 2 result when your site is actively processing orders, any glitches could cause you to lose them. That’s why it’s important to build and test the site separately before making the transition. On the other hand, if you are building a new site from scratch, doing it in Version 2 is probably the way to go. It has been tested sufficiently to be confident in its stability, so building in V2 lets you take advantage of its improved features immediately.
One Size Does Not Fit All
Each individual situation needs to be evaluated independently to determine the best approach to Magento v.2. They will differ depending on whether you are migrating from a different platform, upgrading, or building fresh.
The eCommerce design team at the Unleaded Group includes seven Magento-certified developers and we have worked with Magento since its first beta release in 2007. We’ve been building top-performing websites on multiple platforms for over 16 years and bring that talent and experience into play when building sites on whichever platform is right for your particular needs—Magento, ExpressionEngine, Bigcommerce or WordPress. Call us at 855-865-3233.