For ecommerce store owners and merchants on the Magento platform, you may have already heard rumblings about the next version of Magento, Magento 2. Magento agency Peacock Carter Edinburgh take a look at what’s new in Magento 2.
For merchants, the launch of a new platform can be a daunting prospect, especially if you’re settled and profitable on an existing version of Magento. This guide aims to introduce merchants to Magento 2, and also answer when – if at all – you need to upgrade your version of Magento.
What is Magento 2?
Magento 2 is the next version of Magento: most merchants these days will be running Magento Community 1.7, 1.8 or 1.9, or Magento Enterprise Edition 1.12, 1.13 or 1.14. It provides a new base for your ecommerce store(s).
Magento 2 applies to both Magento Community and Magento Enterprise Editions.
New features and improvements for Magento 2
Here is an overview of what’s new for Magento 2:
- Better performance: Magento 2 is built to be faster than before, and full page cache, previously only available in Enterprise Edition, is now available in Magento Community, too.
- Improved administration panel: Magento 2 has a revamped administration panel, which a much slicker look and improved louboutin schuhe product grid, with greater filter control over products. It’s also now touch-friendly, meaning you can more easily manage your store from devices such as iPads and iPhones
- Better reporting: louboutin schuhe sales and order reporting has been vastly improved for Magento 2 – great for merchants!
- New features every quarter: one announcement which has us excited is that of new features for Magento 2 every quarter. There’s also a greater
If you’d like more information on what’s new in Magento 2, check out what to expect in Magento 2 on our mothership’s blog!
When do you need to upgrade to Magento 2?
Whilst the first Magento 2 stores are already live, many of the extensions which proved so useful – and this popular – on Magento 1 are not yet ready for Magento 2. This likely means that a straight upgrade of your Magento store to Magento 2 is not a good idea at the moment, but will be worth starting to consider soon.
Magento 1 now has a three year lifespan (from December 2015) for long term support: after this time, Magento 1 versions for both Community and Enterprise Editions will no longer be supported by Magento, so security patches are unlikely to be issued for vulnerabilities after this point (December 2018). For merchants, this effectively means that you have 3 years to consider migration to Magento 2.
If you’d like our advice on migrating to Magento 2, please do contact us and talk to one of our Magento experts.