The clock is ticking. The eCommerce platform, Magento 1, will no longer be supported by Magento after June of next year. As a business owner, you will need time to make the transition to Magento’s newer version, and it is wise to get started as soon as possible. Fortunately, 20North can help businesses migrate to the Magento 2 platform or another eCommerce platform with no disruption to your business.
The new platform, Magento 2, offers countless new features and is far better suited than the earlier version to the current selling environment. In addition, you will find that Magento 2 provides better visibility for businesses than the original Magento.
Failure to Act
What happens if you don’t complete the transition from Magento 1 to Magento 2 by June 2020? Since the software support system is no longer available, that could mean your site is much more vulnerable to hackers and similar security issues. You’ll have to deal with the older features of Magento 1, with no hope of any further enhancements. Meanwhile, your competitors who complete the transition before June 2020 hold a distinct advantage.
A True Migration
Calling Magento 2 an upgrade of the previous version is somewhat misleading. Yes, it is an upgrade, but it is also a whole new platform with significant differences from the Magento 1. This means your website is basically rebuilt.
The new platform features not only performance improvements but a new design for an individualized customer service experience no matter the device. Magento 2 is far more customizable than its predecessor and enhances your business productivity and agility. Maintenance and upgrades are now much simpler, which makes your website less expensive and provides your business with additional functionality.
The end of Magento 1 also gives you the opportunity to consider other platforms for your business in its place. While Magento is the biggest actor in the eCommerce field, it is far from the only one. Investigate the features of other leading platforms before making your decision, such as:
- BigCommerce – Unlike Magento, BigCommerce is self-hosted, which means finding a host and paying for the service is unnecessary. You can decide what you want in the hosting plan and pay only for those features needed. The dashboard is extremely user-friendly, with little learning curve. It is possible for a user to have their website up and running very quickly and doing it entirely on their own. On the downside, BigCommerce offers limited design options, so not as much site customization is available.
- Shopify – Unlike Magento, which uses open-source software, that of Shopify’s is proprietary. While Magento caters to large retailers, Shopify is often a better choice for the smaller, boutique business. Magento will likely require the need for a developer for set-up and store management, while Shopify is manageable by in-house staff.
- WooCommerce – Also using open-source software, WooCommerce is preferred by roughly one-third of all online stores. It is especially popular with WordPress users. If you are familiar with WordPress, you should have few, if any, problems with the WooCommerce plug-in.
At 20North, we can migrate your Magento 1 website to any other eCommerce platform, with no disruption to your business and ensure that all your new site remains fully optimized for SEO.