Impeccable as it has been, Magento has an update to catch with a whole new package of features and upgrades in the fourth quarter of 2015. The developer community seems to be thrilled with the news, but the merchants and retailers are the ones curious with what it brings next to their business.
Back in the days, Magento dominated online shopping platforms and is still among the top most popular and used ecommerce platforms on the internet. Magento has always been a very impacted and inhabited platform; hence a crucial update for Magento 1x was called for, due to the inefficient areas and a few glitches that were countering its performance for several online merchants and retailers. With the new Magento 2 update, things will be quite different now.
As far as it comes, the Magento Company is field testing the working capabilities of Magento 2 with limited merchants to calibrate it in real-world situations and find if they are satisfied with the coding of the updated ecommerce platform. The company has left no stone unturned and involved a variety of industries from several areas, regions and capacities for diverse screening of the platform at its full spectrum.
The Magento team took considerable time study and research on the shortcomings of Magento until it was clear that some of its needed to be scraped and built again from the foundation. Integrated with the modern web stack (PHP, MySQL and the Zend Framework), Magento 2 is almost a complete reboot of its predecessor.
Over the past several years, the Magento team has analyzed the reviews and feedback on Magento 1x experience from the users, and feels confident that the remakes and changes improve efficiency, introduce better stability and provide new levels in ease of use. The anticipated outcome of the new release is expected to boost performance by 20% in contrast to Magento 1x.
Now let’s have a look at the leverages of the Magento 2 release in the eyes of the retailers. Aside from the deeply coded modular architecture of Magento, the API has been nudged along with extension conflict resolution tools for testing. New and more attractive layouts have been introduced as well as improved scalability with better product security and multi language support for visitor diversity. With all these updates at work the retailing processes will not only be clearer, but transparent for the customer to see. Enhanced Products and Categories Management
The menu is highly adaptable and the access controls can be customized for the users. Adding new details to the system such as products and categories and promotion content is quicker and easier.
New updates on what Magento 2.0 offers
From developer’s point of view there is a lot Magento 2.0 has to offer. Developing extensions for a platform this accessible will be a fun and easy task. Since now all the extensions have their own view directory assigned under the app structure, the developers won’t have to sweat in order to customize their installs like they used to, and the latest version also unveils jQuery which was replaced due to reviews and feedback. The dashboard looks good with the control panel giving a better sleight of hand due to its superior design and streamlined structure.
The customizing tendency of Magento 2 has increased thrice fold as need for cross module dependencies has been eradicated with the modular code of Magento 2, so the developers are able to perform targeted changes without being worried about clashing with other codes within Magento.
The best news however for the developer community, is the hardware compatibility of Magento. Being a highly feature rich platform, Magento had always suffered from low performance hardwares, consequently giving a bad developer experience. The new release on the other hand has completely washed away this bug and now allows hardware compatible functioning without any added software applications. Magento 2.0 is highly scalable when it comes to the previous versions.
The new release supports databases such as Microsoft SQL, mu SQL and Oracle. This gives a better and diversified look on the website developing and creating the perfect Magento store for the customer.
The new testing feature gives you the access to arrange automated tests for functional and performance testing as well as unit and integration testing. Previously this was based on staff testing methods that required quite the time and resources. With Magento 2.0 there will be no need for separate and unique testing methods.
With the Magento Migration Tools, developers can covert the preceding versions of Magento stores into the newly released Magento 2.0. This however is still under testing and might not work for all the stores yet.
The time span allotted by Magento for the previous versions to keep functioning is three years tops. The Magento 1x will be supported but no features will be added during that period. If not by 2015, you must upgrade your stores to Magento 2.0 by 2016 or 2017, since Magento 2 extensions for the new release will hit the stores and you don’t want to lose business when it comes to a better store in the hands of a rival. Performance upgrades such as Developer community will be active in the process producing newly skilled developers to make sure the reign of Magento 2.0 lasts longer.
The new Magento Connect Marketplace 2.0 allows you to run down and scan extensions for possible plagiarism, quality checks and code reviews with an advanced and user friendly interface to search for extensions easily. Developer can manage extensions better than ever with the new dashboard introduced in 2.0 version while the fresh extensions keep featuring into marketplace. While installing and upgrading modules you can also check for store stability and the 200+ free and paid extensions are currently available on the marketplace.
The most prevailing glitch that gave off the buzzer, was Magento’s failure in providing effective database management. Ineffective load balancing was once of the main issues. When you inject all the content you have on CDN, the load balancing fails to configure your data.
Now with Magento 2.0, it’s rather a task no more required because you can have a standalone database for order management and checkout. It is basically an update for more conversions and better sales experience for the customer. All the categories and products along with the content are served out of one mySQL database to handle traffic, whereas for checkout a secondary database is used. Hence those changes can show how your websites keeps its visitors valued by scaling out the site and assigning the dedicated resources for these valued visitors who are only at your website to buy. The catalog database separation and mySQL clusters are also compatible in the new Magento 2.0 release.
According to a survey conducted on card abandonments, 60% conversions drop due to lack of payment gateways. With Magento 2.0 the payment process is now integrated with third party embedded APIs with inline iFrame that allows any third party to host the payment form while at the same time being engaged in the checkout process. The payment gateways in the new Magento release include PayPal, CyberSource, WorldPay, BrainTree, Authorize.net and other prevalent gateway systems. Improved Speed
The Magento 1x platform was ineffective when the users would browse the website, where as Magento 2.0 is as much as 25% faster in contrast to it. The page views capacity has been expanded from 500,000 views per hour on the preceding versions of Magento compared to a staggering 10 million page reviews per hour in the new Magento 2.0 considering the same hardware has been used.
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The way Magento 2.0 optimizes and modifies the checkout process is very impressive. While it’s also true that customer details and registration is an essential process for a retailer, ‘Create Account’ for checkout always scares the customer away, deleting all the progress. And even if they make an account in haste, they forget the password and wont dare make another attempt.
Magento 2.0 not only simplifies all the checkout processes into a speedy treat, it also introduces an approach to the consumer that they really want to purchase the product, hence removing the hassle of connecting dots for making a checkout for good. To make the checkout process more transparent the shipping rates shown instantly after the compulsory fields have been filled, and there is no need for entering your billing address unless you are payment ready for the checkout option.
The checkout is absolutely Zip code friendly and customers who live in places with multiple zip code cities then it can be corrected easily unlike in the past versions.
The official release of Magento 2 will be in the fourth quarter of 2015 and is rumored to be 15th of October. The beta versions have already hit the developers’ community and feedbacks are kicking in. The Beta is not combat ready as it misses payment gateways and a few other features for proper functioning, but hopefully it will be in production for websites to use by the end of the year.