Magento 2 Now Released….But hold your horses!

Hey ,

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:
If you’re wondering what jQuery & Composer are: jQuery is the defacto standard for making Javascript work across all the different browsers types. eBay, Amazon & Tamebay use jQuery.

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

7 replies
  1. hello4955
    hello4955 says:

    Hi guys

    I’m thinking to make the move to Magento/m2e… Is it worth setting up the Magento/m2e system on Magento 1 and then upgrading to Magento 2 or will it be better to wait a bit and set up directly on Magento 2?

    When do you think will be safe to move to Magento 2? And will it be a headache upgrading from Magento 1 to Magento 2?



    • Ken Shinde
      Ken Shinde says:

      Lots of reasons to upgrade to Magento 2.0, Tom.
      About how-to, you can search Magento 1.x to Magento 2 migration tool provider

      • Dave Furness
        Dave Furness says:


        You are missing a lot of the points…There are very limited extensions and themes as shown above.

        Also as we at UnderstandingE are showing the 3rd Generation of Multi-Channel Software….guess what…right now Magento 2 cannot be multi-channel, so i’m not sure how many times we have to state “It Isn’t Ready Yet”

  2. Alex
    Alex says:

    Great post,
    I would definitely hold off switching until Marketplace is live in Q1 2016, otherwise you won’t be experiencing Magento 2 and it’s full potential, as it was intended.

    • B2
      B2 says:

      You can use it as an actual fresh install but keep in mind there is only couple of working modules for now so any payment gateway, custom themes, 3rd party integrations may not be available for couple of weeks (months in the worst).

      • Matthew Ogborne
        Matthew Ogborne says:

        Howdy B2,

        Yea more like months as from what i’ve seen & read, Magento 2 extensions are basically a complete rewrite of Magento 1.X ones, so it’ll take a while for the current providers to update them (if they even do!).



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