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Commonly Asked Question: Should I upgrade from Magento 1.X to Magento 2.0?

With the release of Magento 2.0 we have seen an influx of clients question if transitioning from Magento 1.x to Magento 2.0 is right for them. There is a lot of information floating around out there and it can be hard to know what is the best decision for your eCommerce site. The pros, cons, new features and 1.x support cut-off date – here is what you need to know!

The Inevitable


The question of eventually making the move to Magento 2.0 is not really a question of “if” but more a question of “when”. Magento has announced that they will only be offering support for Magento 1.x for 3 more years. While you may find a developer to continue to support your site past this date, there will be no official Magento support, and no support for Magento Extensions.

It is smart to begin the conversation with your Magento Solutions Partners now, even if you are not planning the upgrade right away. Your Magento support team will be able to tell you:

  • The version of Magento you are running
  • How many/what modules you are running
  • The over-all performance of your website

The Pros and Cons


In the tech world, there is no moving backwards.

Magento has created a migration tool to help your Magento Solutions Partners make the move for you. However it is important to note that theming and code customizations (such as third party modules) are not transferable. All of those things will have to be re-created in Magento 2.0.

This upgrade can be a positive change in your websites performance. If your site is running 30 different extensions, it might be time a good time to reevaluate the set up of your website.

Magento 2.0 also comes with a brand new admin user interface that is leaps and bounds ahead of the 1.X platform in terms of ease of use for a non-tech admin.

Magento 2.0 also brings changes in cart functionality, reducing the number of steps needed for a shopper to check out on your site. As well as built in integration with PayPal, Authorize.net, and Braintree (just to name a few) for secure payment options.

On the technical side here are just a few features Magento 2.0 brings:

  • Full page caching
  • Varnish caching
  • Optimized code bases
  • CSS preprocessing with LESS
  • Database optimization to reduce crashes on heavy traffic sites
  • Better extensions


Magento 2.0 – The Highlight Reel

Highlighted features of the Magento 2.0 platform

Ultimately your Magento Solutions Partners can help you make the decision about when you should begin your migration to Magento 2.0.

Customer Paradigm is a Magento 2.0 Certified Development Agency – if you need help migrating your Magento system to Magento 2.0 or other Magento design services, Customer Paradigm could be the perfect fit for you! Call 303.473.4400 or visit here to have a real person contact you now >>

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