The New Year brings the June 2020 end of life for Magento 1 ever closer on the horizon. 

If you have not yet made the switch to Magento 2 then you should be considering how best to transition to an upgraded platform, especially when you factor in time for the scoping and build of an upgrade to your current website. 

Upgrading to Magento 2 will allow you to remain competitive with a state of the art site, whilst offering consumers the reassurance of cutting edge security enhancements, protecting their data and information.

Here at ITQ, we have listened to our clients and understand that committing to and paying for a full Magento upgrade is a big financial undertaking and can cause companies funding and budget headaches if required to pay in full for the project immediately.

With this in mind, we have put together a flexible and affordable hosting solution that allows you to enjoy a full Magento 2 upgrade by spreading your payments over time at 0% interest as well. This will bring all of your costs under one umbrella payment per month. 

Site security is also covered by a sliding scale of pricing options, bringing together a competitive and manageable package. 

With ITQ at the helm project managing the migration, you can feel reassured that you will receive five-star end product and customer service. 

Why Magento 2? 

Let’s face it, there are a lot of options available when you are considering which e-commerce platform to adopt. The market is full of benefits and USPs and the key is to choose the best fit for your products, your audience and their shopping experiences. 

Here at ITQ, we consider Magento as the market leader in terms of flexibility, scalability and adaptability, offering a product and experience that gives your business a cutting edge look and feel. Whether you are B2B or B2C focused or looking to expand your customer base, Magento is custom-designed for e-commerce excellence. 

Magento 2 brings a whole host of benefits and enhancements to an e-commerce platform, including: 

  • Improved scalability and performance enhancement - page loading speeds are 20% faster with the capability to process 10 million page views an hour. It also enables full page caching and has a more efficient reindexing system.
  • Streamlined checkout - a highly optimised and simplified two-step checkout process that is easier and faster for customers and encourages conversion rate optimisation. Guest checkout without registration is also now available with a post-checkout registration option. Automatic identification of registered customers based on their email address also enhances your customer’s experience. 
  • Enhanced mobile-friendliness – mobile commerce now accounts for over 50% of online sales, so a mobile-friendly site is essential to ensure a smooth and powerful performance and boost your customer base. Magento 2 includes a Progressive Web App studio, mobile-friendly checkout and responsively designed themes to provide a cutting edge experience.
  • Magento community and marketplace - as an open-source platform, there is a worldwide advanced support network available with forums offering help and advice from implementation partners and developers. The Magento marketplace offers extensions that are far-reaching and allow for pretty much any addition to your site. All extensions are tested, reviewed and compatible to enhance your site with demo functionality links to try before you buy.
  • User-friendly processes - product creation and upload have been simplified with enhanced guidance for ease. Product video upload beside product photos is also now an option.
  • Improved admin panel – you can now customise your panel with faster access to your business information. Product creation in the admin panel has now been simplified with four times faster product import capabilities. 
  • Responsive front end design - new responsively designed and SEO-friendly themes are now available, which offer faster performance and enhance the mobile-friendliness of your site to encourage more and better customer engagement.  
  • Dashboard - now displaying financial data and numerous advanced reporting options, such as most viewed products, average order amount and top searched items.                    

ITQ are experts in the e-commerce industry and have been creating, developing & helping their customers enhance Magento sites for over 15 years. Get in touch with us for a chat or a quote to see what we can do for you.

Magento 2 Releases and Security Enhancement 

As part of the package, Magento 2 now offers regular quarterly releases. As part of their most recent release in October 2019 and in recognition of the importance of security to customers and retailers, they are now offering a new ‘security only’ patch. 

This means that customers can now install time-sensitive security fixes without applying the additional functional fixes and enhancements that a full quarterly patch provides. For example, the latest patch offers 75 fixes for security concerns. 

Magento offer a full breakdown of all enhancements available per release (security only and full patch), to showcase the additional benefits this will bring. 

Below are a few of the most recent benefits which bring more enhancements and fixes to the core code of the product. 

  • PSD2 compliance to core payment methods. Introduced in September 2019, PSD2 compliance is now obligatory and designed to protect your customers and counteract against fraud losses. 
  • PSD2 is part two of the ‘Payment Services Directive’ (PSD), a European Union (EU) directive first introduced in 2007 to regulate payment services and payment service providers (PSPs). The key part of PSD2 in 2019 was the introduction of additional security authentications for online transactions over €30, known as ‘Strong Customer Authentication’ (SCA). The latest Magento update includes implementations of 3D secure protocol to ensure your compliance with the directive. 
  • PHP 7.2 and 7.3 supported and Varnish 6.2.0 now supported.
  • Page load speeds have been improved by moving non-critical CSS elements to the bottom of the page. This enables the browser to render and display a storefront page more quickly.
  • PWA Studio fresh release, including new features and improvements.
 

Why ITQ Digital?

ITQ is a family-run business and passionate and dedicated to their customers, taking care to fully understand their goals and build long-lasting relationships.

The team here at ITQ Digital would be more than happy to talk to you about Magento, so please get in touch if you would like to discuss how a move would benefit your website.

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  • David Gee

    Global Employability Manager

    We are extremely happy with our new GradLink site produced by ITQ. It is fast and looks brilliant. The functionality is smart, user-friendly and quick, backed-up by a really intuitive admin panel. The branding for each country section of the GradLink site (GradLink India, China, Gulf etc) is great, giving each country section a distinctive identity, whilst at the same time reinforcing a strong overall brand. The site manages to look really engaging for students, graduates and global employers alike. The original GradLink site was great, but ITQ has now moved it to another level.

    GradLink is now 10 years old, and ITQ have worked with us right from the beginning to help evolve the site into what is now a global award-winning service used by international students at over 130 universities across the UK, as well as graduate employers across the world.

  • Pedro Santos

    Marketing & Business Administration Manager

    We have worked with ITQ Digital for the last year, and have found their prompt, speedy service & response times coupled with 1-2-1 personalised service really has benefited our site & business. We have appreciated the consistent expert advice & guidance from account management & the development team when dealing with projects & day to day support needs. We are now undertaking a site refresh with ITQ and look forward to continuing our partnership and business expansion whilst working alongside the ITQ team.

  • James Robinson

    E-commerce Manager

    “From planning to project management and ongoing support, ITQ have been our partners since the beginning of our Magento site. Despite our narrow product field and niche product demographic, they delivered a useable, beautiful website that was essential for our growth as a multi-channel retailer. Not content to rest on their laurels they have been consistent with further suggestions and products from both them and their talented partners. They even supported our sister charity at our request!”

  • Phill Bates

    Managing Director

    We have been working with ITQ Digital for the last 2 years and they have developed our website from start to finish. Exactly the end product we wanted and delivered on time. Could not have asked for more from the team.

  • David Gee

    Global Careers Consultant, UWE, Bristol

    ITQ Digital have been nothing short of brilliant in the production of our website. They really listen to what you as the client want, they provide consistent and prompt support, and the flexibility essential to the development of a website. Above all however the final product is fantastic. We are delighted with how the final website looks and works. The CMS is excellent too - robust, expandable and dummy-proof! Thank you ITQ Digital

  • EWL

    ITQ has given us a digital presence that puts us at the forefront of our market. We are very happy with the look, feel and functionality that the new site has delivered and the redesign of our Magento website and integration to SAP Business One has enabled us to move a significant portion of our business online. We plan to further progress our online business with ITQ by driving existing business purchases and new consumer marketing efforts through the existing presence and making full use of the complementary skill sets that ITQ can provide to EWL.

  • Mag Charles

    Director Kayabee

    Having been in the IT industry for many years, I had very high expectations of the type of website I wanted to create. The quality of work, knowledge and suggestions offered throughout the process was more than I expected. Subsequent changes and enhancements to the system has been fairly seamless and done professionally. Overall, I was very pleased with the work done by the ITQ Digital Team and would definitely recommend them.

  • Cologne & Cotton

    Cologne & Cotton have worked with ITQ Digital for over 10 years, which has seen our e-commerce presence grow significantly through progressive website development leading to our latest Magento site. Throughout this time, follow-up support & guidance has been refreshingly prompt and helpful. We look forward to continuing this fruitful relationship with further marketing and web guidance from ITQ as our digital profile continues to evolve and expand.

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    Director Smartia

    We tasked ITQ Digital with the re-design and set-up of our online website and data management system. We were particularly impressed with the quality of the support and advice provided throughout the project, from concept design to going live. ITQ Digitals development process is very slick and efficient meaning that we managed to launch the website within a short timescale without having to commit much of our resource to the project. We would recommend ITQ Digital to any business wanting to increase their presence online.