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If you're a local company based in the north west, our Magento agency Manchester is the ideal choice for your eCommerce solution. Whether you're considering a Magento website from scratch, or if you'd like to migrate from an existing Magento platform to the new Magento 2, we'd love to hear from you.

Why Should You Switch To Magento 2? 5 Reasons Why

With lots of website running on Magento 1.9, why should you switch to the updated Magento 2, what are the advantages of making the switch?

1. Magento 1 Support Is Ending
Magento 2 was released in 2015 and ever since its release, focused has shifted from previous version to the new platform. However, in June of 2020 support for Magento 1.9 will end, this means that users of the Magento 1 platform will no longer receive updates that allow them to provide their customers with a safe and secure online shopping experience.


It may seem like June 2020 is far away, so you have plenty of time to make the decision to migrate, However, this is not something that should be rushed into, migrating from 1.9 to 2 without the proper preparations can cause many errors within your CMS, resulting in disruption to your business and web services. As such, it's highly recommended that you start the migration process now, instead of waiting closer to the cut off date for Magento 1.9. After all, strong planning and preparation are key to a successful upgrade, and you wouldn't want to risk rushing your migration.

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2. Improved Loading Times Thanks To Full-Page Caching
One of the many advantages of Magento 2 is that unlike it's predecessor, it has a full-page caching mechanism. The lack of a full-page caching mechanism means that Magento 1.9 is not built to handle large volumes of transitions within a short time period, such as during a large sale event such as Black Friday, with lots of shoppers wanting to take advantage of the deals available. However on the other hand, Mangeto 2 with its improved structure can reduce load times by a vast amount, increasing not only the customer's experience but also helping your digital marketing as page load speed is a factor in determining a website's rankings in Search Engine Results Pages (SERPs).

3. Flawless Mobile Integration
Whilst there are many advantages of the Magento 1.9 platform and its around 6 years of popularity is testament to how successful the platform is, the platform isn't designed for mobile design, which can result in confusing layouts, especially for first-time users.

This issue is eliminated with Magento 2. The problem has been solved through the introduction of a responsive layout that's designed to be easy to navigate. After all, as the majority of internet users are now using mobile devices to access their favourite eCommerce stores, it's essential that your platform places mobile users at the centre. Magento 2 contains enhanced mobile integration capabilities, which improve and support mobile responsiveness for websites.


4. Superior Performance & Development Times
Simply put, Magento 2 is an improvement. The enhanced performance allows for better implementation of SEO, it provides enhanced usability, it allows for faster site speeds, and development time is significantly reduced. When compared to a similar website developed using Magento 1, choosing to develop the website with Magento 2 offers around an 80% quicker development time. That's a significant time saving.

Additionally, Magento 2 also provides a superior performance with regards to the checkout of your eCommerce store. As the platform is able to offer a two-stage checkout process, it's much quicker and easier to navigate when compared to the six stages experienced in a store using the Magento 1 platform. This allows for a much better user experience, and helps to reduce to likelihood that customers will leave their shopping carts abandoned as a result of lengthy and confusing checkout procedures.

5. Re-Imagined Admin Tools

As responsive design is placed at the heart of the Magento 2 platform, the admin tools have been greatly improved and now provide vastly superior user-friendliness, allowing for multiple administrators to update the store and make changes, all at the same time.

This boost to website administration makes Magento 2 a very powerful eCommerce platform. Just think about how fast you can make site-wide improvements with multiple administrators working simultaneously. This could greatly improve the user-experience of your customers.

Find Your Open Source Solution With Code Media

Migrating your website from Magento 1 to the Magento 2 platform can be very difficult, but with the support ending and the plethora of advantages available on the new platform, it's incredibly advantageous to make the switch.

So if you need a helping hand migrating your eCommerce platform, we highly suggest working with a qualified web design agency that specialises in open source platforms, such as Magento. By working with Code Media, we'll help alleviate the stressful aspects of the migration, you won't have to worry about issues with the big switch, we'll take on the workload and keep you informed every step of the way. So all you'll have to do is look forward to the plethora of improved features from Magento 2.

Get In Touch With Our Team Today

We love the flexibility of open source products, such as Magento, as we believe that the best eCommerce websites offer their users something unique; using open source platforms gives you the ability to do just that.

With Code Media, you have the freedom to move your platform wherever you want, we could host it for you, however if you would prefer you can choose to host your platform yourself. Our model is simple; We Code it & You Own It.

If you have any questions regarding our Machester Magento web design services or if you would like to arrange a meeting, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. Our friendly team of open source experts will be happy to assist you with your enquiry.

You can speak to a member of staff by calling 0118 380 1001 Monday to Friday 9am to 5:30pm. Additionally you can also contact our team using the Live Chat feature on our website.

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