The open-source e-commerce platform Magento offers from 1 June 2020 no longer supports the outdated Magento 1: the so-called Magento end of life. That means that your Magento 1 webshop will run into various security issues as of June 1, because it will no longer receive any software updates. Nobody wants that! Switching is therefore necessary. But what are your options? We tell you this in this blog.
WooCommerce is a webshop plugin for WordPress. What started as a simple plug-in in 2008 has now grown into a large community with many possibilities. There are a lot of WooCommerce plugins available to improve your webshop and you can work with different free or paid themes.
How does WooCommerce work?
It is an open-source eCommerce solution based on WordPress. You must, therefore, install WordPress on your host and then install the WooCommerce plug-in. Because it is an open-source platform, this means that you definitely need some knowledge of webshop development and code to use WooCommerce optimally.
The Taylor Swift and SOXS webshop are made with WooCommerce.
Lightspeed is a Canadian company that was founded in 2005. Lightspeed added software for web retailers to its services. Lightspeed was originally developed with the aim of optimizing webshops for search engines. That will benefit your SEO!
How does Lightspeed work?
Lightspeed is a SAAS (Software-as-a-Service) solution. This means that software applications are offered via the internet in the form of licenses. You take out a subscription and are therefore not committed to anything. The Lightspeed backend is user-friendly and you need relatively little knowledge of code. This makes the platform extremely suitable for beginners but also for advanced developers. For example, you can choose a theme from the theme store and use it to set up your web store. Do you have knowledge of code? Then you can opt for a more extensive subscription with more functions that you can adjust in the code itself, for example.
Another option is Shopify . This is also a Canadian company that offers web store software. Shopify has been growing fast since 2006 and is now one of the largest e-commerce software providers.
How does Shopify work?
Just like Lightspeed, Shopify is also a SAAS solution and with Shopify you, therefore, pay a monthly amount for the software. Shopify is suitable for use by both beginners and web developers. Just like with Lightspeed, you can upgrade your Shopify subscription to get more features at your disposal that could be useful for a web developer.
Now that the so-called end of life of Magento 1 is in sight, it is also an option to switch to Magento 2. Magento 2 is the improved, updated version of Magento 1. It is an open-source e-commerce platform of which the first version was launched in 2008 and in 2015 Magento 2 became a fact.
How does Magento 2 work?
Just like WooCommerce, Magento is therefore an open-source platform. Knowledge of the development code is therefore important, because you will have to make adjustments to the code when you want to edit the webshop. Due to the many available functions, an investment of time and money is needed in the development and maintenance in order to deploy them properly and to ensure that your webshop stays fast.