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What’s New In Magento 2

With the launch of Magento 2 in November last year, it’s been pretty exciting times within the open source ecommerce ecosystem given it’s the most significant release for Magento since it’s inception in 2008

Developers, partners, and merchants alike have all been keeping an eye on the release and we’ve been fortunate enough to be involved with testing, training and development to get a real insight as to what features we can benefit from, and what impact the release will have on the ecommerce community.

Today we’d like to share some of the great features that Magento 2 will boast and some considerations as to how that might impact you

NEW PRICING MODEL AND LICENSING UPDATES

Something of a pain point for merchants in the past, Magento has now adopted a per-business licensing model instead of per instance(server). That means retailers can build out any type of infrastructure they’d like for their Magento solution. Now you can host Magento on a scalable cloud-based infrastructure or on dedicated hardware, it’s no problem and there will be no licensing considerations to do so.

Magento Community remains free and the Enterprise edition license will be aligned with your gross sales volume handled by Magento. Click here to find out more

PERFORMANCE UPGRADES

Magento 2 has been blue-printed and overhauled to be much faster than its predecessor.  Firstly, Indexers have been improved to ensure the various tables are updated and optimized, boosting the performance of database queries and page loads.

Magento 2 Community Edition comes out of the box with caching capabilities and optimized indexing that has historically been limited to Magento Enterprise Edition, meaning they’re both now pretty similar in terms of performance

Magento 2 Enterprise Edition has the added ability to split out multiple master/slave databases based on functional area for those retailers that require major scalability and database performance for their solution

MODULAR ARCHITECTURE AND & UPDATED TECHNOLOGY STACK

Magento 2 gives you the ability to update the parts of the solution in isolation without impacting other areas as the code base is now far more modular before. This is exciting for developers as there is now more flexibility around changing “parts” of the product, making development easier and also faster.

Magento now supports a modern technology stack to and will benefit from these technologies in terms of support, performance and development now and into the future.

Technologies supported in Magento 2:

Web servers

  • Apache 2.x
  • Nginx 1.7+

PHP

  • 5.5, 5.6x, 7.0

Database

  • MySQL 5.6.x
  • MySQL Percona 5.6.x

Reverse Proxy/Web Accelerator

  • Varnish 3.x
  • Varnish 4.x

Cache Storage

  • Redis 2.x
  • Redis 3.x
  • Memcache 1.4.x

Search

  • Solr 4.x

Additional technologies

  • HTML5
  • CSS3 (LESS CSS pre-processor)
  • JQuery (primary JavaScript library)
  • RequireJS (library that helps load JavaScript resources on demand)
  • Third-party libraries (Zend Framework 1, Zend Framework 2, Symfony)
  • Coding standards PSR-0 (autoloading standard), PSR-1 (basic coding standards), and PSR-2 (coding style guide), PSR-3, PSR-4
  • Composer (dependency management package for PHP)

UPGRADED ADMIN USER INTERFACE

One of the most noticeable changes for Magento 2 is the new Admin user interface which is a huge improvement over the old one. It looks and feels great and is very customisable for merchants now, also boasting the added ability to drag and drop grid columns for easier merchandising of product catalogs.

Some of the features we love:

  • customisable views per user
  • customisable back-end
  • the product creation wizard

The Magento 2 admin experience is vastly different from 1.x, we think it’s going to make managing your Magento store far easier and more enjoyable particularly around product creation and management

SOME OTHER GOOD STUFF

Some of the other features Magento 2 boasts

  • Enhanced API’s
    • Improvements to API calls and continued support for SOAP / REST
  • Extension Conflict Management
  • Automated Testing
  • Theming & Layout Improvements
    • Out-of-the-box Magento 2 has 2 base themes.
    • Multi-Level Theme Inheritance
    • Modular Code for theme
  • Checkout Improvements
    • Advanced Guest Checkout (automatic email detection)
    • Easily configurable
    • Intelligent Guest checkout

TIME TO CHANGE?

If you’re looking at Magento as an option for your business, or if you’re looking to upgrade your Magento solution. Magento 2 poses some interesting questions as to what direction you should take for your business. Given Magento has now been available for several months, support and development continues to grow stronger and the big question for any business looking to change is timing.

Obviously, each business has their own individual requirements and must be looked at in-depth to make the appropriate choice for your business. We will look to do a blog post on this soon but for now, you can get in touch with us directly to discuss your options and what direction would suit your business.

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