When announced back in 2014, it promised to improve performance, scalability, streamline customisations and use higher quality code to support all of this, with simplified integrations too!

Three years on and:

We’ve listed 10 reasons why we’re recommending doing this to our clients and why you should be doing it too:

ONE. Magento 1 Support Cut – Sunset

Magento is officially setting the sun on Magento 1 in January 2018 starting with dwindling support and release of new extensions in the Magento Store.

TWO. Magento 1 Support Cut – Black Out

By November 2018, full support for Magento 1 version ecommerce websites will have stopped. Anyone using it will be running an on unsecure version of the platform, which means loss of PCI compliance, bugs in Magento with no fix, site slowdown and increased security breaches.

THREE. Magento 2’s CMS UX

  • Much better flat design layout that’s easier on the eyes, less cluttered and easier to use.
  • Touch friendly and optimised further for tablet / mobile.
  • Much more flexibility to create bespoke editorial templates with drag/drop reordering and custom views
  • Configurable columns at the catalog level for greater control of immediate visual and export toggling

FOUR. Simplified CSV Product Import

We mentioned this before in our other post about why we love Magento 2, but we have to say this again because it will make any Ecommerce Manager’s day.

Our Developers have made a bespoke CSV for any merchant, so that you’re only filling in the CSV columns for titles, attributes, recommended products etc that you need to know. None of this 0, 1 nonsense going up to column CZ.

FIVE. Better Checkout

  • Assumptive guest checkout
  • Simplified two step
  • Automatic email recognition of registered / guest users for streamlined checkout
  • Shipping rates are only applied once your full details are completed
  • Billing address is only required when payment is – you start with shipping details first

SIX. Product attribute swatches

Pick an image of your own, colour or text. Our own Stephen Webster used images to represent the different gem stones or material available for each product.

SEVEN. Better Magento Module Store 

Every extension and integration available on the store is vetted by the Magento team, ensuring your add ons are of good quality and are easy for Developers to install. Availability is much improved as well.

EIGHT. Magento’s own migration tool in GitHub

James Cowie presented the OS project on Githubt to us at Magento Imagine and we loved it; it will make migrating from M1 to M2 much easier.

NINE. Checkout scalability

As well as looking great, it achieves more greatness in comparison to Magento 1:

  • Community can handle 50,000 orders per hour
  • Enterprise can handle 90,000 order per hour

Orders will be flying off the rails, or shelves, warehouse, wherever you keep them really!

TEN. Catalogue scalability and handling

  • Without Varnish – 100K page views per hour
  • With Varnish – 10m pageviews per hour (we use Varnish)
  • 150,000 configurable products
  • 1.5m simple products
  • 5K categories


Natasha Green
Ecommerce Evangelist | Fashion Faithful | Brand Builder