Late last year, the future ofattracted a lot of attention after an open letter to the Magento community was published, airing concerns about where the platform may be going.
A 'Magento fork' initiative is being driven by the community. This would represent a substantial change to Magento's current ecosystem, but there has already been much support from inside the community that is backing the initiative.
Let's take a look at what led us here, the 'fork in the road' (and how it would work) and what may happen next.
The Future of Magento Open Source Under Threat?
Magento is an eCommerce platform that began life as 'Magento Community'. It is mostly used by small online retailers, allowing them to build their own customised stores from scratch. The platform is famed for its scalability and flexibility and is seen as a 'real leveller' for small businesses especially, who have to compete with larger companies for a browser's attention. The overriding benefit of Magento is that it allows a worldwide community of developers to enhance the platform through innovation – making it an attractive proposition for eCommerce traders.
Historically, Magento Open Source has used what is described as a 'monolith' PHP framework – this keeps the front and backends of the platform together, rather than separating them. This model helps small businesses who may not have the knowhow or resources available to cope with separate systems and prefer the all-in-one framework when managing their website.
So, what's the issue?
However, the wider eCommerce industry has moved in a direction that will see increased focus placed on microservices that are hosted in cloud storage. While the monolith system that Magento uses is a singular unit, microservices represent an architecture that has been broken down into a collection of smaller independent units. This shift has led to talk of the PHP monolith being disposed of by Adobe, the owner of Magento. If this was to happen, it would change the architecture of Magento beyond all recognition.
As you may imagine, the prospect of this has caused some frustration from within the Magento community and hence, some members have taken it upon themselves to try and lead the community down another path. The fork in the road.
What is the Magento community's 'fork in the road' proposing?
The community want to move forward and they believe they can make it happen through a collaborative approach, together with the Magento Association and Adobe. The proposed fork will be compatible with Magento Open Source while remaining supported by Adobe – this means that when the PHP monolith is made obsolete, all merchants who want to remain on the monolith platform can do so.
While it remains to be seen what happens next, the team here at Code Media will be keeping a close eye on the future of the platform and news within the community. If you're interested in talking more about Magento eCommerce, then our team of experts is always on hand to assist.
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