The release of Magento 2 has left many Magento 1 users wondering when and if they should be moving to the new platform. While the answer depends on each individual organization, here are a few reasons why you should make the jump, and one reason why you should stay right where you are.
Magento has announced that Magento 1 end of life will be at the end of 2018. From that point forward, Magento 1 will no longer receive any new features, security updates, or support. If you’re comfortable running your site on an unsupported platform, then this deadline doesn’t apply to you. If, however, you don’t want to risk the bugs, loss of PCI compliance, and security breaches that often comes with an unsupported platform, then you will want to move your site to M2 before the end of 2018.
If you are projecting some big business growth, you might want to upgrade sooner rather than later. Magento 2 was designed to be more scalable and more enterprise-level than Magento 1. If your organization is expecting the type of growth that will require you to change your website in the future, then moving to M2 would be wise.
If you’re taking the next step of growing your business, you’ll eventually hit the point where you need to be on M2 over M1. If you’re planning on reaching those levels eventually, starting the move to M2 before those changes hit will make the transition easier on your team.
We had a recent client who wanted to create a customer service portal on their Magento 1 environment, which would require some heavy customizations. They were perfectly happy with how Magento 1 was performing for them and weren’t necessarily interested in upgrading to M2. The reality of their situation, however, was that for every $1 we spent customizing their M1 site to meet their needs, it would cost 1.5x more to recreate those customizations on M2 when M1 reaches end of life.
If you’re making any changes that will require a significant financial investment in your platform, you might as well put that money into the newest software. For B2C sites especially, a move to M2 is in the near future for support reasons anyways. Time to rip off the bandage and make the jump to the newest platform.
When NOT to Make the Move
There are some sites that won’t need to make the move anytime soon, such as a B2B site. Whereas B2C customers demand the most up-to-date technology, it’s not unheard of to be a little outdated in the B2B industry. So, if you’re a B2B organization whose current Magento functionality is working for you, then you probably don’t have to worry about making a move anytime soon.
In fact, if your company is comfortable with your current Magento functionality, whether you’re B2B or B2C, then you’re probably safe to stay on Magento 1 until you need to make a change.
Are you interested in making the jump to Magento 2? Contact our team to get started.