Magento 2 vs Magento 1
The long awaited and much heralded Magento 2 is here. After almost 6 years in development the world’s leading ecommerce platform has launched their newest and most exciting product yet. It is set to revolutionise the online shopping experience.
So what are the differences?
Simply, Magento 2 is better for customers and retailers alike:
Faster page loading times.
Due to full page caching on Magento 2 platform webpages now take a mere 1 – 2 seconds to load, instead of over 5 seconds on Magento 1. This creates a more user friendly site providing the customers with a very positive and effective online shopping experience.
Streamlined checkout process
Magento 2 assumes guest checkout unless the customer has registered previously. Even then this is recognised automatically. It also reduces the amount of information that the customer needs to input, for example they no long need to choose a credit card type as the computer can ascertain this by the first digit of the card number. Furthermore on Magento 2 billing information is only required if the payment method states it.
More Payment Options
Magento 2 has tighter integrations with popular payment gateways, such as PayPal, Authorize.net and Braintree. Plus sites such as Worldpay and Cybersource, which weren’t previously supported, are now. Obviously the larger the number of payment options the better experience for the customer and more opportunities for sales.
Less chance of your website crashing
With Magento 1 sites with heavy traffic could crash or be incredibly slow to load if too many customers were trying to check out at the same time. Magento have worked very hard behind the scenes to significantly reduce the chance of the website crashing or loading too slowly. This obviously is a huge leap forward as a crashed or slow loading checkout could hinder an entire sale as well as creating a frustrating experience for the customer.
More User Friendly
Magento 1 was very confusing for retailers to use ‘behind the scenes’. Magento 2 has focused on improving it’s backend interface so that it’s much more simple and easy for use by everyone, not just the IT guy.
Retailers may be cautious about moving to Magento 2 as they know and feel confident with their current Magento 1 set up. However the benefits of migrating across are so vast that it really is worth the upgrade.