Magento is a specialized open-source platform for creating the most popular eCommerce websites today.
Currently, it supports two versions: Magento 1 and Magento 2. Some websites use Magento 1 platform, such as CellphoneS, and Bach Long Mobile (Magento Open Source 1.9). Websites using Magento 2 such as Di Dong Viet, and Kidsplaza (Magento Open Source 2.3).
So what is the difference between the two versions, and why have businesses not upgraded their websites to Magento 2?
What is the difference between Magento 1 and Magento 2?
Magento 2 uses newer technologies than Magento 1, resulting in more diverse performance, user experience, and functionality.
Magento 1 and Magento 2 support a wide range of third-party extensions. However, many utilities on Magento 1 will frequently repeat a piece of code, causing conflicts for the website’s functional system, and requiring a significant amount of time to manually fix it. Meanwhile, Magento 2 has supported a plugin that allows code to overlap, assisting in the issue’s faster and more effective resolution.
At the same time, Magento 2 support utilities frequently use new technologies (HTML5, CSS3, Requirejs) at lower prices. Compared to Magento 1, this makes it easier for developers to customize, upgrade, and build new functionality for the website.
Magento 1 is frequently criticized for having a messy admin interface that takes a long time to adapt. In contrast, Magento 2 is more user-friendly for admin accounts because:
- The dashboard makes it easier to read revenue, profit, tax, and reports effectively
- Allows quick information searches
- Allows for easy product creation and management
- Easy access to backend components
Magento has long been known for its SEO capabilities, but developers can improve SEO even better with Magento 2:
- Canonical tag support: Fix repetitive content to help increase the SEO content score for the website.
- Enable Meta tags (Meta Title, Meta Description, and Meta Keywords) for individual pages, which will aid SEO for each detailed product page.
- Magento 2’s new technologies are responsive and provide a better user experience across devices.
Since June 2020, Magento has stopped updating and releasing security patches and fixes for Magento 1. Therefore, Magento 1 websites easily become a target for cyber attacks.
Meanwhile, the publisher continuously updates Magento 2 to increase the system’s security. For example
- Improved password encryption (SHA-256) makes the system more difficult to compromise.
- Argon2UD13 support through PHP sodium extension (version 1.0.13) helps protect the system’s database
- 2-factor authentication for the administrator account to limit impersonation to steal website data.
Why do businesses hesitate to upgrade their website to Magento 2?
Magento 1 still meets current needs
Magento 1 continues to meet enterprise eCommerce systems’ interface, functional systems, and management system requirements. As a result, businesses continue to use Magento 1 rather than upgrading to Magento 2. At the same time, the Magento technical community continues to support the utilities for Magento 1 enthusiastically.
Magento 2 appears to be quite new to businesses.
Although Magento 2 provides many improved utilities, its technologies are still relatively new for many companies, particularly those in countries that have lagged behind eCommerce market growth.
It takes time and money to upgrade.
Upgrading from Magento 1 to Magento 2 is difficult because the technology infrastructure is entirely different between the two versions. As a result, website developers will require a significant amount of time to migrate all functions and data from Magento 1 to 2, ranging from 1 to 3 months on average.
In addition, businesses require a technical team with expertise in new technologies to manage the system and efficiently upgrade the website. As a result, the upgrade costs more, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 or more, depending on the system’s complexity.
Although Magento 2 outperforms Magento 1 in every way, many businesses are hesitant to upgrade their websites to Magento 2 due to various issues. However, upgrading the website to Magento 2 is unavoidable in the long run due to the growing gap between the two versions.
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