Magento is the leading CMS name in the world of e-commerce that has the mega money of eBay behind it, so when they announced in November 2015 they would be releasing Magento 2, the world of online retail stood up and took note. As the release of Magento 2 is now over a year old, the main question that retailers ask is “is now the time to upgrade to Magento 2?”.
When Magento 2.0 was released in both Enterprise and Community Editions, and are at the time of writing on version 2.1.3, as the first year has been a hectic year of up-grades and up-dates for the market leading platform, it has has made for a difficult time for early adopters. Having to make the upgrade has been problematic but for those not on the initial bandwagon, there now poses the question of whether now is the right time to upgrade to Magento 2.
What is different in Magento 2 to its predecessor?
Magento 2 was released with an intent to build on the strengths of it’s predecessor (see here for Magento Kent) but be built in a way to overcome some of the well known Magento shortfalls-
Smooth checkout process – Magento 2 has some clever features built in to improve the checkout feature and how payment works, as well as the guest checkout option being simplified to pick up complete user information based on the email previously used.
There has been a drastic process of re-engineering that has gone behind the release of Magento 2 which has resulted in a drastic reduction of unnecessary steps, which bogged down speedy transactions earlier and results in one page checkout.
Page loading speed – Speed is often cited as the main downside of Magento, and Magento 2 has gone a long way to address that with a complete structural overhaul and has led to Magento 2 supposedly being 20 per cent faster than Magento 1 leading many to believe that now is the time to upgrade to Magento 2.
Improved Admin Features – The new admin panel is much more intuitive and a step away from the slightly dated look of the Magento 1 admin panel. Though certain features might be less intuitive or take some getting used to for those more used to the earlier version.
Scalability performance – The new version boasts an improved file structure that is flexible for rapid scalability for both standalone databases as well as master databases with several slave databases.
Improved maintenance and upgrades – Magento 2 is devised to make regular maintenance and upgrades easier for customers than the previous version. Whilst this may be true at this stage it is countered by the frequency with which the Magento 2 upgrades have occurred which has kept early adopters on their toes.
Is it worth holding out until you upgrade to Magento 2?
The timing of when to upgrade to Magento 2 needs to left to individual retailers. It is a difficult time to start a new build in Magento 1, but may be worth holding out slightly longer if you have a Magento 1 site that is working well at the moment.
There are frustrations at the lack of compatibility with some extensions that are readily available on Magento 1 but that situation is improving every day. The main issue is that Magento 2 is getting better but certainly in parts can feel like it has work to do, with unusual quirks and bugs causing an issue or extra work that wouldn’t have occurred in Magento 1.