Magento will finally release a stable version 2 in the beginning of 2016. Anticipation is high, but you may find yourself thinking: What changes are being made for merchants? Agencies? Developers?
Is it necessary to switch over to the new version?
BoostMyShop explains it all, and gives you an insider’s opinion on the new system.
Should I stop using Magento 1?
Magento 1 is currently the world’s leading open source e-commerce solution. What sets Magento apart from the rest? It’s adaptability and it’s vast eco-system, with tens of thousands of available extensions.
The original version still has good days ahead of it, despite the upcoming release of Magento 2, and will be officially supported by the company until the beginning of 2019.
That said, Magento 1 has become outdated on certain technical aspects (it’s 8 years old!) and can cause hang-ups when it comes to automized tests, performance and the inherent shortcomings of an old technology.
What is Magento 2?
Magento 2 is Magento 1’s successor. BUT, unlike the upgrades that were available to transition from versions 1.7 to 1.8 or 1.8 to 1.9, a system update is not available this time. Magento 2 is a total reconstruction which requires a considerable technical and financial investment.
Above all, Magento 2 provides a technical overhaul from the original version. If you compare it “natively” to Magento 1, there are actually very few newly added functions.
However, from a technical standpoint, Magento 2 offers quite a lot:
- Integration with the latest technologies which allow for a significant increase in performance (caches, PHP versions)
- The possibility to conduct automatic tests (unit testing) – finally!
- More effective deployment
These new “techniques” will have a positive impact on merchants using the new system.
They improve performance and decrease the amount of “bugs” that occur when publishing a site update.
If you have never tested Magento 2, BoostMyShop offers a demo available to anyone with the following links:
– Front end : demo.boostmyshop.com/magento2
– Admin panel : demo.boostmyshop.com/magento2/admin (login : « visitor », password : « visitor2 »)
When is it expected to launch?
The first stable version of Magento 2 has been released the 17th of november. However, this
initial version may come with some kinks that will quickly be resolved.
The Magento 2 eco-system is another important point to consider. As you may well know, the strength of Magento 1 exists partly in its diverse extension options, available on www.magentoconnect.com. Extensions for Magento 2 will be comparatively few in the beginning, and the system alone cannot support the diverse needs of an e-commerce platform (payment gateways, etc.)
Therefore, we predict a realistic timeframe of april 2016 for sites launching on Magento 2.
Should I make the switch?
If you’re already on Magento 1, we recommend that you wait to see how Magento 2 evolves in the first few months. As mentioned before, Magento 1 will continue to be supported for another 3 years.
If you do not use Magento and you wish to start using the platform (which we highly recommend), try to hold off until april 2016. Or, if you cannot wait, begin your development on Magento 1 with the intention to migrate later on.
What about BoostMyShop’s extensions?
BoostMyShop has created high-quality extensions for Magento since the very beginning and will continue to do so for Magento 2. Our team has already begun training and developing on the new platform in order to be fully operational on D-day.
BoostMyShop’s first stable extensions will be available according to the following timeline:
- Barcode Inventory : decembre 2015 (released)
- Supplier management (erp 1/3) : january 2016 (released)
- Smart Price : late january 2016
- Order preparation (erp 2/3) : february 2016
- Barcode Label : late february 2016
- Inventory management (erp 3/3) : mid march 2016
- RMA : late april 2016
- POS : late may 2016
- Amazon : June 2016
The above will undergo rigorous testing beginning in January 2016 in order to ensure that the products are in the best possible working order when they launch.
We will continue to provide basic support for Magento 1, and to make improvements on our Magento 1 extensions until at least 2019 (and most likely beyond).
If you have specific questions about our demo version or e-commerce solutions, please contact us!