When so many retailers are considering upgrading their eCommerce solutions from Magento 1 or re-platforming, we are being asked more and more, ‘is it the right time to migrate to Magento 2?’
As a Magento-focused agency, it may seem that we may have a slight hidden agenda on the framing of this post! However, it is definitely worth a read to understand the rationale behind the speculation.
We would also love to hear your views and if you have already made the move, help the readers learn from your first hand experience.
Areas covered include:
- Is Magento 2 bug-free?
- Does Magento 2 have a smaller development community?
- Why is NOW a good time to make the move?
- Key facts on Magento 2
- Newly launched Magento 2 sites
Is Magento 2 bug-free?
When Magento 2 was launched at the end of 2015, there were bugs and like many newly launched products, these were recognised, prioritised and worked through accordingly. Magento 2 was rebuilt from the ground up. The reason for this drastic change was to ensure that Magento retains its position as the leading global eCommerce provider.
So is Magento 2 bug free? The short answer is no. Having said this, software is rarely bug-free, and the team at Magento is committed to continuously improving the code and eliminating any bugs. Magento has always benefited from a large user base made up of merchants and end customers. This has meant that any issues are exposed quickly, and resolved.
Does it have a smaller development community?
For M2 the strategy has changed considerably. The short answer is yes. The rationale around this can be explained in the below 3 points:
1) The Magento community is focused on high quality over quantity. Magento has largely driven this, as each module created for commercial use goes through a high level of governance to maintain high coding standards. This adds to the perception that there are fewer modules available.
2) Magento 1 has a large amount of duplicated modules. I.e. there are a large number of duplicate modules from different providers and largely all achieving a similar results. Historically, agencies would rely on reviews and past experience when selecting a module. Now, the selection process is easier due to the code review scrutiny and guidelines set out by Magento.
3) Magento 1 still has a lifespan of 20 months, and a large number of merchants are leveraging their investment in M1. Many merchants are working on their M2 projects, and many more will follow in the coming months. Over the next year, the M2 community will continue its momentum as more retailers begin their migration.
Why is NOW a good time to make the move?
We’ve been having conversations with our existing clients over the past 14 months around when is the right time to move to Magento 2.
Most of them will continue to leverage from their investment in M1 and start the migration journey this year. For the early adopters (merchants that started the migration in 2015 and the early part of 2016) had a challenging time due to bugs and lack of module availability.
14 months on, we’re pleased to say that it’s a different situation. The platform is stable and performing well from our internal testing, the number of quality modules available covers the vast majority of clients’ growing requirements.
Furthermore, M1 was here for 8 years, and M2 is likely to be here for the same again, so we can confidently say the time is right.
Key facts on M2
- M2 Live Sites: 24,000+
- $250 Million investment into the continuous improvement of the future roadmap – https://www.internetretailer.com/2017/01/04/magento-raises-250-million-chinese-investment-firm
- M2 includes some of the following enhancements:
- Elastic Advanced Search
- Faster across the board (50ms cached page & 350ms non-cached)
- Powerful import & Export functionality
- Full page cache
- Add video as standard
- New Admin interfaced
- Enhanced conversion focused Checkout
- Database scale
- Visual Merchandiser
- PayPal on-page modal integration as standard
Newly launched M2 sites:
- Jaguar: shop.jaguar.com
- Land Rover: shop.landrover.com
- Oliver Sweeney: www.oliversweeney.com
- Kurt Geiger: www.kurtgeiger.com
- Sketchers: https://www.skechers.com/en-gb/
- Graze: www.graze.com/uk/shop/
- Gant: http://www.gant.co.uk/
- FaithConnexion: www.faithconnexion.com
- Helly Hansen: www.hellyhansen.com/
- Soak and Sleep: www.soakandsleep.com
- Ikea China: www.ikea.com/cn/en/
- SimpleHuman: www2.simplehuman.com/uk/
Ecommerce websites have hundreds modules and multiple complex integrations representing thousands of hours of back-and-forth with developers and third parties. If you’re choosing to stay put at the moment, we can fully understand the logic behind this!
If you have any questions or comments, we would love to hear them.
Thanks for reading!