In case you missed it, yesterday evening UK time Magento announced the official release of Magento 2.
You can see the official release here: Magento Blog
Now this is exciting times as even post sale of Magento from eBay Inc we are still seeing development and innovation from the guys at Magento.
I am also going to admit they proved me wrong. They always said Magento 2 would be released in Q4 2015 and I always aid yeah yeah it will be Q1 2016 for sure…so kudos to the guys for proving me wrong.
Now lets have a quick break down of what the key changes are in Magento 2:
- The user interface in the admin area has changed a bit
- A rewrite of the same features as Magento 1.X but using jQuery
- It now uses Composer for managing packages/updates
Note from Matt:
And composer, that is a tool for dependency management in PHP (what Magento uses) and makes updates easier to manage.
But….Hold Your Horses Cowboy!
We know the lure of that ‘new shiny thing’ and the eagerness to have the latest version but our advice now and our advice months ago when we first heard about Magento 2 is the same.
Hold off until 2016
There are two key reasons for this.
Firstly we are in November, It would be absolutely crazy to think about changing software or web platforms at this time of the year.
Christmas is upon us and making any big changes could lead to ecommerce suicide.
Secondly it is a new release. New releases tend to mean bugs or “Undocumented features” as Matt calls them.
Let someone else find them first!
We would strongly recommend holding off until at least the middle of 2016.
Right now there is no clear upgrade path from 1.9.x to 2.0. Extensions will need to be migrated and some may need a full rework due to the architecture change between 1 and 2.
Magento 1 is stable and still supported by a huge community and if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.
Don’t get us wrong Magento 2 is and will be a great platform to use but right now it is in it’s infancy and in our opinion it would be unwise to explore it for your business right now.
As always, to your continued success,
Dave & Matt