So many Magento questions, so little time!
Do I need to rush out to get a shiny new Magento 2.x site? Will my Magento 1.x site be unsecured, or out of date if you don’t upgrade? Am I losing business by not upgrading? Should I even consider launching a new website on Magento 1.9?
We’re going to try and answer all of the above, as well as give you our views on how things are going with Magento in general, ahead of their Magento Live UK conference next month.
Quick timeline of Magento 2.0
- Dec 2010 – Magento 2 was originally announced as a successor to Magento 1.x
- Feb 2011 – The original release date was set as November 2011
- June 2011 – Magento was acquired by eBay
- Sep 2011 – Magento 2 development was halted through various organisational changes
- ~2011 to 2014~ – Not much is known, but it is thought that the project was completely re-scoped to make it more competitive and future proof
- Dec 2014 – Developer Beta
- March 2015 – Developer Release Candidate
- Sep 2015 – Merchant Beta
- Nov 2015 – 4 Years later Magento 2.0 was released to the community
- June 2016 – Magento 2.1 Released
- ~2016 to 2017~ – Ongoing improvements with a new version ever 2 months so far.
- May 2017 – Current latest version is Magento 2.1.7
Read more about features and benefits on our Magento 2 page, or read about our Magento Design & Build projects.
Magento 1.x is not End of Life
When Magento originally announced 2.0 for public use, Magento 1.x was given a 3 year timeline for End of Life; November 2018. However, at the time of writing , Magento have announced that they will continue to support Magento 1.x and have no current plans to stop supporting it.
Magento’s official blog post states on 30th of May 2017:
“Magento 1 has been and will continue to be supported for the foreseeable future. We have no intention of denying access to our world-class software and know your business relies on Magento to drive growth and differentiation for your brand.”
It also commits to giving 18 months of notice before they make any changes to their support level, showing that Magento are keen to keep supporting the many businesses that rely on their software, and to maintain the good will with the development community that are building and supporting these sites.
Your questions answered!
Below are some of the more common questions, complaints and misunderstandings around Magento (specifically Magento 2). If you can’t find an answer to a question you’re looking for, feel free to get in contact, and we’ll try to guide you in the right direction for your business and your situation.
Is Magento dying?
Magento is still the largest Open Source Ecommerce system in the world, and has a huge number of installations when compared to nearest rivals Demandware and Hybris. The community based around Magento is continuing to grow each year, as more and more companies embrace the Magento platform.
Magento is one of the safest technologies to build your business around, due not only to it’s capabilities, but also its huge community support.
% of Alexa Top 100k Sites
% of Open Source Ecommerce
Magento 2 Monthly Growth
Do you still have questions about Magento 2? Contact our team today on 020 3813 5351.