Thoughts on Magento 2: Should you upgrade?

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If you have come here for a quick read, I won’t beat around the bush. There are LOTS of divided opinions out there on the merits of an upgrade to Magento 2, it’s either the best thing since sliced bread or a load of rubbish. It’s all a bit confusing; do you upgrade now, next or never? In a nutshell, here’s what I think;

Don’t rush to get on to Magento 2. BUT, at least make a start.

Should I upgrade to Magento 2?

I just googled this exact statement, then visited the first 8 or 9 organic listings. What answers do you think I found? Do you think it was: Nope, stay where you are?

Nope. To be honest, the most common message in all of them was:

“You are at risk of getting left behind if you do not upgrade now, or at least soon.”

Scare tactics, classic.

Magento 2 is the future

Not so much the present. The platform itself is, at most, about 70% finished and to pretend otherwise is foolish. We can’t expect it to be perfect at this point, and we definitely shouldn’t be rushing to make the leap from Magento 1 either.

If you have a really poor web store that is terrible to use, then yes Magento 2 is definitely better than what you have and you should move right now. 

However, if you have a fully functioning & stable web store, based on Magento 1.9 for example, then yes, start planning your move to 2 but there is no need to waste time and effort rushing to get on to a platform that is still finding its feet.

What do I do now?

  • Find & speak to a reputable Magento development agency about your Magento 2 plans
  • Which edition is for you: Magento 2 Community Edition or Magento 2 Enterprise Edition?
  • Create a clear and detailed brief for your new store
    • Required Vs Desired functionality
    • Data migration/integrations
    • Design
    • Budget
  • Start testing and working with Magento 2
  • Share your experiences and listen to others
  • Stay up to date on the latest version releases
    • What bugs are they fixing and prioritising?
    • Are there new features that you requested in your brief?
    • How are the community reacting to the new version?
  • Be ready

Shop around

I 💛 Magento

Magento are working so hard on the new platform, and I do sympathise as there is quite a bit of negativity being thrown around about Magento 2. The work they’ve done/are doing is fantastic and I do believe we will all soon be saying “Gosh, remember when we were all on Magento 1. It’s so much better now.”

Upgrade to Magento 2 - Hold your horses

So hold your horses! Stop rushing in, keep testing & I will let you know when it’s time to make the leap 😜

Agree? Disagree? Get in touch and let me know your thoughts: @RebeccaLTroth @iwebtweets

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