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I see a lot of customers still sticking to Magento 1.x due to reasons like comfort, the uncertainty of the new Magento version and procrastination. Here’s a detailed analysis of Magento 1 vs Magento 2 in terms of

Magento 1 vs Magento 2: Top 6 Differences

Magento 2 is released 10 years after Magento 1 to address many shortcomings of the E-commerce platform. Although there are some core issues with M2 that are yet to be resolved, I feel this is the right time to shift to Magento 2 platform because of the winning features it provides over Magento 1.

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.

Notable Architecture differences are:

  1. Magento 2 supports latest PHP versions. These versions include security improvements that affect store’s speed.
  2. Reduction in unnecessary browser’s operations on the client’s side due to bundled and minimized JavaScript.
  3. Better browser caching for static content.
Features Magento 1 Magento 2
Apache 2.x Apache 2.2 / 2.4
Nginx 1.7 or greater
PHP 5.2.x – 5.5.x PHP 5.6.x / 7.0.2 / 7.0.6
MySQL MySQL / MySQL Percona 5.6.x or greater
Varnish 3.x / 4.x
Redis 2.x / 3.x or Memcached 1.4.x
Solr (Only for EE) Solr 4.x
HTML HTML5
CSS CSS3
JQuery (In latest themes) JQuery
RequireJS / Knockout.js
Zend Framework 1 Zend Framework 1 / 2
Symfony
Composer
PSR – 0 / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4

2. Speed & Performance

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.

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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. Dashboard

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.

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.

6. Pricing

Although the versions of the community editions of Magento are free to download. However, there’s a difference in the pricing of EE of Magento 1 and Magento 2.

  • Magento EE license cost: starts at $18,000 yearly
  • Magento 2 EE license cost: starts at $22,000 yearly

Why Do You need to Migrate to Magento 2?

Although the Magento 1 support isn’t going to end anytime soon, it is still important to consider Magento 2. Here’s why:

  • There will be no innovation with Magento 1. For better support solutions, you must move to Magento 2.
  • The technology and innovation used in Magento 2 are world-class providing better speed, security, performance.

Most of the E-commerce stores have already started migrating to Magento 2. Haven’t migrated yet? This step-wise guide to Magento 2 Migration might prove useful to you.