01 Sep Magento 2 | Making the switch
Magento 2 has been released for some time now. Even better, there is already a 2.1 version. Question remains: do we have to jump aboard?
If you don’t have a Magento set up and you’re starting your new e-commerce project, go for it! It’s a great time to start. The 2.1 version contains the first improvements on Magento 2 and the first bugs and hiccups are taken care of. Magento momentarily has the largest market share, so you’d say that the ladies and gents at Magento know their stuff, and it makes sense to think that when a new version is released you should really consider taking a look at it.
So you’ve got a Magento 1 set up, and you’re considering moving to Magento 2
Magento 1 is nearly 10 years old. They have released many updates, but its base dates back to 2007, while the tech has been improving and changing drastically over the last 10 years. The code, for example, could be considered as quite heavy, and if you do not have a proper optimised setup you could really experience performance issues. On the other side, developers are not as skilled and trained in Magento 2 as they are in Magento 1. We are training intensively to master Magento 2 as we did with Magento 1, but in general there will be less developers who can set up Magento 2 as easily as Magento 1. Extension developers are also working hard to create Magento 2 versions of their products, which is great, but this obviously involves time, development and some startup bugs.
If you have an older Magento version (older than 1.9), I’d definitely consider Magento 2 as a new setup. If you would upgrade your Magento 1 setup to the latest version and optimise it, it might not be such an investment stretch to rebuild your environment on Magento 2. Of course, this depends on the complexity of your store, but if you are experiencing slowness and usability issues, this might be your chance to take a big step in improving your web store.
All new, all fresh
You can’t upgrade from Magento 1 to Magento 2. It has to be built from scratch, and that’s a good thing. This leads to an optimised, user-friendly setup both for store owner and customer, and the speed optimisation results in higher sales and conversion. Magento 2 and its basic template is fully responsive and has full page cache built in. It has a testing framework and other techniques that will help your Magento developer, and which in turn will result in a decrease in that development time – and costs!
So should you move on to Magento 2 or not? As I said, if you have an older environment and you want to step up your game, you should really consider starting all-fresh with Magento 2. If you’re starting your first web store: that’s a no-brainer. Go with Magento 2. And what if you have a latest, well-maintained, Magento 1 version? No reason not to stick with it for a while and see how Magento 2 develops in time. However, if you foresee an increase in customers and sales (great!), you could consider preparing for this new setup.
Currently, we are in the process of implementing some Magento 2 stores and communication with a lot of customers to see if they should make the switch or not. It’s a lot of fun though; together we can define the store owner’s goals and desires and decide what the best solution is. If you’d like to talk to someone about what you could do, feel free to give us a ring or shoot us an e-mail: we’d love to help you decide!