Turbo boost your web-shop with Magento 2.

If you’re already migrating your web-shop to Magento 2, congratulations! You’re about to open up a better experience for you and your customers. Still to decide? Perhaps you just need a little help to smooth the way. Here’s a quick overview of why it’s a good idea and what’s involved.

Why you should switch.

Firstly, while you can still use Magento 1, from mid-2018, Magento will stop supporting it with security updates and patches. The company’s focus will shift to Magento 2, evolving it to keep users at the cutting edge. Secondly, Magento 2 will transform your web shop. It’s not so much a migration as a turbo-boost, with features designed to make web-shops run better, faster and easier. Finally, if you don’t move, and stick with the old version, you risk losing out to competitors who are already taking full advantage Magento 2’s enhanced capabilities.

So, what’s involved?

On upgrading from Magento 1 to Magento 2, you can transfer products, attributes and databases. However, you’ll have to leave all your current customised features and designs behind or re-build them for the new platform. But don’t worry, with all Magento 2’s new features you may not need them. And if you do, Magento 2 has some neat tools to make data and code migration easier. In fact, it’s a great opportunity to overhaul your site and ditch over-complex or outdated developments that you don’t really require any more.

Is it worth it?

Absolutely, because it offers an abundance of benefits, for example:

  • Its faster. Full-page caching built into the platform means pages load a lot faster (1-2 sec compared to 5-10 sec for non-caching pages), helping to boost conversion and SEO. It also handles multiple pages without slowing down, making it scalable for large stores and able to grow with an online business.
  • It’s easier. Admin functions have been streamlined to enhance the experience and make it more intuitive. There are out-of-box integrations with lots of partners so you don’t have to rely on third party extensions.
  • It helps you sell & deliver. New features let you push products out onto social channels; and there’s more robust shipping and ordering functions.
  • It transforms marketing. You can tailor site experiences to individual customer segments to increase conversion. At the same time, using content staging to schedule content release in advance and preview it before it goes live.
  • Want to go ahead? Here’s how:

    1. Review your current Magento 1 website for any redundant data and unnecessary extensions.
    2. Set up a Magento 2 website.
    3. Create a new theme or install a ready-made one.
    4. Migrate customisations and install upgraded extensions.
    5. Do the testing.
    6. Fix any issues and repeat the testing.
    7. Cease all activities in your Magento 1 admin panel.
    8. Carry out bulk data migration.
    9. Go live with a Magento 2 website.

    Obviously, swap-over timing depends on store complexity, size of database and how good your developers and designers are. Secrets to success include choosing a quiet sales period, avoiding peak buying times, back-up everything, and test and test again before going live.

    Need some help?

    We understand that concerns about costs, infrastructure, lack of bandwidth, and potential disruption, could be holding you back. If you need to talk to someone about Magento 2, we’d be happy to help klarna@magento.com

    Did you know?

    Klarna Payments is one of Magento 2’s core payment solutions. This means that using Klarna Payments on your M2 store has never been easier. Set up is simple and fuss-free. With Klarna Payments, there’s no hassle downloading and installing from Magento’s Marketplace, it’s available automatically. And you can configure and customise everything directly using your Magento Admin tools. As Magento 2 evolves, it will automatically update the Klarna Payments code, keeping maintenance to a minimum. Now that’s smoooth.