Magento is one of the most popular and successful eCommerce platforms around with over 250,000 online stores choosing to run their website. As of June 2020 Magento 1 is unsupported, this means that there will be no more security pages or enhancements released for this version. It also means that 3rd party developers are stopping support for Magento 1 modules meaning that your store could be at risk it you don’t upgrade.
Not only will Magento 2 ensure your site is fully secure and always up to date, it comes packed with a whole host of new features. Designed to improve your customer’s experience and increase conversion rate, they also make managing your site easier.
Out of the box
The latest version of Magento has a-lot under the hood to help online business do more online covering all companies from start-ups thorough to enterprise level operations.
Below are some features Magento 2 can power your business up.
Customer focused checkout
One of the first place Magento 2 was re-developed was the checkout, with a new faster process, better integrations with more payments providers proven to increase conversion rates.
Better security and easier to maintain
The new platform makes keeping the core up-to-date simple, each release makes better use of todays technology making it faster, stronger and patched against new threats constantly.
Optimised for speed and agility
Better caching, an improved technology stack and an attention to speed all-round makes Magento 2 one of the fastest eCommerce platforms which is crucial o for increasing conversion rates and SEO.
Simplified integration with CRM & ERP systems
The new API approach to 3rd party integrations makes extending Magento 2 so much easier and helps to remove boundaries that plagued Magento 1, from Xero, Royal Mail and other warehouse system it’s easier than ever to connect.
Built-in B2B features
Magento 1 was renowned for being built for fashion and general retail, whilst Magento 2 continues this it’s also been enhanced with a tonne of B2B features to help wholesalers take their businesses online.
Is your site GDPR compliant?
Not only will upgrading to Magento 2 offer you the whole host of benefits above, but it will also ensure your site stays GDPR compliant. As Magento 1 no longer supports security patches, it will become alot harder for you to keep your customers data protected, and your business protected.
The process of migration
Migrating to a new platform is always scary, even if you’ve used a previous version.
Our team will guide you every step of the way taking away the pain and making sure the process is smooth and focused on delivering results.
Taking stock of the module you currently run means we can help identify replacement modules and also reduce the amount of plugins you run by utilising more of Magento’s built in capabilities
Whether you’re upgrading from Magento 1 or another system the new API means we can migrate your customer, order and content data effortlessly helping to create a smooth transition.
Upgrading is the perfect time to review the customer experience and fine tune the frontend to help welcome back customers, enage new ones and increase the conversion rate.
Once your new site ready to go our team can fine tune your Magento website to run at blistering speeds helping to secure more customers and improve your SEO.
How much will it cost?
Whilst upgrading to Magento 2 might seem scary it’s not necessarily as expensive as re-platforming. It does however give you the perfect opportunity to evaluate the functionality you are offering your customers and make use of the improvements of M2 to grow the business.
You don’t have to start over, here are a few ways in which we can help you:
Theme transfer and upgrade
We can safely upgrade your site fromMagento 1 to Magento without changing the look and feel and transfer all data.
Update 3rd Party extensions
Your old M1 extensions won’t work in Magento 2, we can help upgrade these module or find alternatives for you.
Complete M2 rebuild
Migrate the data from your existing Magento 1 site to Magento 2 with a new fresh design centered on user experience and new features that will improve conversion rates.
If you’re not sure where to start or already have a plan of action give us a call, we’d be happy to help.
Why choose Actuate?
We are your technical partner, and finding the right one to work with during a new build or migration is crucial to a successful project.
Our team have been working with Magento for many years, some of our developers can even remember version 1.3 (albeit in their nightmares) and have helped numerous businesses to flourish online by crafting their website around both the customers needs and your goals.
It’s versatility has enabled us to make our clients more money and faster. We develop, support, optimise Magento websites and build strong partnerships with our clients that help to unlock their ambitions.
While our experience keeps us grounded, we are always looking forward, focussed on improvement and growth. We combine traditional and emerging technologies to build the most effective and efficient strategies.
Take a look at our work
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From eBay to a household brand we helped Oh Polly launch their first Magento store packed with features from a live Instagram feed, Out of stock subsciptions and loyalty rewards.View case study
Conversion rate increase
Slick upgrade from Magento 1 to Magento 2 featuring custom loyalty schemes, StoreFeeder integration and quick one click ordering.View case study