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Magento or Magento 2? What is the difference?

Magento is known as the most popular and appropriate open-source eCommerce platform written in PHP. Released in 2008, it provides many versions that serve different objects. Being the leading eCommerce platform, Magento team didn't stop improving the project. Thanks to that, since November 2015, we have the improved version of Magento 1.x, Magento 2, which has been successfully released after many years of development.

The aim of Magento 2.0 release was to provide new ways to heighten user engagement, smooth navigation, conversion rates and overall revenue generation. We marked the differences between two versions, and, as a result, have an answer on “Why you need to upgrade to Magento 2.” question.

So, Magento 2 is considered to be faster, easier and more secure than Magento 1.x. What are other reasons to upgrade to the latest version of the platform?

New File Structure

In Magento 2, everything is placed under the app structure, except for config.xml. It becomes easier for developer to access all these templates, layouts and js/css files. Using Magento 2, developers have more opportunities for customization without changing site functionality.

New Built-in Technologies

Compared to Magento 1.x built-in technologies (Sass/Compass, prototype javaScript library in core, jquery in rwd package, additional JavaScript libraries, and HTML5/CSS3), Magento 2 has a more complete list. It includes HTML5/CSS3, RequireJS, Apache 2.2 and later, PHP 5.5.x, PSR Compliance, Install needed components via Composer, Magento UI library, CSS Pre-processor, Full page caching, Magento performance toolkit and Dependency Injection.

Better performance and scalability

No more slow database queries to render a web page. With the new default indexers, speed of query performance can be improved with more efficient updates. Static file system performance is greatly optimized by Magento performance toolkit. This is why page load times are 1-2 seconds, and 5-10 seconds for non-cached pages.

No more upgrade costs and efforts

With Magento 2, developers can install and upgrade core software and extensions without additional costs and efforts. Also, Magento 2 includes information on versioning policies that help developers upgrade to a new version easier.

Streamlined Checkout Process

With Magento 2, guest checkout is assumed. If you are already an existing customer, you can log out without constant password entering.

A clean, modern code base

Legacy extensions and old, bad code are removed.

Key features already built in Magento 2 Enterprise

RMA, Admin logging, gift registry, advanced customer segmentation, personalization, better PCI compliance, gift points and more features are already integrated in Magento 2 Enterprise, so you don't have to turn to third-party modules to advance your Magento site.

However, there are some cons that can make people take a little bit of time to adopt Magento 2.

Magento or Magento 2

  • If a Magento 1.9 or 1.14 user has fully advanced customization, when upgrading to Magento 2, this will need to be re-built. A lot of Magento 2 extensions are already available, but some might cause people to wait. This may be the reason why people are unwilling to build another site when the present one is stable and runs rather quickly.
  • Weak Community. Though Magento already has a large army of fans and inherited community from Magento 1, it is still being researched. Not all communities that were strong for Magento 1 became the same for Magento 2.
  • The number of extensions for Magento 2 is still limited. Developers may have to pay third-party to install Magento extensions properly, from essential extensions to advanced extensions.

The statistics is that average Magento 2 migration is about 20% larger than simple upgrade between two versions of Magento 1. So why Magento 2? It needs less development costs and long-term maintenance costs, has greater flexibility to adapt to new opportunities and performs better content marketing, which is important for the whole business's promotion. Try it out!

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