All You Need To Know About Magento 2.0 and Upgrade Process

Well, Magento 2.0 is finally out after an ordeal of 5 long years. There are many questions lingering in the minds of Magento website owners.

Let us try to address a few key questions,

What are the key features Magento is offering in its new Magento 2.0 release and how different is it from Magento 1.x version

How simpler or tougher is the upgrade process

Finally, is it worth to move to Magento 2.0 at this moment?

Highlights of Magento 2.0 features:

Full page caching:

Do you respect and value the customer’s time?

Well Magento has certainly given a huge thought about this and this feature has been introduced to improve the page rendering speed.

Respect your customer’s time and they will pay you back with more number of visits and potentially increase your sales/revenue.

Optimized performance:

In high traffic Magento websites, you might have faced problems with load time transaction processing etc. The request processing time has reduced with improved table locking feature. No more of longer waiting time and hence enriching the customer experience.

Smoother Checkout process:

By smoother, we really mean it! Already is known for its streamlined checkout process. So what’s new?
Magento has improved its checkout process to improve the customer experience. You need not choose the credit card type and it is figured out automatically using the first digit of your credit card number.

Also a far more improved process for guest checkout. You can save your personal information even when you checkout as guest.

Upgrade process to Magento 2.0 – Is it simple or tough

Rather than referring this as an upgrade process, it would be ideal to call it is a “Migration”.

Yes, the upgrade process from 1.x to 2.0 is not as simple as we would expect and it would require the help of Magento experts to have a smooth transition.

Magento 2.0 comes up with a clean code base, a different architecture, and a different framework and we can call it as a fresh start with a lot of improvements from 1.x version.

Having said that we have happy news too. With the latest version release, the future version upgrades have been made simpler and easier. The new code base is lean and has a modern, modular architecture and hence the cost and complexity of maintaining the site will also be significantly reduced.

Finally, is it worth to move to Magento 2.0 at this moment?

Given the advantages and benefits of Magento 2.0 every Magento website owner would be thinking to move to Magento 2.0

Our suggestion would be not to fasten your seat belts to start a ride immediately especially if your website is in 1.8 or latest versions. Magento is still releasing security patches and updates for these versions and no need to worry about the security or anything as of now. This is mainly because most of the extension developers are still working on building some of the commonly used modules in the new architecture. Let us wait till those developers come up with a stable release of those modules which can be used in our website.

What if I own a website in an older version which is not supported by Magento?

Well if you have a simple Magento store with not much of customization we would suggest that you consult a Magento expert to rebuild the website in latest 2.0 version and you can take advantage of security, performance and other features.

If you have already customized your website with lot of third party extensions we would suggest you seek the help of experts to maintain your website and once those third-party modules are released in Magento community, go and grab them as soon as you can to experience the joyful ride of Magento 2.0.

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