5 Great New Features of Magento 2

Even with all the flexibility and customizable benefits of the Magento 1 platform, it still lacks on many fronts. Magento 1 doesn’t offer much in terms of user-friendliness or performance. The platform also lacks native support for essential performance optimizing tools for an e-commerce website. The Magento 2 platform addresses many of the shortcomings of its older version. It seeks to improve the quality of e-commerce experiences for everyone involved, from developers to admin to buyers. As such, Magento 2 is equipped with various new features and enhancements that give it an edge over other e-commerce platforms, including its own predecessor. Here’s what is new and different with Magento 2:

More Efficient Admin Interface

The admin panel of Magento 2 is a vast improvement over that of Magento 1.x versions in terms of usability, intuitiveness and navigability. The UI design of the admin panel is slick and touch-friendly. Store owners can manage the store through this panel easier.

The admin dashboard in Magento 2 has a much more simple and easy to understand design; it doesn’t take long for new admin users to get used to working with it. Different components of the panel, such as menus, are better organized which makes navigation through the panel convenient. The admin interface is divided into categories like sales, stores, products, customers, content, etc. and  then further into sub-categories.

Admins are free to personalize their admin panel as they see fit to streamline the management of day-to-day activities. They can save customized views to have quicker access to important business data. Other simplified admin tasks include product and attribute configuration and customizable data grids.

New products can be created easily with the help of superior product import capabilities that are 4 times faster and a more sophisticated product creation tool. The panel has drag-and-drop layout editing, which empowers even the non-technical people to make changes in the store’s layout and appearance.

In terms of security, Magento 2 admin panel allows only one person to log in per admin user account. So, if a user is working with an admin account and another user tries to log-in using the same admin account, the first user will be automatically logged out by the system. For stores where there are multiple people working on the admin side, it will be necessary for each user to create their own unique admin account on the system. Each admin will need a unique username and password so that they can work seamlessly, without being interrupted by other admin users. From a security viewpoint, this feature is important because it will be easier to detect if any unauthorized user is trying to break into the system.

Smoother Checkout Process

Complicated checkout flows can annoy a user and drive them away right when they’re at the edge of making a purchase. A simple checkout process is an important step in converting leads to customers. Magento 2 understands this and implements it smartly into the platform. The checkout is now a 2-step process, unlike the multi-step checkout process of  the Magento 1 platform.

The platform has also eliminated certain redundant steps for users. For example, if a user is an existing customer and their payment information is saved in the system, during checkout the system will auto-fill the payment details, sparing that customer the trouble of filling in their payment information every time they make a purchase.

Furthermore, Magento 2 solves the confusion related to “Order Success” page and Order Information that was present in Magento 1. In Magento 1, guest customers were prompted to create an account just after they had placed an order on the “Order Success” page. When the guest customer did go for this option, however, they couldn’t find the details of their recently placed order in the newly created account. This left customers in a fix, unsure whether their recent order was a success or not.

Magento 2 solves this confusion by providing customers with their recent order information, the one that they placed right before creating an account on the store. This means that the system not only gives customers a chance to sign up after placing an order, but it also gives them the information on the order that they just placed before signing up. Users can know for sure that their recent order has been successfully placed.

Popular Payment Gateways Integration

Popular payment gateway extensions like PayPal, Authorize.net, and Braintree are integrated out -of -the -box with the Magento 2 platform. The Enterprise Edition of Magento 2.0 is also integrated with CyberSource and WorldPay. By providing out -of -the -box support for these popular payment gateway options, Magento 2 makes it easier to equip the website with secure and efficient payment process. An e-commerce website that offers a safe and secure payment environment is always attractive to customers.

Even with all the flexibility and customizable benefits of the Magento 1 platform, it still lacks on many fronts. Magento 1 doesn’t offer much in terms of user-friendliness or performance. The platform also lacks native support for essential performance optimizing tools for an e-commerce website. The Magento 2 platform addresses many of the shortcomings of its older version. It seeks to improve the quality of e-commerce experiences for everyone involved, from developers to admin to buyers. As such, Magento 2 is equipped with various new features and enhancements that give it an edge over other e-commerce platforms, including its own predecessor. Here’s what is new and different with Magento 2:

Improved Capabilities for Performance and Scalability

Several performance and scalability improvements have been made in the Magento 2 platform to deliver dramatic results. One of these improvements is in the Magento indexers. In Magento, indexing is storing the merchant data, such as catalog data and prices, into index tables which are then referenced for querying to improve the query response speed. The indexers in Magento 2 come with more effective updates for speedier querying.

Magento 2 also offers performance test scripts which makes it possible to create test environments for experimenting with changes in code and the impact of those changes on the website’s performance.

Both Community and Enterprise editions of Magento 2 have built-in full page caching capability. While it can take 5-10 seconds for non-cached pages to load, enabling full page caching can cut down the page loading time to just 1-2 seconds. Moreover, Magento 2 supports Varnish cache, a powerful HTTP accelerator, out of the box. Varnish is considered an essential tool in full page caching and can be activated in Magento 2 by making a few configuration changes.

Generally speaking, the website loading time in Magento 2 is much faster than what it was in Magento 1 due to factors like a separate database to process orders, static content caching, increased browser rendering, enhanced image impressions, etc.

Updated Stack of Technologies

As opposed to Magento 1.x, that works with a limited set of technologies, Magento 2 framework supports a host of updated and different technologies like HTML5, CSS3, RequireJS, MySQL 5.6, PHP 5.5.x, LESS CSS Pre-Processor, Apache 2.2 or later, and more. Magento 1 used the outdated Prototype JavaScript framework, whereas Magento 2 enables the use of more advanced JavaScript by leveraging jQuery and Knockout JS. By using modern JavaScript, Magento 2 helps in improving website speed at the client/browser side.

Another worthwhile mention is the usage of the LESS CSS Pre-Processor by Magento 2, which renders advanced CSS capabilities to the platform. Magento 2 offers added support for PHP7, too, which is many times better than the older PHP versions.

These are just a couple of new, key  features provided by Magento 2. Others include better default theme, more efficient CMS capabilities, improved back-end architecture, streamlined file and directory structure, component oriented architecture, etc. Boasting of such advanced functionality, performance, flexibility, and capabilities, Magento 2 can be considered a major breakthrough in e-commerce innovation.

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