Upgrade from Magento 1 to Magento 2

Upgrade from Magento 1 to Magento 2

Your current shop is running on Magento 1 and although you're quite happy with what your business was able to accomplish with it so far, it's time for you to upgrade.

So we're here to help you answer the questions you've been asking yourself:

  • Do I really need to upgrade?

  • What solution should I choose?

  • Is there a better way?

Do I really need to upgrade?

You've postponed upgrading to Magento 2 and stayed on Magento 1 as long as you could, but the issues and reasons to upgrade are piling up:

  • the code is becoming harder to update and maintain with increasing outages

  • developers willing to work on the current code are harder and harder to find

  • since Magento 1's end-of-life in June 2020, security is an added risk

  • new extensions can't be found and developing new ones is costly and risky

  • the shop is looking dated, but investing into a redesign on Magento 1 doesn't make sense

You're not alone, many merchants went through the same thing.

Magento 1 still has some support in the Magento community, but things won't get better: developers will be harder and harder to find, no new extensions will be built and existing extensions will receive less and less updates. Sooner or later, you will have to upgrade.

What solution should I choose?

We're sure you've asked yourself this and it's a very good question.

You've chosen Magento 1 when you built your current shop, because Magento at the time was the no. 1 Open Source platform and that is still true today. Being open source and backed by Adobe, you can have the peace of mind that Magento has a solid future.

What about redesign?

While investing into upgrading from Magento 1 to Magento 2, it's absolutely normal for you to want to offer an enhanced experience for your customers and not just newer code running on the server. Building a new theme is something that will happen with a migration anyway, but is there a better solution?

The answer is yes: instead of the traditional click-reload website, your shop can take advantage of the newest technology: Progressive Web Apps.

The main advantages that PWA brings for online shops are:

  • Fast load times & Offline support

  • Installable

  • Push notifications

You can learn more on our What is PWA? article.

What about cost?

You've invested a lot into building your current Magento 1 shop and continued to invest into it every quarter, and now you're looking at another big expense followed by other continuous investments. It doesn't sound great.

If you're thinking that a SaaS platform might be a better option than going on the Magento 2 route, we really have some good news for you: you can have both!

A better solution: Zento

Zento is built with a PWA frontend, a Magento 2 backend and is offered in a Software-as-a-Service subscription model.

You're already using SaaS in your business for your newsletter solution, CRM, ERP and office suite, and now you can do the same with your shop. You no longer need to spend a small fortune to build a shop, instead you can pay a subscription and get all the benefits.

With a monthly subscription as low as €490/mo that grows only when your business does, you can focus your resources on growing your business, while Zento takes care of the technology.

With a beautiful bespoke design perfectly tailored to your brand and running on the state-of-the-art Zento Progressive Web App, your shop will deliver an amazing experience to your customers and maximise your conversion rate.

Zento Design

The features available on Zento in addition to the Magento 2 native functionalities are extensive and executed in a far better way than what you could afford to build with a Magento agency or internal team.

Another great thing when using a SaaS product like Zento is that, unlike an in-house solution, the SaaS solution gets better over time with new features continuously being developed by the professional team behind the product, which continuously invests into its development.

Zento also handles hosting, monitoring and upgrading of Magento so you don't have to worry about uptime, security or ever paying a developer to upgrade to the newest version of Magento.

When thinking of using a SaaS for your shop, you might be concerned about vendor lock-in, but since Zento is built on Magento 2 Open Source, you have the freedom to take your data, set up an on-premise Magento 2 and go with the agency route if you ever change your mind. There's no risk in choosing Zento for your shop.

Finally, migrating to Zento generally takes a few weeks instead of the months you would be looking at when building a Magento 2 shop with an agency or internal team.

Did we get your attention?

So to recap, here are 3 reasons why we think Zento is the best solution for you:

  • Rock solid Magento 2 foundation which you're already familiar with

  • Excellent UX with a cutting-edge PWA frontend that will skyrocket your conversions

  • Software-as-a-Service business model with a predictable & affordable pricing

If you'd like to read more, you can check out our Wiki or use the link bellow to get in touch and discuss your project specifics.

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