[Survey] Magento 1 VS Magento 2, Which One Do You Prefer?

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Magento 1 changed the way developers and store owners see ecommerce platforms. It had a good run, but now since it is reaching its End of Life (EOL), all stakeholders must now think of shifting to Magento 2 sooner or later.

We did a survey to find out the opinion of most Magento developers about the differences in both the versions and what should beginners use for starting Magento development. We surveyed more than 50 developers, designers, and project managers about the compatibility, design, and migration issues between Magento 1 vs Magento 2. And, here is a summary of it all.

What Do You Prefer in Terms of Usability for Magento 1 vs Magento 2?

Most survey participants said Magento 2 is better than Magento 1. Almost 70 percent of participants were in favor of Magento 2, while 18 percent were in favor of Magento 1. The other 11 percent were unsure about the usability of either of the two platforms.

One survey participant said, “There is a steep learning curve between Magento 1 vs Magento 2, but that is true for most content management systems.” He further elaborated that this is because the person will have to start from scratch if he has to make his store in Magento 2 because there is no compatibility between the two platforms.

Which Has Better Performance: Magento 1 vs Magento 2?

Again, Magento 2 was favored by developers over Magento 1. Almost 68 percent developers said that the performance of Magento 2 is a lot better than in Magento 1 platform as new libraries, better code structure, and the use of React/PWA (Progressive Web Apps) are implemented in this platform. Only 28 percent favored Magento 1 in comparison.

One survey responder said, “Magento developers should now start learning Magento 2 because it will prevail in future.” In fact, the redesigned interface of Magento 2 has allowed it a performance increase of at least 50 percent.

Which One Has Enhanced Security: Magento 1 vs Magento 2?

Majority of the participants were again in favor of Magento 2, 81 percent people recommended it because of its security, while only 7 percent of developers said that Magento 1 is better in terms of security.

There are several reasons why Magento 2 has the edge. First, it has the React PWA compatibility, something that wasn’t available with Magento 1. Secondly, the majority of the developers who participated in our survey have said that it has a gentle learning curve in comparison with Magento 1.

According to the participant, the reason he prefers Magento 2 over Magento 1 was, “Magento2, unlike Magento 1, is more like a framework than Content Management System (CMS) and is going to be different from Magento 1 soon especially after the React/PWA revolution. We’re talking about two different eras of technologies, meaning ‘the future is coming’!”

Which Is Comparatively Better at Ease of Development: Magento 1 vs Magento 2?

The survey participants had a mix of opinion about the development accessibility of both the platforms. Majority of the participants suggested Magento 2, but a fair share of them also acted in favor of Magento 1.

According to one participant, “the initial version of Magento 2 (2.0 and 2.1) has too many bugs, but the latest version is changing that. I think PWA will help Magento 2 become more impactful in future again.”

What Is Your Recommendation for Magento 1 Store Owners and Developers?

Majority of our survey participants have recommended that the store owners should migrate to Magento 2. But here’s one point to notice that 18.5 percent participants are still in favor of staying with Magento 1.

The reasons they gave are, “Magento 2 frontend architecture has gone too far in its own architectural idealism which gives a lot of headaches to a developer. Also, there are still too many bugs which make it feel like it’s still in a BETA stage. That’s why they have advised Magento 1 store owners to stay with Magento 1 until the Magento 2 version becomes more stable.”

Another participant said, “Stay with Magento 1 if you have invested a lot and everything runs perfectly for you, Magento 1 is still the king of the ecommerce solutions. But, shop owners who are looking for a platform to set up a new business, I would suggest going directly with Magento 2, just because it’s a better investment for future.”

Some of the Highlights: Magento 1 vs Magento 2

Where the majority of the survey participants are in favor of Magento 2, some have also highlighted the bugs that still surround its development. The major ones are:

Compatibility Issues

Magento 2.0, 2.1 and 2.2 are less compatible with each other. Most of the extensions made for Magento 2.0 won’t work with latest Magento 2.2 version, and the extension needs to be developed from scratch.

Same is the case with migrating from Magento 1 to Magento 2.

System Requirements

Magento 2 is not compatible with all system, so you have first to make sure that your system is supported before you install the new version.

Lack of Support Guides

As it is a comparatively new version, Magento 2 doesn’t have proper support guides available at this time as compared to Magento 1. This causes problems for developers who are proficient in development with Magento 1 platform.

Key Takeaways: Magento 1 vs Magento 2

  • Most participants are in favor of Magento 2 saying that even with all the bugs, the developers should start grasping the platform because it will lead the future development.
  • Magento 2 stands out in performance, security, and usability.
  • Store owners who are satisfied with Magento 1 should wait for the new updates in Magento 2 before they migrate.
  • Magento 2 needs development from scratch. The code that has written for Magento 1 won’t help you at any cost.

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