Should You Upgrade to Magento 2?

By Rodney Laws | Ecommerce

Aug 18
Consumer using a Magento 2 store to purchase goods online.

Magento has been a prominent platform since 2012 and websites have heavily invested in it. After so many years, they have ended Magento 1’s Support. 

The change was difficult to understand for merchants and the entire Magento community. 

Cutting the chaos around this topic, here are a few options you can take. Weigh the pros and cons of each and decide what best suits your needs.

What does Magento 1 EOL mean?

It means the official team no longer provides M1 patches and technical support. Let’s explore the possibilities:

Staying on Magento 1

Don’t have enough resources? Not sure if M2 is going to work for you? You can continue to stay on Magento 1, just like before. There are a lot of misconceptions around ‘End Of Magento 1 Life’. Most of the merchants are concerned about the following:

  • Code Fixes
  • Security Patches
  • Feature improvements

Over 75% of the sites are still running on Magento 1 efficiently. One of the best things about Magento is its huge community. A lot of viable solutions have popped up ever since Magento has announced its plans to discontinue its support to M1.

Look for a good managed hosting company that would ensure:

1. Managed security

  • Your website will be protected against any possible old or new threat and patching will be done accordingly
  • Malware scanning & DDoS protection
  • Your store will still get updated with patches
  • Disaster Management Plan

2. Speedy M1

Discontinuation of M1 doesn’t mean, it won’t perform well. It will be still fast, but only if your store is finely configured and the Magento stacks are optimized to ensure maximum performance. Regular monitoring is required to make sure there’s no-fault and the resources aren’t choked.

Moving to Magento 2

If you want to make the move towards Magento 2, the new software has many benefits:

1. Improved speed

Magento 1 can handle up to 200k views per hour while Magento 2 can handle 10 million views per hour. So if you’re experiencing a lot of traffic, then M2 is a perfect choice.

2. SEO friendly

Magento 2’s front-end design makes it easier for the website to be browsed on all kinds of devices – laptops, tablets, mobiles, etc. Since M2 is responsive throughout the devices, this helps the website with its SEO.

3. Better checkout systems

The checkout system is more streamlined in M2. It is shown that M2 with PHP process 135k more orders per hour. The customer experience has been dramatically improved and simplified. Plus, the order placement is simpler and automated. 

Also, guest users can check out without registering and pre-registered customers are automatically identified via their email address.

4. Easy to purchase

In M1, every time the customer adds a product to the cart, the page refreshes. Consequently, these slow-loading pages would lead to a higher bounce rate. However, in Magento 2, there’s a functionality called ‘Ajax add-to-cart’ which prevents a page from reloading whenever a product is added to the cart.

5. Hustle-free extension update

Installing some basic extensions in M1 was a time-consuming task even with the help of Magento experts. But, Magento 2 has made it easier to install extensions and without wasting time. This issue is resolved with the help of CSS3, LESS, and HTML5.

Move away from Magento

Understanding an entirely new platform could be a challenge. However, after analysing your store needs and budget, you can make a decision accordingly. Here are some points to consider while choosing a CMS:

  • Performance & Speed
  • Security
  • Extensions
  • Easy Usability
  • Customization
  • Price

Moving over to Magento 2 has its merits, but sticking with the original isn’t out of the question either. If you’re still struggling to make up your mind, consider reading an in-depth review of Magento

Author bio: Sakshi Behl is the marketing manager at, a Managed eCommerce Hosting Platform. She likes to reach the masses with her writings. You can connect with her on