3 Signs That it’s Time to Migrate to Magento 2

Posted by Pixafy Team

Magento 2 migration may seem like an intimidating process, but the rewards of completing the transition make the transition worthwhile. Magento has made a major move to modernize its platform in the 2.0 version. The key to maximizing the potential benefits is identifying when it is the right time to make a transition to the new platform. Completing a Magento 2.0 upgrade can unlock new value in your website. Three signs that it is time to make the switch are:

1. You have plans for proprietary extensions

Leveraging extensions to create specific functionality on a website is a long tradition within the Magento ecosystem, and businesses have many options for pre-built extensions that add to what the platform can accomplish. However, organizations that build or leverage custom extensions can gain an edge through targeted solutions that meet specific company or customer needs. Magento 2.0 creates a stronger development environment for organizations working on Magento development projects.

“Magento 2.0 can simplify many of the backend processes that go into the day-to-day work of running a website.”

A report from Medium detailed one developer’s experience creating extensions within Magento 2.0, and it explained that the platform features a much more modern, robust feature set when compared to Magento 1. It may take some time to acclimate oneself with the new setup, but once organizations do, they will be left with a more powerful, intuitive setup that lets them create better extensions and get those solutions into production with greater ease.

Whether you want to create your own extensions or partner with a third-party Magento development specialist, organizations that have plans for proprietary extensions may want to make the move to Magento 2.0 to take advantage of better developer tools.

2. You need to simplify backend management

Working with older platforms often means dealing with interfaces and control schemes that are built for legacy usage needs. Magento 2 features a variety of new capabilities to improve user experiences for workers, thereby optimizing web experiences for customers. A few new features that stand out here include:

  • Visual merchandising interfaces that allow users to drag and drop products into an interface. Within this framework, organizations can also create parameters that will automatically order products relative to their attributes.
  • Elasticsearch functionalities that make it much easier to scale search functionality within a site. Key capabilities include being able to identify misspellings and support 33 languages by default.
  • Dynamic customer segmentation and product relation systems that establish a strong framework to create personal shopping experiences through a combination of flexible, responsive content display strategies and rules-based product presentation for up-sells and cross-sells.

These features come together to simplify many of the backend processes that go into the day-to-day work of running a website, creating more time for staff members.

3. Your platform is starting to show its limitations

Many organizations eventually run into platform walls as their site grows and changes over time. Sometimes limitations in the platform prevent them from scaling, redesigning or adding new features easily. In other cases, their business may change to such a degree that the way they’ve configured their variant of the platform becomes problematic. In either of these cases, dealing with an ill-fitting web setup causes more problems than it solves. If it is naturally a time for a platform upgrade, it may also be a good opportunity to take advantage of Magento 2.

New platform releases can seem daunting as the transition may require new skills and competencies than used in previous iterations. The right partnerships can help eliminate some of this worry. At Pixafy, we have a strong relationship with Magento and feature a team of development and design experts that can smooth the move to Magento 2, and our extended experience working with the platform means we have seen a wide range of real-world challenges through the migration. Let’s set up an initial call.

Read our previous post: 3 Tips For Preparing For Magento 2 Migration