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Finding the right partner to work with during your migration or a new build on Magento 2 is critical to a successful development process and launch. We have experienced and trained professionals who can ensure the process is both smooth and efficient.

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Upgrade to Magento 2!

If you're still developing your Magento 1 site, stop!

Magento is the must successful open source e-commerce platform available powering over 250,000 sites, helping to generate over $50 billion in annual sales.

Magento 2 pushes the boundaries in what is possible even further! A quicker development environment with optimised code and a modern code stack enable us to create even better e-commerce sites.

Top reasons to upgrade to Magento 2:

  • Varnish & Full Page Cache
  • Guest & Two Step Checkout
  • More secure, easier maintenance and upgrades
  • Table performance & multiple databases
  • Reduced Javascript libraries
  • Improve B2B user experience
  • Content staging & preview
  • Optimised default theme
  • and much more...

There are so many reasons to upgrade to Magento 2 today; we've highlighted just a few of them here. Read on for more information on why you should upgrade to Magento 2.


What is your current
e-commerce situation?

If you're currently adding new functionality to your Magento 1 site, we strongly advise you to upgrade to Magento 2. You will need to convert any work you do now to Magento 2 which would involve further development costs - save time and money today by upgrading to Magento 2.

With a whole host of new features and a defined upgrade process from Magento 1 to Magento 2, we can get you up and trading in no time, leaving your competitors playing catch up.

We work with many clients who want to migrate to Magento from other applications such as Shopify, BigCommerce, WooCommerce to name but a few.

All new development projects that we start use Magento 2.

Magento 2 is the perfect application to start your e-commerce business. We will discuss your needs to ensure the best version is selected before the project begins, taking into consideration your current plans for growth and functionality requirements.

Upgrade to Magento 2 Today

The Pixel has a deep understanding and experience of Magento, working together since 2008. They do not shy away from a challenge, and focus on client satisfaction as their highest priority. This is proven by the long tenure of their clients. We hear very positive feedback from our customers about The Pixel and can recommend them to any company who are looking for a trusted partner to support their Magento installation...

When should I migrate?

With Magento cutting off support for M1 at the end of 2018, you will see many partners following suit and your website will become increasingly difficult to support.

We recommend you start thinking about your migration soon, with a plan to ensure you are on the new Magento 2 platform before Magento 1 support ends. Any development work begins with a discovery phase and lots of considerations about your requirements, so we recommend getting in touch with us to start the discussions early.

We are already receiving a lot of enquiries about the migration to Magento 2, and so will a lot of other agencies. If you want to be able to have a choice in who builds your Magento 2 site don't leave it to the last minute picking - get in touch today.

Why will Magento stop supporting Magento 1?

Magento 1 was released in 2008. In order for Magento to remain the leading open source e-commerce platform, it is vital that the platform utilises the very latest coding standards to offer scalability, security and performance - all of which comes with out-of-the-box with Magento 2 out of the box as well as a whole host of exclusive new features to power your website into the future.

Is it going to break the bank?

Migration to Magento 2 does not necessarily cost the same as a re-platform. However the process of getting to Magento 2 is not just an upgrade – it’s a real opportunity to look at cleansing the data, re-evaluating functionality, remove redundancy & legacy code, or any other aspects of the website that are not critical to the business.

It is an excellent opportunity to revisit your site design; Magento 2 is built on a mobile first framework, this future-proofed platform will enable you to realise the real potential of a fully responsive site to capture potential shoppers at every stage of their day.

From this point onwards any new features you want to develop on Magento 1 will be at your cost! In other words, every £ you now spend on Magento 1 will potentially need to be spent again on Magento 2, once you upgrade.

Can I reuse any of my existing website?

All the knowledge and learning that you have built up over the many years on Magento 1 is still valuable and better than any specification you could write.

If you have a modern responsive design, we can reference this when creating your new Magento 2 theme, rather than having to initiate the entire design process again. If however, your design is looking tired, now would be a perfect opportunity to review it - we would also advise a detailed usability testing exercise to identify key areas of your site that work well, areas that need to be improved, and also to remove obsolete functionality that adds no business value.

Like extensions, current Magento 1 themes will not work in Magento 2.

What’s required?

The amount of time and effort required will likely depend on the number of customisations to the frontend and backend. This will dictate the level of functionality that needs to be refactored.

As will the number of third-party extensions. These will need to be reviewed to see if the provider has a M2 version, and if not, then a review will need to take place to either find an alternative, or the functionality will need to be rewritten for you by us.

The complexity and size of the data will likely be the biggest obstacles, so it’s essential this is looked into at the very early stages. There are ways to minimise the time it will take to migrate to M2, and we would encourage a full review of the current M1 system to see what features will bring the best ROI.