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Magento 1 Vs. Magento 2: Top 5 Reasons to upgrade to Magento 2

Magento 1 Vs Magento 2


Magento 1 Vs. Magento 2: Top 5 Reasons to upgrade to Magento 2

Magento 1 Vs. Magento 2: Top 5 Reasons to upgrade to Magento 2

Magento has always proved its mantle in the battlefield of ecommerce, providing the best features in its services and products. Now with the launch of its new platform Magento 2, a debate about adopting it as the superior ecommerce solution has taken the podium. The primary question that is holding back the Magento 1x community is simple, why move to new one when we can do fine where we are? In this Article, we will show you all the reasons why this notion is wrong.


Top 5 Differences of Magento 1 Vs. Magento 2

1.) Architectural differences

The main issue with Magento 1 is the store performance which has been significantly improved in Magento 2. The Magento team has changed the stack incredibly by adding various new technologies notably – Apache, Composer, Symfony, Nginx 1.7 or greater.

  • It is worth mentioning that Magento 2 officially supports latest PHP versions (starting from PHP 5.5.x), including PHP 7. Those versions already include new security fixes and improvements that directly affect web store’s speed.
  • On the server’s side, there is a very welcome Magento 2 improvement – the ability to use Varnish caching out of the box, so store owners will not have to install a third party’s module for that.
  • Magento 2 has minimized and bundled JavaScript. Finally, we have modern solutions from the JS perspective that allow to reduce unnecessary browser’s operations on the client’s side.
  • Better browser caching for static content.

2.) Speed & Performance of Magento 2

Magento 2 offers faster page load speed when compared to Magento 1. Thanks to full-page caching Magento has offered in both Community as well as Enterprise Edition.


3.) Extensions

Conflicting Extensions: There are a lot of 3rd party extensions available in the market for Magento 1. However, the problem was the extension conflicts when two or more extensions try to rewrite the same functionality. This issue was resolved manually which costs time and efforts.

With Magento 2, plugins allowed code to overlap core code rather than override it.

Cheaper extensions: Installing and updating new extensions has become easier and cheaper. The process of installing extensions and modification of functionality is easier because of the new technology (HTML5, CSS3, Require.js) introduced in Magento 2.

4.) Magento 2 Admin Dashboard

In comparison with Magento 1, the admin panel in Magento 2 is much more user friendly and intuitive. The admin panel in Magento 2 is user-friendly and intuitive. It allows finding information easily, navigates to all parts of the admin panel and manages your store more efficiently.

Magento 2 has a comprehensive dashboard that shows lifetime sales, last orders, average orders, top search terms, revenue tax, check bestsellers & customers, shipping, and quantity.  which helps to monitor the current state of your business.

Magento 2 Admin Dashboard

5.) SEO & Security

There are rich snippets on the catalog pages that improve search result in SERPs. The strengthened hashing algorithms (SHA-256) for passwords. This has made passwords stronger to the dictionary types of attacks.


Magento 2 grows every day and becomes more and more popular. It has many improved features that are quite useful. Magento 1 is still popular and, consequently, it will be supported by Magento until November 2018. So, All Magento’s workforce is now concentrated on Magento 2 development and growth.

We can say that Magento 2 is a huge improvement for both Merchants and Magento Developers. Migration from Magento 1 to Magento 2 surely takes some time and if you’d like to follow the progress, it is about time to at least start planning it.

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Kiara has spent 7+ years serving as the Digital Sales Manager. She loves getting to know the story behind a business and using that unique history to help a company succeed.

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