Magento 2 introduction

Want to get up to date with what’s happening with Magento 2? Let specialist Magento agency Peacock Carter York guide you through the changes.

by Richard Carter.

If you’re a merchant or web developer using Magento 2, you’ll find our introduction to Magento 2 useful!

Magento 2 has been in developed for quite a while now, and was finally released in December 2015 for merchants and web developers to start using. Here’s what you can expect from Magento 2 in a brief list:

  • Easier product management: the Magento administration panel has had a huge makeover, with a more powerful product grid to help you find the products you’re looking for faster
  • Improved “Magento Connect” for better management of quality of extensions for Magento stores
  • Faster Magento stores: Full Page Cache is now available in both Magento Community and Magento Enterprise Editions. And faster stores are great for customers and search engines!
  • Quarterly release of new features for Magento: with a published roadmap of what’s coming up on the Magento website.
  • The end of support for Magento 1: 3 years from December 2015 (see the section below on whether you should update to Magento 2 now or not)
Screenshot of Magento 2 admin screen

You can also read a more detailed post about what to expect in Magento 2 on our parent blog at Peacock Carter.

When does Magento 1.x support end?

Official support for Magento 1 versions (including Magento Community 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8 and Magento Community 1.9, and corresponding Magento Enterprise editions). The launch of Magento 2 started a countdown for the support of Magento 1, giving it a three year life span. This means that Magento 1 will no longer be supported after December 2018. It is recommended that merchants updated to Magento 2 in the coming three years to keep their website secure, and also to benefit from Magento 2’s new features.

Should you use Magento 2 yet?

As a Magento agency, this is something we get a lot of queries on: is Magento 2 ready? There are some recently launched Magento 2 websites currently live and in use by customers, but the common extensions for shipping, payment gateways and other common ecommerce features are not yet ready, so we advise waiting until these extensions are ready and live.

If you’d like to discuss upgrading your Magento store to Magento 2, please do get in touch. And, of course, we’ll be developing Magento 2 training courses for our clients in the coming months to help them master the