Webshop owners need to consider many things when it comes to the digital side of their business. Security, ease of use, automation versus manual, shop system, payment solution, SEO and I could go on.
In this blog, I want to take a closer look at one of the many considerations, namely the Magento shop system.
Maybe you already have a shop system like Shopify or WooCommerce and maybe you are considering whether or not to switch. And if so, which system should you choose? One of the options is the shop system called Magento, which is primarily aimed at companies with a large catalog of goods. However, it is not for everyone. The system was developed by Adobe, which you know from programs like Photoshop and Acrobat. It requires a somewhat deeper understanding of programming and is not always easy to deal with. But if you’re a closet developer and you are not intimidated by a little code and database work, then this may well be the system for you.
Magento 1 and Magento 2
Systems need to evolve and be updated to keep up with the times. This is how it is in all industries. This also applies to Magento. Therefore, it is possible to find two different versions and you must therefore be absolutely sure that you choose the right one when downloading the system. If you choose to download Magento 1, you must be aware that there will no longer be updates to this version. What does this mean for you as a user? Well, this means, among other things, that there will be security flaws that will not be fixed, many plugins will no longer be updated and compliance and GDPR will be a bit of a challenge.
Then there is the speed. Unfortunately, it is one of the big issues when it comes to Magento 1, but has been clearly improved in version 2. The same applies to the user interface. Both systems are aimed at the slightly more technical webshop owner, but once you have get to know the user interface, the number of functionalities far exceeds the competitions.
Another scenario is that you already have version 1 and now want version 2, as you are already familiar with the challenges that have arisen with version 1. If this is the case, then you already know that it is not just an easy switch over. It can actually become a highly costly affair. Not only because third-party integrations are often a little more expensive for Magento 2, it may also be necessary to set aside money to get a professional to do it for you. In addition, the workhours must also be included. It is not done in a few minutes and afterwards there is “all the other stuff”. You know what I mean; SEO, SoMe, styling, corrections, adding new items, setting up extentions and plugins, in short; “other stuff”.
If you want to migrate your data yourself, it is important that you haven’t already created anything in advance on the “new site”. All data will be overwritten when you move your folders. When you start the project, you must also be absolutely sure that you know how to navigate confidently around a Command Promt and have complete control of the folder and database structure. If you do not have these things under complete control, I recommend that you contact a developer – at least just to act as a co-pilot on the project.
With Magento 2, setting up payment options has become much easier. The system comes with some different pre-installed payment solutions, such as Stripe and Paypal, but it has become much easier to install its own. For example, if you want to make use of Yourpays gateway, all you have to do is create an account and install the plugin, copy your merchant token from your admin page and paste it. Then the system itself takes care of the rest.
Once your payment gateway is set up, your check out flow should also get an overhaul. This too, is not an easy feat to set up in Magento, but there is a large selection of 3rd party integrations that can help you with that. Here you just have to be sure that it complies with Danish laws and does not open you up to security breaches.
Safety and compliance
Magento 2 is basically PCI DSS compliant. PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard and is a series of security standards that must be complied with if you want to accept payment at a webshop. In other words, it means that your customers can pay securely and that the GDPR is complied with.
Of course, this only applies if you do not change the setup. Is it likely? Probably not. It is the fewest webshops that settle for having a clone business that looks like all the others.
If you use Yourpay in your Magento webshop, however, you are always sure to have the latest technology, which has been updated to comply with all the regulations of the law.