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Should eCommerce Startups Wait For Magento 2?

  • Written By Marcus
  • Posted October 9, 2015
  • 2 minutes Read Time

Here’s the thing: Magento 1.9.1 is fabulous, but Magento 2 is on its way – possibly even this year. Understandably, that leaves many current Magento eCommerce sellers wondering whether to invest time and effort in Magento 1.9.1 now or hang around until the new version is available. Okay, so spoiler alert, we’re not going to give you one ultimate answer to that question. What we will do though is lay out the issues for you in straightforward terms and suggest our balanced conclusion. Here goes.

So first, some reasons to soldier on with the current platform for a while longer. Let’s be honest. Anything new can have its problems, and just like 1.9.1 took a while to become completely stable and trustworthy, Magento 2 is likely to need a bit of testing, tweaking and patience in the early days. With Magento 1.9.1 you can stand back smugly and enjoy the stability you know and love, together with the expectation of a good few more years of support ahead, while others take version 2 out of its shiny wrapper and work out what needs fixing. Remember, they’ll have to sort out the plug-ins too, to make sure all the various elements of your eCommerce store can run seamlessly under the new system. If your business is small-scale or even in the medium size, this probably answers your question. You can save time and effort in learning new ways and stick with what works well. Magento 1.9.1 is not old or redundant.

But, then again. Mobile devices are massive in the eCommerce world, and rumour has it, Magento 2 is all about responsivity, fast page loads, speedy processing and lightning speeds for searching large databases. Whatever else Magento 2 promises (and we don’t have many more details ourselves yet) this could be a deal breaker for larger companies looking for some sturdy futureproofing. And of course, if you’re a firm that enjoys taking part in programming development, maybe you’re better off becoming an early adopter of the new platform technology.

On balance, perhaps the wisdom is this. If you’re happy as you are, don’t get scared of being outdated anytime soon. But if you’re keen to be involved at the cutting edge, hold fire for just a few more months because it’s coming…!

Image: geralt  under Creative Commons.